Frailty syndrome and all-cause mortality in demented patients: the Italian Longitudinal Study on Aging.

Memory Unit, Center for Aging Brain, Department of Geriatrics, University of Bari-Policlinico, Italy.
Age (Impact Factor: 6.28). 04/2011; 34(2):507-17. DOI: 10.1007/s11357-011-9247-z
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