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CERQUERA CORDOBA, Ara Mercedes; URIBE RODRIGUEZ, Ana Fernanda; MATAJIRA CAMACHO, Yeferson Jhair  and  CORREA GOMEZ, Heidy Vanessa. Functional dependence and chronic pain associated with the quality of life among the elderly. Psicogente [online]. 2017, vol.20, n.38, pp.398-409. ISSN 0124-0137.

Objective: The presence of chronic diseases and increased pain and disability suggest a poor prog nosis for rehabilitation. This prognosis tends to generate complications in performing routine activities; and restraint in individual independence and autonomy is evident in most of the cases as the population ages. Currently more than 868 million people are over 60 years and they make up almost 12 % of the total world population. By 2050, it is estimated that there will be a 21 % increase in relation to the percentage of children under 15. This data implies that new social chal lenges and health care system response subserve elderly processes of adaptability and psychosocial growth in order to generate a range of resources for the elderly to cope health problems which affect their quality of life. To identify the association between functional dependence understood as the condition of physical impossibility and cognitive impairment elderly people have in carry ing out everyday tasks and pain related to "sensory experience and unpleasant emotional injury caused by real or potential tissue. Methodology: The literature review submitted in this paper was retrieved from databases such as Redalyc, Google Scholar, Ebsco, Medline Databases, etc., and 60 items included in indexed journals were selected. Results: As a result, a high prevalence of studies reporting that aging was associated with a higher level of functional dependency in the elderly.

Keywords : Functional dependency; Chronic pain; elderly; Chronic diseases.

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