Background: Verbal Fluency (VF) tasks are known as multimodal measures clinically
useful for monitoring cognitive decline during the aging process. Considering that the executive
control observed along VF tasks calls for a set of functions directing the behavior toward a general
goal, it may be assumed that there is a correspondence between VF ability and Functional Capacity
Methods: With this assumption in mind, the author aimed at performing a literature research on VF
ability and FC within aging.
Results: Only four studies whose title/abstract presented the target key-terms, partially fulfilled the
adopted criteria and were selected for discussion. Taken together, these articles attempted to correlate
cognitive material to aspects of functionality, one of which not doing so directly with the elderly
and another with no specific association with VF abilities.
Conclusion: Theories suggest that VF might be associated with complex executive mechanisms.
Still, a theoretical scheme and controlled researches possibly able to shed light on the underlying
balance among the VF abilities and functionality within aging are as yet, unknown.