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What is a functional assessment for Alzheimer's disease?

If the person seems to have Alzheimer's, a functional assessment can help determine its stage, which can help family members decide what type of care and support services are needed.

In a functional assessment, the therapist asks a family member to fill out a questionnaire about the person's ability to perform activities of daily living. By noting what activities the person completes successfully, partially, or not at all, the therapist can suggest ways of helping the individual accomplish these tasks, thereby preserving as much of the patient's independence as possible.

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