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Independence | Common Signs

  • Cannot reliably remember information
  • Relies on caregiver to answer questions for them
  • Needs supervision/assistance when using instruments, appliances or gadgets
  • Needs supervisions/assistance with personal care activities (e.g. bathing, grooming, dressing)
  • Reliant on others for transportation
  • Unable to handle money and manage finances
  • Unable to prepare meals
  • Needs supervisions/assistance with eating
  • Needs supervision/assistance with shopping (e.g. groceries)
  • Unable to upkeep household maintenance on their own
  • Needs assistance to keep track of their activities and appointments
  • Follows caregiver everywhere
  • Fears that the caregiver will leave them
 
Independence | General Description

Due to the progression of the disease, a person with Alzheimer's disease experiences the loss of certain abilities that not only reduce his or her actual level of independence, but undermines his or her sense of self. Because of decreasing functioning, everyday activities such as bathing and meal preparation may now pose a threat to their safety. Additionally, operating appliances and gadgets may be unsafe and require assistance or limitations for the person you care for. Due to memory impairments, remembering appointments and keeping a routine becomes increasingly difficult. The person you care for is dependent on you to remind them and transport them to their activities and appointments. As this dependence grows the person you care for may even rely on you to answer questions for them, and speak for them. With their increasing reliance on you as their caregiver, they may begin to fear daily life without you. This can lead to the person you care for shadowing you, or following you everywhere.

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See Also:
Symptom Library > Everyday Activities > Operating Gadgets/Appliances
Symptom Library > Everyday Activities > Personal Care/Hygiene
Symptom Library > Everyday Activities > Financial Management
Symptom Library > Everyday Activities > Shopping
Symptom Library > Everyday Activities > Household Chores
Symptom Library > Everyday Activities > Meal Preparation/Cooking
Symptom Library > Everyday Activities > Eating
Symptom Library > Everyday Activities > Bathing
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Unsafe Actions
Symptom Library > Personality Changes > Low Self Esteem
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Memory
Symptom Library > Personality Changes > Self-Awareness
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Last updated August 9, 2017
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