5 Fastener-Friendly Clothes for People With Moderate Dementia

In moderate dementia, it can be challenging for the person to remember how to work hooks and zippers, or to physically manipulate the small fasteners. So getting dressed will go more quickly and be less frustrating if you can simplify the number of fasteners to contend with.

Try these five easy wardrobe changes:

1. Gradually swap the usual trousers for sweatpants or pants with elastic waistbands.

2. Look for zip-front or no-close sweaters as a stylish alternative to those with buttons.

3. Try shoes with Velcro straps -- easy-on, easy-off, which also stay on the feet more securely than slip-ons.

4. Older women may appreciate a front-closure bra, which can be fastened independently, or they may be willing to try a switch to undershirts.

5. Use tube socks instead of regular socks, since there's no heel to aim for.


Paula Spencer Scott

Paula Spencer Scott is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers and much of the Alzheimer's and caregiving content on Caring. See full bio