- The Dementia Rating Scale (DRS) is a brief neuropsychological assessment battery designed to assess five areas of cognitive functioning in the elderly. The relationship between DRS performance and everyday functioning was examined for 50 psychogeriatric patients. Everyday functioning was assessed with a standardized performance measure examining self-care, safety, money management, cooking, medication administration, and community utilization. Regression analyses were conducted for each of the six functional domains. In addition, correlations between the DRS subscales and the functional areas were computed. Results revealed significant predictive relationships (p <.01) between performance on the DRS and most functional domains. The multiple Rs ranged from .52 - .70, accounting for 27% to 49% of the variance. The Initiation/Perseveration subscale was most heavily weighted in each analysis. Significant correlations were obtained between subdomains of cognition and most functional areas. The findings provide evidence of relationships between DRS performance and functional ability.