Background and Objective: Impaired executive functions, especially cognitive deficits, can have an impact on daily activities and functional mobility, and can thereby reduce quality of life. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship of functional mobility and quality of life with the level of executive functioning among older adults residing in Charoen Rat Sub-District, Mae Chai District, Phayao Province.
Methods: A total of 45 participants were recruited for this cross-sectional descriptive study. There were 9 men (20.00%) and 36 women (80.00%) aged 60 to 85 (mean 67.13 ± 6.41) years. A Digit span backward test was used to measure executive function. The quality of life was measured using by WHOQOL-BREF-THAI questionnaires. The functional mobility was measured by the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test. All data were analyzed by descriptive statistics and the Spearman rank correlation coefficient.
Results: The scores of digit span backward tests showed a low negative correlation with the scores of TUG and moderate positive correlation with the scores of quality of life (r=-0.36 and r=0.53 respectively)
Conclusion: Executive functions were negatively correlated with functional mobility, yet there was a positive correlation with quality of life.