Mend Clothing


In the past, people generally had fewer articles of clothing and wore them much longer than we do today.  Therefore, many older adults are used to mending torn or worn out clothes.  For example, my grandmother used to rip out the collars of my grandfather’s shirts and re-sew attach them inside out so they wouldn’t show wear.  Her son, my father, recently admitted that he just bought his first new pair of underwear in THIRTY YEARS because he has been mending the them as they rip.  This is a true story. 

So, if your relatives are like my relatives, they probably know how to sew, and, as a skilled learned in the past, it is probably fairly well-preserved into the moderate stages of the disease.  Therefore, mending clothes, whether their own or someone elses is not only a great way to get some extra wear out of clothes in a tough economy, it’s also a great way to help the person with memory loss feel needed and useful.  Who doesn’t want that?  If they’re not great sewers, no problem, just get a few pieces that you were planning to donate to charity and let them practice on them.  If they are skilled, why not ask for a lesson and learn a new skill yourself?

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