Why Would Someone with Dementia Resist Changing Clothes?
Dear Carol: My 83-year-old mother was once obsessive about her hygiene and stylish wardrobe, but now she resists changing clothes. She has early dementia and lives independently. When I visit, she’s often wearing the same clothes as the last couple of days, but she insists her outfit is clean. Getting her to change is a battle. This seems to be about more than memory loss. Any ideas? – FW
Dear FW: While wearing a “pretty clean” shirt or pants a second day is not unusual, beyond that stretches reality. I agree that this seems to be about more than memory loss. Let’s look at some possible contributing factors that may apply:
· Memory issues can make days blend together, but so can depression. I saw this with a family member after leaving her…
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