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Physical appearance is important to everyone's sense of self-esteem. However, for the person with dementia the simple act of putting on clothing can be frustrating. For this reason dressing difficulties need to be managed one-by-one. There are many reasons why the person with dementia might have problems dressing, including physical problems (balance or motor skills); intellectual problems (does the person remember how to dress, recognize his/her clothes or the seasons of the year?); environment (lack of privacy, cold room,lighting, loud noises) or other concerns (pressure to dress quickly, embarrassment).

Following are strategies for coping with dressing problems:

Medical/Physical strategies:

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