How does the Alzheimer Functional Assessment Tool measure motor skills and walking ability?

Updated: Nov 13, 2019
  • Author: Norberto Alvarez, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Ambulation measurement includes the following:

  1. Independent ambulation; able to walk steadily; able to start, stop, and change direction without falling; able to walk fast or run; ascends and descends stairs; capable of leaving premises without assistance

  2. Independent ambulation for short distances; walks up and down the stairs 1 step at a time by holding rails; able to leave premises without assistance

  3. Independent but cannot negotiate stairs; unable to leave premises without assistance

  4. Can walk without support but requires supervision; may be unsteady; requires supportive measures at times

  5. Needs assistance (another person to hold, walker) to walk; "cruises" around using structures such as furniture and walls as support; unable to leave premises independently

  6. Needs wheelchair but can move independently

  7. Needs an adapted wheelchair and cannot move independently; needs to be pushed

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