Eskaton examines Activities of Daily Living and the needs of seniors

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February 23, 2018

Eskaton explores the six most common Activities of Daily Living and offers education to adult children on recognizing signs of when an aging parent needs assistance.

Eskaton, a nonprofit community-based organization serving seniors in the region for 50 years, is reaching out to family caregivers and children of older adults to offer education and support. Classes and support groups include a four-part series “Caring for Senior Loved Ones” geared toward children of older adults who are caring for a parent and people caring for a spouse or loved one.

“One area that needs education is around Activities of Daily Living, also known as ADLs,” said Dr. Teri Tift, executive director of quality and compliance for Eskaton. “ADLs are routine tasks people do on a daily basis. For many people, ADLs become more difficult with age but it does not mean that everyone will require assistance as they grow older.”

The six most common ADLs are bathing, toileting, dressing, eating, personal hygiene and mobility.

“As an adult child, it may be difficult to imagine helping a parent on and off the toilet,” explained Tift. “The good news is there are so many resources available to help families in these types of situations.”

If you are worried about an aging parent, watch a short video at so that you can determine if it’s time to offer help.

For more information about upcoming Eskaton classes and support groups visit

The Sacramento region is home to Eskaton, a nonprofit senior care provider offering innovative housing, healthcare and social services. Every day thousands of older adults enjoy retirement at its independent senior living communities and receive the care they need through assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, rehabilitation and in-home care programs. With five decades of experience and a national reputation for innovation, Eskaton is transforming the aging experience.

For more information call 1-866-ESKATON or visit

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