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

almost 2 years, said...

We found a wonderful pair of velcro sandles at Playmakers with a plastic snap over the side that eases the messing with velcro, which is around the top and back. Since his dementia is moderate to severe, he still needs help sometimes with the snap, but it's easier for me if I need to help him, and sometimes he just likes to mess with the velcro.

almost 4 years, said...

Just another tip- Walmart's Assurance brand Briefs are 10 times better than Depends. The closures are better and hold better. no leaks!

over 4 years, said...

Never thought about some of those things. Thanks!

almost 6 years, said...

My mom has switched to a sports bra that she can pull over her head. She also wears sandals and socks all year round, not styleish but it works!

over 6 years, said...

the velcro straps on his shoes was the easiest adjustment to make and now that our granddaughter loves to open and close them, the two of them make a game out of pulling the velcro. This activitiy makes them both happy.