Apple Watch strap for someone with parkinson's disease

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    Apple Watch strap for someone with parkinson's disease

    Good morning Apple Watch users, I have a question about straps for you.

    My father wears an Apple Watch; It is easy to read for him, it monitors his heart rate and he has timers on it that make him not forget to take his meds.

    He has parkinson's disease which for him gives hime problem with his fine motor skills/small precise movements. Sometimes it is for instance difficult for him to get his watch strapped/adjusted properly, so I am looking for a strap that is easy for someone who doesn't have fine motor skills.
    I myself don't wear an Apple Watch and have no idea what is available as far as straps. I've googled around a little bit and saw these: https://www.speidel.com/index.php/wa...?band_size=249 and think they could work. Does anyone have any experience with those?
    Does anyone have any other suggestions as to strap options for him?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Apple Watch strap for someone with parkinson's disease

    Though I have no direct experience with this, I did play with the
    Twist-O-Flex sometimes as a kid. It was smooth on the inside
    and flexible and seemed robust. You would not want it on a heavy
    watch, but the Apple watch is pretty light. Since the Twist-O-Flex
    appears to come in a matching width I think it would be a good
    match. You don't want the band to be too loose or too tight.
    It would take some fine motor skills to remove the extra links for
    adjusting the length. You might look for a jewelry store that
    sells the Twist-O-Flex. At the price the watchmaker could adjust
    the length for your father at the time of purchase.


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    Re: Apple Watch strap for someone with parkinson's disease

    Quote Originally Posted by Evar View Post
    I've googled around a little bit and saw these: https://www.speidel.com/index.php/wa...?band_size=249 and think they could work. Does anyone have any experience with those?
    I think a Twist-O-Flex would be fantastic. My dad has worn expansion bracelets for decades, first another Twist-O-Flex since at least before I was born, and a different one (not sure of the brand) for a newer watch.

    I think I've seen one other person on a different forum talk about the Twist-O-Flex he got for his AW. He ordered it to size from Speidel and he says it fits just fine.

    My first thought was to not bother with the rubber Sport band because, although it's simple to put on, it's only simple if you've got normal motor skills. The next choice would've been the steel mesh loop since it can't come undone, but the magnetic tip is a little fiddly.

    What strap does he have now? If he hasn't tried one already, I'd also suggest the newer Sport Loop with the Velcro closure.

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    Re: Apple Watch strap for someone with parkinson's disease

    Thank you, both! I think I will give it a try; I think the Speidel are to be ordered in the correct size, but if any adjustments are to be made I can do that. I don’t remember ever seeing them around here so I’ll probably order one online.

    He is using a third party metal bracelet current, with a folding clasp. It works reasonably well, but the clasp mechanism is a bit of a pain sometimes to open.

    I had a look at the sports loop with the velcro closure as well. It looks it could also do the trick but I’m afraid that at some point the strap will accidentally slip out of the metal loop since there doesn’t seem to be a ‘stop’ of some sort.

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    Re: Apple Watch strap for someone with parkinson's disease

    Quote Originally Posted by Evar View Post
    Thank you, both! I think I will give it a try; I think the Speidel are to be ordered in the correct size, but if any adjustments are to be made I can do that. I don’t remember ever seeing them around here so I’ll probably order one online.

    He is using a third party metal bracelet current, with a folding clasp. It works reasonably well, but the clasp mechanism is a bit of a pain sometimes to open.

    I had a look at the sports loop with the velcro closure as well. It looks it could also do the trick but I’m afraid that at some point the strap will accidentally slip out of the metal loop since there doesn’t seem to be a ‘stop’ of some sort.
    Apple's Leather Loop disconnects (and I dislike it for that reason alone), but the Sport Loop and Milanese Mesh both stay put -- their free ends have tips that won't slide through the lug loop. The only drawback would be if the wearer's hand is too big to slip through the open loop, but that's where the XL-size Sport Band comes in (or the Link Bracelet plus the extra link kit). I'm a little over 6' and wear gloves usually in XL size, and the Sport Loop works fine for me:

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    Re: Apple Watch strap for someone with parkinson's disease

    I actually prefer the OEM strap

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    Re: Apple Watch strap for someone with parkinson's disease

    my wife thinks the apple straps are too sticky

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    Re: Apple Watch strap for someone with parkinson's disease

    I like the original straps

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