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Mom is 93 and has Dementia. She lives with me, step daughter. She has been here with me to a year and a half. During the summer months she used to wear her flip flops, but now she cant seem to keep them on her feet. So she wears her slippers whenever she walks out of her room, the slip in type with the open back. She shuffles along. I'm wondering if maybe a ballerina type slipper would be better? I think something that fits her snug would be nice. I don't know what kind of sole would help though. If it is too anti slip, the shoe might not move when she does since she shuffles along. Don't know. Any ideas or experiences?

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Yes. I have fallen in my "slippers" more often than in a comfortable shoe. Slippers are exactly what they say...slippers!
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sketchers walk n go, gel sole, slip on shoes, comfy too. For someone older, I thing the Acorn Spa Wraps are good.
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Well, everyone's probably going to laugh at me, but mom wears crocs -- the fur-lined ones. Thing is, if her shoes have backs? I have to stoop down to put them on. She can just slip into these. I'm not bashful when it comes to making my life any little bit easier than it is -- which is why I chose those for her. They're warm. They're non-slip and she can just slide into them. They work great. They cost about $40 and will outlast ME.
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If they don't have toe or foot problems, Grasshoppers are reasonably priced, or Naturalizer - some have zippers or elastic gores that make them easy to get on. Propet has shoes with a higher toe box and less expensive than some on Footsmart. Regardless, if you find a shoe that looks like it may work, go on Google and compare prices, or on Thefind. Also you may want to check out Ebay for a particular style, as they often have samples or discontinued styles at much lower prices.
My aunt, who had walking problems, had the shoes with the very low back - slide in type - and the physical therapist said only lace up or secure mary jane straps.
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NO FLIP FLOPS FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE. It's no joke. A friend tripped in hers and had elbow replacement. 2 weeks ago, I found an old pair, I thought I could get one more use out of them. Wrong, they took me down, smacked my leg against the pool edge , followed by my head hitting the side before falling face down i pool. I layed under water until I realized I was loosing breath. Found myself under poolcover, and somehow finally managed to get out. Thigh is still bruised, my ear finally stopped bleeding, and friend came over to keep me awake for a few hours. YIKES.....NO FLIP FLOPS- PLEASE...
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ACORN SPA WRAP is the style. planetshoes has them for $45.00.

Google Acorn slippers, and it is the Acorn Spa Wrap. Wonderful!!!!
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sorry: Acorn Slippers. The ones are Spa style I think. I had to special order for Mom, but well worth it. She has big feet, and so do I :)
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acronslipplers REALLY!!!!!
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ACORN SLIPPERS. They are the best.They have a velcro wrap over the instep, cushy, comfy, and got everyone at my mom's 6 pack who wanted them. Barb started it, and then I got one pair for mom and her roommate.. Theywear them all the time. $60.00 for a pair, or about that. They run a little small, so get a little bit bigger size if you can. Best to try on a pair. Going to get one for my MIL.
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You could also try the DME (Durable Medical Eqipment) stores. We were in one a few days ago and I noticed a shoe fitting station. Call first though, as some of these types of stores don't have the inventory that others do.

Dr. Scholls' shoes can be more comfortable, but sometimes they're not particularly attractive. My father wears a closed type of shoe with a velcro strap - good for stiff older fingers.

You might also ask your mother's podiatrist if she knows of any stores that have special shoes for older feet.

I'd be concerned about the open heel slipper because it doesn't provide much stability, and leaves her feet and unprotected.

There are padded gel insoles which can be added to slippers, as long as they have a back. I use them in my shoes if I plan to do a lot of walking, such as at one of the aging expos. They really do cushion older feet which have lost some of their padding.
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