Changes in respiratory function are common in older populations and affect quality of life,
social relationships, cognitive function and functional capacity. This paper reviews evidence reported
in medical and psychological journals between 2000 and 2014 concerning the impact of changes in
respiratory function on daily living in older adults. A tentative model establishes relationships involving
respiratory function, cognitive function and functional capacities. The conclusion stresses the need for both longitudinal
studies, to establish causal pathways between respiratory function and psychosocial aspects in aging, and intervention
Keywords: Aging, asthma, cognition, dementia risk, functional capacity, lung function, respiratory function.
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