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LEITE, Marinês Tambara; CASTIONI, Daniani; KIRCHNER, Rosane Maria  and  HILDEBRANDT, Leila Mariza. Functional capacity and cognitive level of elderly residents in a community in Southern Brazil. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2015, vol.14, n.37, pp.1-11. ISSN 1695-6141.

Objective: To evaluate the functional capacity and cognitive level of elderly people living in the urban area of a city in Rio Grande do Sul/Brazil. Method: Quantitative, descriptive and transversal study; which one had the participation of 368 elderly people. To collect the data were used: identification questionnaire, Mini-Mental, Katz Index and the Lawton Scale. In the analysis were used the descriptive statistic and the Fisher's exact test. Results: There were a predominance of women (64.9%), 60-70 years old (43.8%), married (46.5%), with some degree of schooling (90.8%). Regarding functional capacity, 85% are independent for Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) and 93.48% are independent for Activities of Daily Living (ADL). Conclusion: The study reveals a significant percentage of independent elderly people for ADL performance, but in need of help for IADL.

Keywords : Elderly; Aging; Health of the Elderly.

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