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Adaptive Clothing Takes Stress 
Out of Dressing
New garments and accessories help caregivers assist those who are older or mobility challenged

While no two caretakers face the same day-to-day issues, one universal strain remains: the inherent challenge of dressing loved ones who can't dress themselves. 

"Not feeling comfortable or confident helping a loved one with their care needs ... can sometimes be the breaking point for families, in terms of feeling unable to  care for them at home anymore," explains Alison Lynn, the assistant director for care programs at the Penn Memory Center, a National Institute on Aging-designated Alzheimer's Disease Center.

Now more than ever, however, an increasing number of designers and retailers are solving this caregiving dilemma by offering a range of clothing options - commonly referred to as "adaptive wear" - that run the gamut from easy-on shoes and belts to dashing pajamas. "[In the past], adaptive wear was one of two things - either institutional, or completely custom and very expensive. Now, we're moving past that ... with options that people would be excited about wearing," says Allison M. Kabel, an associate professor of health sciences at Towson University, whose research looks at the factors that shape one's sense of dignity.

It's a smart business move, according to the latest data from the National Health Interview Survey, given that more than 3 million people 50 and older require some form of help when dressing, explains Carrie Henning-Smith, an assistant professor of health policy and management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

So whether it's shopping for a button-free shirt so that a spouse with Parkinson's disease can get dressed independently or finding pants with flattened seams for a wheelchair-using parent, there are now a variety of attractive choices. Here's a guide to some of the most useful, affordable and inventive adaptive-wear resources available.

Holidays are a Good Time to Look for Changes in Your Parents

Are you visiting you parents for Thanksgiving? Or maybe you are planning a visit for Christmas or Hanukkah. 

Adult children of parents who are aging may not always look for changes that are happening to their parents, and often overlook them as they're painful to see.  In these instances, spouses may be the ones to prompt this conversation and point out something out of the ordinary that may be worrisome. 

It's typical of siblings who live closest to parents or those who visit most frequently to disregard warning signs (majority are gradual and easily unnoticed).  When other adult children or siblings visit during the holiday months, they're the individuals who are alarmed by their parent's condition.

Senior care is one option for aging parents and loved ones as it allows them to remain safely in their homes as long as possible-caregivers visit as needed and take care of everyday tasks and services, including cleaning, running regular errands (cleaning and stocking the refrigerator), managing doctor's appointments, and accident proofing your loved one's home-this includes checking rugs to prevent slips, adding safety bars to the shower, and anything else to prevent falls and ensure a safe living environment.  These small steps of senior care can really ease the burden on your loved one and make a big difference in their quality of life. 

Most individuals aren't sure if they need help or don't know the next steps to finding senior care. Proper planning is one way to alleviate future stress-contact a compassionate senior care provider and learn more about services and options.  

We're busy volunteering in our community!

Congratulations to Visiting Angels of Pikesville's Executive Director, Dave Pyser, on his installation as Chairman of the Pikesville Owings Mills Regional Chamber. Dave was installed at the Chamber's Annual Membership Meeting on October 10, 2018 at Grey Rock mansion. 

"Being active in the local business community is one way I can show my appreciation for the support my company has received since 2005," said Dave. "By serving the Chamber in a leadership capacity, I can contribute to the overall success of the greater business community. Decisions I participate in with local government officials also impacts the residents of northwest Baltimore County. The Pikesville Owings Mills Regional Chamber accomplishes many functions that affect us all."

Staff from Visiting Angels of Pikesville, along with their families and friends, will be participating  in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® to honor all of our clients who suffer from Alzheimer's disease and those caring for them. Originally scheduled for October 27, the Walk was postponed due to the forecast of severe weather, including heavy rains and strong winds.The Walk will be this Saturday (November 10) and there's still time to make a donation, or decide to walk with us. Here's our link:

Justice O'Connor announces she has been diagnosed with dementia, 'probably Alzheimer's'
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has revealed she has been diagnosed as being in the "beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer's." Our hearts go out to Justice O'Connor and her family as she faces this disease. O'Connor, 88, was nominated to the bench by President Ronald Reagan as the first female Supreme Court justice of the United States in 1981. She retired from the bench in 2006, in part to care for her husband, who was ailing from Alzheimer's. Justice O'Connor played an important role in making Alzheimer's the national priority it is today.