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Aging – Record of Abilities
A record of abilities is simply a way to document and/or illustrate a person’s functional
and cognitive abilities over time.
A video alongside the NTG-EDSD would
be a good personal record of abilities.
• Use a cell phone or video to make short
recordings of the person.
• Select tasks the person is familiar with and able
• Include some tasks to illustrate: gait/ambulation
(aided or unaided as necessary), an activity of
daily living, a ne motor task, and language/
• Annual updates should be a repeat of the
original tasks recorded.
Sometimes the original record of abilities is referred to as a baseline. With age, we experience changes
that may aect our abilities. A personal record of abilities can help identify changes by comparing the
abilities we had before with those held at a future date. There are dierent ways to document a personal
record of abilities. One way is to use the National Task Group – Early Detection and Screen for Dementia
(NTG-EDSD) and a short video.
• Documents both functional and cognitive
abilities as well as health history.
• No special training required; the manual helps
explain each section.
• The NTG-EDSD and Manual are available in
multiple languages for free. Download from the
NTG website: www.the-ntg.org/ntg-edsd
• Have a look at it and decide if it will suit your
If you decide to use the NTG-EDSD
• Remember it is NOT a diagnostic tool, it simply
documents functional and cognitive abilities
over time to help identify changes.
• If there are concerns about changes that
become apparent in completing the form, make
an appointment to see a healthcare provider to
discuss the changes.
• Highlight the NTG-EDSD section(s) on the form
that are concerning and bring this to the
• If your healthcare provider is not familiar with
the NTG-EDSD, bring a copy of the NTG-EDSD
Manual to the appointment.
Nancy Jokinen, MSW, PhD E: Nancy.Jokinen@unbc.ca
Adjunct Professor, UNBC School of Social Work Board Member, National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG),
Co-lead, NTG Canadian Consortium on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia.
Keep the personal
record of abilities in
a safe place and
update it on an annual
basis unless on a more
often basis is required
to monitor a