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August 10, 2018

What Are Some of the Best Clothing Options for a Senior With Alzheimer’s?

In the latter stages of Alzheimer’s, dressing a parent can be challenging. Over time, the brain deteriorates and buttons, zippers, snaps, and ties seem impossible. Are you experiencing that?

Here are some tips on the best clothing options for a senior with Alzheimer’s.

#1 – Undergarments

For men, underwear is pretty easy. If it pulls up, it’s going to be easy. Avoid anything with a button fly. Women may find it harder. Underwear isn’t an issue, but bras can be impossible to hook. Pull-on sports bras or front-hook bras are good choices. Tank tops with built-in bras are also a good choice.

As Alzheimer’s progressive, it may be easiest to give up bras completely. If your mom balks at that idea, try tank tops and see if she’ll be okay with those. If not, there are bras that close with Velcro that may help.

Going back to bra manufacturers from her early-adult years may also prove useful if she insists on an old-fashioned bra. Playtex Cross Your Heart and Maidenform are two older options that are still available.

#2 – Shirts

Avoid shirts with buttons, snaps, or zippers. Look for looser fitting shirts that pull over the head easily. Shirts that have Velcro belts to close them can also be helpful. T-shirts, pullovers, and jerseys are easiest for seniors to put on.

#3 – Pants

This can be tricky if your parent loves jeans. You may start to hear your dad talk about the seams digging into uncomfortable places. Your mom may suddenly hate having a metal button poking her in the belly button. If possible, look for jeans that pull on and have an elastic waistband.

Sweatpants, loungewear, and yoga pants are other options that work well. They pull on and don’t fit too snug, which can be uncomfortable and lead to complaints.

#4 – Shoes and Socks

Seams seem to bother some seniors with Alzheimer’s. Look for socks that do not have seams at the toe. You may find your parent also becomes picky about the length of the socks. Your mom or dad doesn’t want crew socks or knee length socks. You need to try different styles to find what makes them happy.

Once you have the socks down, look for shoes that slip on. You don’t want shoes that have buckles, laces, or zippers. Loafers and clogs are great choices.

Make sure you have plenty of help caring for your parent. Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are stressful for all involved. Respite care from a senior care specialist can help you avoid burnout. Call our senior care agency to learn more about respite care and other helpful services.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in Elgin IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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