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Dement Neurocogn Disord. 2013 Mar;12(2):47-51. Korean.
Published online Mar 31, 2013.
© 2013 Korean Dementia Association
The Survey for Current State and Dognition of Activities of Daily Living in Dementia Patients- "Il-sang-ye-chan" Campaign
Hojin Choi, M.D.,* Young Soon Yang, M.D., Hee-Jin Kim, M.D.,* Hae Ri Na, M.D., Yong S. Shim, M.D.,§ Kyung Won Park, M.D., Dong Won Yang, M.D.,§ Seung Hyun Kim, M.D.,* Il-Woo Han, M.D., Seol-Heui Han, M.D.,** and Kee Hyung Park, M.D.††
*Department of Neurology, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Neurology, Veterans Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Neurology, Bobath Memorial Hospital, Seongnam, Korea.
§Department of Neurology, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Neurology, Dong-A University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea.
Department of Neurology, Hyoja Geriatric Hospital, Yongin, Korea.
**Department of Neurology, Konkuk University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
††Department of Neurology, Gachon University, Gil Medical Center, Incheon, Korea.

Address for correspondence: Kee Hyung Park, M.D. Department of Neurology, Gachon University, Gil Medical Center, 1198 Guwol-dong, Namdong-gu, Incheon 405-760, Korea. Tel: +82-32-460-8683, Fax: +82-32-460-3344, Email:
Received Apr 26, 2013; Revised Jun 25, 2013; Accepted Jun 25, 2013.

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Disability of Activities of daily living (ADL) is the most important factor for care of dementia patients. So Korean Dementia Association has prepared the survey for current state and cognition of active daily living in Korean dementia patients.


A total of 100 subjects were interviewed. Structured open and closed questions about ADL for dementia were asked. They are main caregivers of dementia patients who working over 5hours per day. Assessments included age, sex, education level, economic status, severity of dementia patients, pattern of the care-giving, current state and cognition of ADL, and needs of the caregivers.


The cognition of ADL was very low (51%) and this is correlated with economic status. Increasing of care-giving time is the most stressful for caregivers, they frequently suffered from disability of outgoing and personal hygiene. Dementia patient's ADL disability causes serious economic losses, need of the caregivers about guide lines or education program was very high.


Considering these results, we should design more detailed study about dementia patient's ADL disability and prepare guide line or program for it.

Keywords: Activities of daily living; Dementia; Caregiver


Fig. 1
Prevalence of patterns of caregiver burden.
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Fig. 2
Prevalence of ADL disability in dementia patients. (A) Prevalence of symptoms that caregiver experienced. (B) Prevalence of symptoms that seriously bothered caregiver.
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Fig. 3
The economic burden of caregivers for dementia patients. The average of shortening the working hours: 14.55 hours/week.
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Fig. 4
Needs of the caregivers for dementia patients.
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Table 1
The characteristics of respondents and patients
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Table 2
The influence of familial economic status on the caregiving patterns
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