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Transcript: "Making Tasks More Manageable"

Cynthia D. Steele, RN, MPH
Johns Hopkins University Alzheimer's
Disease Center:

Task breakdown is one of the most powerful techniques that caregivers will have in helping someone over the years who is affected by Alzheimer's disease. An important example of that is to think about a seemingly simple activity, like brushing one's teeth, involves really very many steps. So for example, you can still help someone who can do part of it by breaking down the task. For example, you might have to get the toothbrush out. Then they might look at it and not know what to do so you put it in their hand. Next, you put the toothpaste on and you do hand-over-hand cueing. So you actually take the last step, which is actually gently bringing their hand to their mouth and beginning the task.

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