Dementia and Sweaters
How to Help Someone With Dementia Put on a Sweater or Coat
Ever consider how many different muscles and motions are involved in putting on a sweater or coat? It's a complicated maneuver! If you've noticed your loved one showing more uncertainty about getting dressed, there's a good chance it's because it's getting harder for him or her to remember how to coordinate complex movements.
Five tips that help:
Hold out one arm at a time, rather than standing behind the person and holding the sweater over the shoulders. Gently guide the person's arm into each sleeve separately.
Buy clothes a size larger than usual to make putting them on simple.
Look for raglan-style sleeves, which are wider and looser at the top.
Present new, simpler clothing items as a gift if you have a fussy dresser. Don't mention the easier off-and-on styling.
Weed out any older, tighter styles in the person's wardrobe, making sure you're not observed as you do this.