Tips for Daily Life
The regular tasks of day-to-day life can become more challenging for a person as their disease gets more advanced.

Activities of daily living are divided into two major categories. The first, often called instrumental activities, includes more complex types of activities such as paying bills, shopping, managing medications, preparing meals and driving. The second category involves activities related to personal care needs and includes eating, bathing, dressing, getting in or out of bed or a chair, and using the toilet.

In the beginning of the disease, the person with dementia will have trouble with the complex instrumental activities. They may have changes in personality or behavior that impair their judgment or ability to complete multi-step tasks. The person will likely start to need some supervision and support to help maintain function and safety. As the disease progresses, the person will have more difficulty with basic functions and will need more hands-on help and support from caregivers.