Functional Assessment

Barbara Cochrane, PhD, RN, FAAN

de Tornyay Endowed Professor for Healthy Aging
Director, de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging
School of Nursing
University of Washington

Learning Objectives


By the end of this lecture, you should be able to:

  • Explain the differences between activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, and physical performance.
  • Identify at least one way that ADLs, IADLs, and physical performance can be assessed and whether the assessments are subjective or objective.
  • Describe risk factors for functional decline in older adults.

[From the Winter 2014 Geriatric Healthcare Lecture Series]