Why People Living with Dementia Want to Wear the Same Clothes Every Day
Dear Carol: My grandma has a sweater that she wants to wear every day. She has dementia so it does no good to explain that the sweater needs to be washed from time to time, yet of course, it does. Mom says to just let Grandma be unhappy for a while. It’s true that she’s fine when she gets it back, but she really gets upset and seems anxious when she’s without it. Is this a common problem or just how Grandma is? Mom reads your column all the time she says thank you! – WY
Dear WY: Tell your mom for me that I understand that she has her hands full. It sounds like she’s doing a great job with your grandma given the difficulties of dementia. Wanting to wear a familiar piece of clothing is common with Alzheimer’s. The reason behind it is that for someone living with dementia, the old quip…
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