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The term activities of daily living (ADLs), which was created by Sidney Katz in 1950, refers to the fundamental life skills that someone must be able to perform in order to independently care for themselves. Being able to perform ADLs is an indicator of functional status. Someone who struggles with ADLs is likely to experience a poorer quality of life, depend more on other people and mobility devices, and live with a risk of harm if not properly cared for.
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