UNLOCKING THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION: COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT AND FUNCTIONAL ABILITY AMONG ELDERLY RESIDENTS IN CHENNAI'S OLD AGE HOMES
This study examined the prevalence and relationship between cognitive impairment, disability, and mental health among elderly individuals in an urban setting in India. The sample included 198 respondents, primarily female, aged 65 to 90 years. The mean age of the participants was 77.4 ± 8.72 years. Educational attainment varied, with a notable proportion having low levels of education. Most participants belonged to high socio-economic status. A significant negative correlation (r = -0.347, p < 0.01) was found between Mini Mental Status Examination scores and the Disability Assessment Scale, indicating an association between declining cognitive status and increased functional disability. These findings underscore the importance of addressing cognitive impairment, disability, and mental health among the elderly. The study contributes valuable insights into the prevalence and relationships of these factors, calling for further research with larger cohorts for generalizability. This knowledge is crucial for predicting healthcare resource needs and guiding governmental policies to improve the quality of life for the growing elderly population in India.