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Getting Dressed

Parkinson’s disease (PD) can make daily tasks more difficult to perform. Getting dressed may become a slower process, so changes to clothing and the dressing routine can reduce frustration. Give yourself time getting dressed and discover new clothing options to simplify your routine.

  • Allow plenty of time for dressing. Hurrying can lead to stress, which can make Parkinson’s symptoms worse.
  • Consider waiting for a time to dress when your medications are working well and you have the best mobility possible.
  • Do a few stretching exercises before getting dressed to warm up muscles.
  • If one arm or leg has more stiffness, put this limb into the sleeve or pant leg first.
  • Sit down when dressing. Choose a chair with firm support and arms. Sitting on the edge of the bed to dress can lead to loss of balance and falling.
  • Use a footstool and consider assistive devices like long handled shoe horns to make it easier to put on shoes and socks.

What to Wear?

Choose clothing styles and fabrics that make dressing easier.

  • Avoid velour and similar fabrics, which can create more friction with other surfaces and make it hard to dress or move during the day.
  • Wear non-skid socks instead of bathroom slippers, which can slide off your feet.
  • Avoid socks with tight elastic bands.
  • Wear lightweight, supportive shoes with Velcro closures or elastic shoelaces, which make it easier to put on and take off shoes.
  • Velcro can be sewn into existing clothes (replace buttons with Velcro closures). You can instead buy clothing designed for easier dressing from adaptive clothing catalogs.
  • Elastic shoelaces and “lace locks” allow for tightening shoes without tying.

There are many companies that sell adaptive clothing that make it easier for you to get dressed. Below are some options:

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