Optimizing independence in activities of daily living

Kate Laver, Catherine Verrier Piersol, Rachel Wiley

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Functional decline is one of the key features of dementia. Yet, there is good evidence that non-pharmacological interventions can promote independence in activities of daily living. Initial discussion with the person with dementia and family as well as activity analysis is recommended in order to identify the person’s strengths, capabilities, and goals. There are several practical strategies that may optimize independence via task modification, environmental adaptation, and working with the person and their care partners.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDementia Rehabilitation
Subtitle of host publicationEvidence-Based Interventions and Clinical Recommendations
EditorsLee-Fay Low, Kate Laver
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780128186862
ISBN (Print)9780128186855
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Activities of daily living
  • Dementia
  • Occupational therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Self-care


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