The Instrumental Activity of Daily Living (IADL) study is a 3-year observational study that is being carried out to determine whether newly developed automated telephone, smartphone, and computer-based tests of daily functioning that are completed in our office or remotely at home, can help doctors make an early diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease and track early changes in daily functioning. These tests will also be compared to standard paper and pencil tests of memory and thinking and MRI and PET scans of the brain. We hope to determine whether these new automated tests of daily functioning, which will be easy and inexpensive, could help primary care physicians track early functional changes that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
This study is also interested in learning more about mood and behavior, especially apathy or lack of motivation and interest. These assessments of mood and behavior are important to study in order to improve early detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.