Journal of Epidemiology
Online ISSN : 1349-9092
Print ISSN : 0917-5040
ISSN-L : 0917-5040
Health Problems in Aging Populations
Hiroshi ShibataShuichiro WatanabeShu KumagaiHiroshi Haga
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1996 Volume 6 Issue 4sup Pages 71-78

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The present paper addresses functional capacity as a reasonable proxy for health in the elderly. The conceptual framework and its relation to quality of life and productivity are stated. Distributions of functional capacity according to a scale from low to high levels of functioning are shown. Cross-cultural differences, regional differences, and predictors of functional capacity and active life expectancy are also described. J Epidemiol, 1996; 6: S71-S78.

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