Holiday Gift Guide for seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

12/11/2015

It’s that time again and the holiday is fast approaching! Do you care for or have a loved one that suffers from Alzheimer’s or Dementia? Do you have trouble finding them a great gift? If so, I am here to help. Here is a list that I think will be helpful to you during your holiday shopping.

Gifts for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia that are in their early stages, I suggest buying items that help to remember things. Such as:

  • Magnetic reminder pads that can be placed on a fridge
  • Baskets or trays that can be labeled within cabinets or drawers
  • A normal to small pocket-sized diary or notebook Christmas Gift Picture
  • Erasable white boards for key rooms in the house
  • A memorable calendar featuring family photos – Write special family occasions such as Birthdays and Anniversaries

Gift ideas to help with everyday tasks:

  • A memory phone that can store pictures along with contact information for family, friends, doctors, etc.
  • Automatic medication dispenser that can help the person living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia remember to take medicine
  • Nightlights that come on automatically when it gets dark
  • A clock with the date and time that is large enough for them to see with ease

Stimulating the five senses may bring back pleasant memories.

  • Scented lotions
  • A fluffy bathrobe in a favorite color
  • A soft blanket or afghan to keep warm

If your loved one needs clothes, remember to make sure they are comfortable and easy to remove.

  • Sweat suits
  • Knits
  • Large banded socks
  • Shoes with Velcro ties
  • Wrinkle free nightgowns, nightshirts and robes

Research shows that music has a positive impact on individuals with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, bringing them back to good times, increasing stimulation and providing an opportunity to interact with family members. Buy favorite CDs or burn a CD full of musical favorites. Lastly, you can never go wrong with photos. You can also insert the names of family and/or friends into the frame.

I hope this list helps with all your holiday shopping needs!

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