Age Related Glossary In each issue of Perspectives, a topic related to gerontology will be chosen and related terminology will be defined. Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): The basic personal care activities that help people live independently. These are usually defined as ambulation, bathing, continence, dressing, eating, toileting, and dressing. Individuals are ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2002
Age Related Glossary
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  • Rosemary Lubinski
    University at Buffalo
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Glossary
Article   |   December 01, 2002
Age Related Glossary
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2002, Vol. 7, 16. doi:10.1044/gero7.3.16
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2002, Vol. 7, 16. doi:10.1044/gero7.3.16
In each issue of Perspectives, a topic related to gerontology will be chosen and related terminology will be defined.
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): The basic personal care activities that help people live independently. These are usually defined as ambulation, bathing, continence, dressing, eating, toileting, and dressing. Individuals are assessed on their ability to perform each of these activities independently or with some degree of assistance. The amount of assistance needed becomes the basis for the type and amount of long term care needed, benefits, and admission to a long term care facility. In contrast, more complex personal tasks are defined as IADLs or Instrumental Activities of Daily Living. These include housekeeping, managing money, paying bills, shopping, preparing meals, traveling, and using the telephone.
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