Alzheimer’s: Strips Individuals of All Skills

  • Verna Benner Carson
  • Katherine Johnson Vanderhorst
  • Harold G. Koenig


The tragedy of Alzheimer’s is that not only is it a fatal disease but also it gradually and completely destroys all skills that we associate with adulthood and independence. This stripping away of skills includes the most basic including our ability to manage the minute details of our lives, our finances, our ability to shop and cook for ourselves, bathe, dress, and toilet ourselves. No one would choose this.


Loss of ability to perform instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) Loss of ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) Strategies to deal with loss of abilities Bathing Dressing Managing money Shopping Cooking Eating Toileting 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Verna Benner Carson
    • 1
  • Katherine Johnson Vanderhorst
    • 2
  • Harold G. Koenig
    • 3
  1. 1.C&V Care Specialists, Inc.FallstonUSA
  2. 2.C&V Care Specialists, Inc.WilliamsvilleUSA
  3. 3.Dept. of Psychiatry Behavioral ScienceDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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