A prospective study of functional status among community elders

L. G. Branch, S. Katz, K. Kniepmann, J. A. Papsidero

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A six-year prospective study provides estimates of functional status (independent, dependent, nursing home resident, or deceased) according to age, gender, and previous functional status for Caucasian elders initially living in the community. Half the cohort had sustained independence for the six years; of those dependent at the beginning, one-fourth to one-third regained independent function within 15 months, and one-fifth regained self-sufficiency within five years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-268
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1984


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