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so PLEASE address any questions or comments to that website, regardless of which website shows these words. ((Digital painting below, “Bird with Bib” copyright 19Feb2022 by Truthful Kindness. Procreate project on iPad using Apple Pencil and alcohol ink brushes by Alaina Jensen, then put it thru iColorama “raise” process to better show the brushstrokes.))
Three years ago (2019) THESE were my strategies before symptoms progressed to current status, … then i will address changes afterward.
Heart symbols on inside top back of most all clothing including underwear (but not socks or turtlenecks) in order to orient where the piece of clothing belongs on my body. Turtlenecks have a piece of yarn or ribbon inside back of neck, so they can be hung on a hook.
Underwear and socks always the same color and brand, minimizing frustration with finding matching socks, and routine is always the same for dressing. Background for writing date on underwear is here >> https://truthfulkindness.com/2017/10/23/dementia-underwear/
Leave wardrobe doors open, reminding me that I have clothes behind the doors. Leave drawers open on graduated basis for the same reason. This helps tremendously when setting out my clothes for the next day.
Clothes set out the night before, (draped over the pink tray on my walker). sometimes need assistance for which turtleneck (and possible overshirt) would be appropriate given schedule and weather forecast.
With few exceptions of travel in warmer locations, I only wear two kinds of tops; winter or summer turtleneck – often purple. sometimes with some kind of button-up vest, overshirt, sweater, or jacket . This keeps me in the routine. Tomorrow participating in recorded video chat for teaching purposes, so wearing purple turtleneck with flannel over-shirt.
For normal schedule, pants are all the same brand & item #; black jeans made by Lee, with elastic waistband. This only varies if i am traveling for family or speaking engagement. Unless special occasion i wear one of two pair of shoes. One pair is Mondays Wednesdays & Fridays … but the other pair is same brand, same model, just black instead of purple elastic ties. Those i wear on alternate days. So look at my cell phone to identify the day of the week and that is solved. By consolidating my clothing choices, i have substantially reduced time and stress for daily dressing.
My clothing variety is anything worn over my turtleneck, and what i wear on my head. Often there is nothing worn over my turtleneck, and only a snood on my head. But i avoid time with a mirror, (looking at myself is uncomfortable because i dont remember getting older) and it doesn’t matter to my husband. i try to use a little more variety on the week-ends, when he spends more time at home.
Currently searching for extended “collar” patterns that are easily changed several times a day, since i seem to have a hole in my lip, LOL. ((i made more than half-dozen bib-collars, and wrote about it at https://truthfulkindness.com/2021/01/03/bib/ )).
Truthfully, words are not going together very well, so this entry may not be very well-connected, LOL.
In Addition to above 2019 strategies, these are RECENT CHANGES 2022:
- Front-Hook bra, but i have returned plenty of bras because sometimes the front hooks are far from easy to hook and unhook. If i still need someone else’s assistance, then what is the use of having front hooks? Easiest-connecting that i have found is more of a lounge bra – not ideal for figure enhancement, but i can usually get it on and off without help. i lay it out on the bed, then back up to it, inserting arms in the arm holes, then pulling the center together in front. (( https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H9MWZKA ))
- Long Panty Liners (but peel-off backing must be off-set from edge of panty liner, because if there is no difference in size my fumble-fingers cannot separate backing from panty liner). Reminder that these require easy-open secure trash container near the toilet.
- Next step will be tube socks, because on bad days i have a hard time matching sock heel to placement over my own heel.
- Until we get some sew-on magnetic snaps or magnetic button alternatives (in order to make my own “Adaptive Clothing”) i need assistance to put on “public” clothes. So unless i am going to be outside or in front of public, during the day i almost always wear a Front-Zip Lounge Gown now. ((https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B08526NHBG/))
“There is always a reason! If only we could remember it!
The reason I was wearing my clothes inside out last week was because I had received a new dress in the post and had decided to try it on.
Taking off the present one had turned it inside out, as well as the cardigan being inside out and I had not realised when I put them on again.
Several years ago my daughter had bought me a dress that can be worn either way as a genuine reversible dress. Perhaps I need to invest in a few more!”
— Jennifer Bute on 12Jan2018
2019 Past Clothing Adaptations (copy/pasted above) at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/2019/01/07/adaptations-dressing/ ;
Bib-Collar as Strategy at https://truthfulkindness.com/2021/01/03/bib/ ;
“Dementia Underwear” at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/2017/10/23/dementia-underwear/ ;
… and you might want to check out the Links gathered for Dementia Symptoms and Strategies (alphabetized) at https://truthfulkindness.com/about/d-info/links-sx-strategies/.
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