Glossary

Adult Protective Services (APS)

Government organization at the county level designed to investigate and report claims of adult/elder abuse including neglect, abandonment, financial, sexual and physical violence. Organization also responsible for investigating and report claims of abuse against adults with disabilities.

ADLs

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are key life tasks that people need to manage, in order to live at home and be fully independent. These tasks include walking, feeding, dressing, bathing and transferring.

ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease

ALS is a disease affecting the motor neurons of the spinal cord, weakening the muscles and impacting physical function.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.

Anoxia

Anoxia is when your body or brain loses its oxygen supply. A lack of oxygen can cause severe damage or death, and it only take 4 minutes with no oxygen for permanent damage.