It is commonly accepted that cognitive impairments are a natural part of aging. In fact, mild cognitive impairment is present in eighteen percent of people over age sixty according to the Alzheimer’s Association. They define mild cognitive impairment as “Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an early stage of memory loss or other cognitive ability loss (such as language or visual/spatial perception) in individuals who maintain the ability to independently perform most activities of daily living.”
Millions of American live with MCI unfortunately, many will progress to more severe forms of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Physicians assess a senior adult’s need for support services or residential care based on the Activities of Daily Living. I recommend downloading The NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s GeriKit smart phone app . It is an outstanding geriatric assessment tool.
All the other daily tasks of preparing food, cleaning house, laundry, paying bills, attending appointments, going shopping, and other events are classified as Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (iADL). Credit for Caring contains a wide array of products and resources for ADL and iADL support. We believe in preserving independence and autonomy for successful aging in place.
We can help support a person’s ability to remain independent doing their ADLs and iADLs. Occupational and Physical Therapist recommend these tools. Imagine a plate the enables a person with dominant hand weakness to eat with pleasure. Devices to help reach items that are too high or low to safely get. We have dressing, bathing, toileting, and eating tools and product bundles to address each ADL. Let us help you.
Monica Stynchula – CEO / REUNIONCare, Inc.