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Cognitive impairment can profoundly affect the skills required for activities of daily living (ADL). Most cognitive screening measures assess cognitive status rather than the cognitive functions that underlie ADL tasks. The dressing assessment guide (DAG) assesses the cognitive and functional abilities in dressing of patients with dementia. The DAG evaluates everyday and overlearned tasks and uses cues to provide a context for action. Nurses can easily administer the guide, and the resulting data provide the basis for nursing interventions.