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How should caregivers help people with Parkinson's disease with getting dressed?

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To help a loved one with Parkinson's get dressed:

  • Make sure clothes are easy to put on, such as pants with elastic waistbands, bras that hook in front, and tube socks instead of dress socks. Skip clothes that pull on over the head. If favorite clothes have buttons, replace them with Velcro.
  • Avoid shoes with rubber soles. They can cause tripping.
  • Make dressing simple. Lay out clothes ahead of time, in order. Offer dressing aids like buttonhooks or long-handled shoehorns.
  • Let your loved one do as much as possible. Sitting down while dressing may help.

SOURCES:

Cigna: "Parkinson's Disease: Eating and Drooling Problems."

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise for People with Parkinson's Disease."

European Parkinson's Disease Association: "Living a Full Life With Parkinson's," "Creative Therapies."

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: "Diet and Parkinson's Disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "What are the Special Challenges of Caring for Someone with PD?" "Parkinson's Disease: Caring and Coping," "Learning to Relax and Reduce Stress."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease: What Matters Most?"

Schlesinger, I. , Oct. 30, 2009. Movement Disorders

University of Florida Health: "Fine Motor Coordination Activities for Patients with Parkinson's."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Cigna: "Parkinson's Disease: Eating and Drooling Problems."

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise for People with Parkinson's Disease."

European Parkinson's Disease Association: "Living a Full Life With Parkinson's," "Creative Therapies."

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: "Diet and Parkinson's Disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "What are the Special Challenges of Caring for Someone with PD?" "Parkinson's Disease: Caring and Coping," "Learning to Relax and Reduce Stress."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease: What Matters Most?"

Schlesinger, I. , Oct. 30, 2009. Movement Disorders

University of Florida Health: "Fine Motor Coordination Activities for Patients with Parkinson's."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 06, 2018

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