5 Simple Wardrobe Changes That Make Managing Mild Dementia Easier

By "problem-proofing" your loved one's closet in the earliest stage of dementia, you can make dressing easier, prolong independence, and help avoid later embarrassing goofs.

Five easy ideas:

1. Conform the sock drawer.

Switch to socks that are all identical -- same style and color. No more searching for matches, or not realizing that brown and black aren't the same.

2. Go solid.

Pare down tops and sweaters so they all color-coordinate easily. Better still, eliminate prints so outfits never clash.

3. Adopt a uniform.

Some people with mild dementia choose to adopt a uniform look they're known for -- say, a white t-shirt and black cardigan with slacks, or a turtleneck a la Steve Jobs. A signature look becomes a stylish brain aid.

4. Enlarge the fasteners.

Go on a hunt for wee buttons and tiny zipper pulls. They can befuddle any pair of aging hands, but combined with the physical limitations dementia can bring, they can be utterly impossible. Best to weed them from the closet now.

5. Simplify the shoes.

Fussy buckles and challenging laces will become increasingly frustrating. Slip-on loafers, Velcro-style closures, or very simple styles are better.


almost 4 years ago, said...

Getting rid of small buttons and zip tags. All the same color socks.


about 5 years ago, said...

There are so many changes happening in my life due to this disease, I haven't really been very proactive, often just reactive. Proactive is a much better place to be. Thanks, for this. Gives me something to plan around.


about 5 years ago, said...

I NEVER THOUGHT OF THE SHIRTS CLASHING. HE CHOSE TO WEAR THEM SO I LET HIM. HE IS NOT AS BAD AS HE WILL BECOME SO UNTIL HE CAN NO LONGER CHOOSE HIS OWN, I WILL LET HIM. I KNOW HE WOULD FEEL "LESS THAN" IF I TOOK OVER THE DECISIONS ABOUT HIS CLOTHES. BUT I KNOW I CAN CLEAN HIS SOCK DRAWER AND FIX THAT PART OF HIS DRESSING DECISIONS. HE IS ALREADY WEARING THE VELCRO CLOSING SHOES......HE IS VERY SENSITIVE ABOUT ME MAKING ANY DECISIONS ABOUT ANYTHING, SO I TRY HARD NOT TO MAKE HIM FEEL THAT I AM OVERRULIN HIM ON ANYTHING. THANKS FOR THE ARTICLES.


over 5 years ago, said...

everything,such a great idea.I have seen people that needed help,and they look alot worse than they need to look,because of thier inability to do better..Thank you very much