Instead of trying to document all of the claimant's activities, select at least two
of the activities the individual indicates he/she is currently performing. Choose
activities that involve sufficient complexity so that a full description of the activities
will permit evaluation of the qualities previously described. Complexity can be viewed
in terms of relating to people, places, dates, and things. For example, does the activity
involve interaction with other people? Does the activity take place at home, or must
the individual travel to perform the activity? Does the activity require calculation
or reading and understanding instructions? Does the activity require the use of tools,
devices, or appliances?
Whenever possible, the adjudicator should choose to evaluate activities that are known
to him/her. It is easier to evaluate quality and appropriateness if the adjudicator
knows how the activity is customarily performed. This can also be a useful communications
tool, as the enthusiasm of a shared interest may encourage the claimant to be more
Activities generally fall into categories such as:
Self-care (grooming, cleanliness, dressing).
Home maintenance (cleaning, cooking, shopping).
Social/religious (church attendance, family gathering, organizations, parties, etc.).
Economic (paying bills and taxes, budgeting income and expenses).
Hobbies (woodworking, sewing, photography, playing cards).