ADL’s as a Measure of Health and Independent Living

It is known that, in the past, I have tracked my daily activities. I was thinking of doing that in a more formal sense again. It’s not something most people do–unless one is on a diet or has some other health issue. But I wanted to write about how ADL’s are, in a good sense, a measure of one’s health and ability to live independently.

ADL’s are Activities of Daily Life. These include eating, grooming, taking medication, exercise and more. The more ADL’s one can accomplish, the more independent one is capable of living and, in some cases, the more healthy one is.

I think it’s typically good to track things one does. This is an outward measure and, really, hard evidence of one’s ability to care for oneself, one’s overall health, and the kinds of assistance with daily activities one needs.

In some cases, ADL’s may go down when one is sick, stressed or busy. It’s good to note these things on one’s ADL sheet so one can recall, for example, that one didn’t get dressed one day because one had a cold. This will help you remember that you had a legitimate issue, beyond independent living, that kept one from doing one’s ADL’s.

ADL’s are usually thought of as being only for people with functional issues or issues with independent living. But in a real sense, everyone could probably benefit from tracking certain activities just as many healthy people use a FitBit.

ADL’s can help one track patterns when one has added stress or worry from work or life events that may cause interference in one’s self care.

Just as one may count calories, keep a daily agenda or planner, one may track one’s ADL’s.

-Jennifer

Author: Jennifer Lawson

Philosopher. That is all.

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