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Transitions in Aging

Retirement Planning II

Activities of Daily Living

Photo of woman helping another woman with a meal

  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Bathing
  • Walking or moving around
  • Communication

NEXT: Planning for Activities of Daily Living

Notes and References

Activities of daily living are often the things we would like to be able to do without needing support from someone else.

A few include dressing, eating, bathing, walking around and communicating with others, which are all things that are somewhat personal and private to us. To go into a little more detail, zipping our jacket, brushing our teeth, grooming or shaving, and writing out checks to pay the bills all fall under activities of daily living. Unfortunately, as we become older, we may experience more challenges in completing these activities.1 In order to prepare for any issues with these types of activities, we should begin planning for possible changes as soon as possible.


  1. Covinksy, K. E., Palmer, R. M., Fortinsky, R. H., Counsell, S. R., Stewart, A. L., Kresevic, D., & Landefeld, C. S. (2003). Loss of independence in activities of daily living in older adults hospitalized with medical illnesses: Increased vulnerability with age. Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 51(4), 451-458.