Getting Dressed

  • Allow plenty of time for dressing. Hurrying can lead to stress and frustration, which can slow you down.
  • Do a few stretching exercises before getting dressed to “warm up” muscles.
  • Sit down when dressing. Choose a chair with firm support and arms.
  • Don’t sit on the edge of the bed to dress—this can lead to loss of balance and falling.
  • Use a footstool to make it easier to put on shoes and socks.
  • Avoid socks with tight elastic bands.
  • Wear non-skid socks should replace bathroom slippers, which can slide off your feet.
  • Wear lightweight, supportive shoes with Velcro closures or elastic shoelaces make it easy to put on and take off shoes.

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Medical content reviewed by: Nina Browner, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in North Carolina and by Fernando Pagan, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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