Finding the perfect gift for the ones we love can be a challenge, especially when the recipient is living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Gifts that used to be on their wish list may no longer be appropriate, depending on the stage of the disease. Remember that dementia diminishes the senses as well as dexterity, so things that are easy to see and handle are preferable to complex items with smaller pieces and parts. As always, giving the gift of your presence is the best gift of all, but here are some other helpful ideas!
Consider gifts that fulfill these needs:
– Assists daily living: toiletries, towels, bathrobe, blanket, socks, slippers (make sure they have a secure back to reduce tripping) phone with larger keypad, digital clock with large numbers, nightlight, cup with a straw
– Stimulates memories or helps them remember things: framed photos, photo albums, classic films or Tv shows from their era, a digital music player with their favorite songs, record player with old records, memory books, dry erase board with markers, colorful Post-it notes
– Stimulates tactile senses and promotes dexterity: fidget blanket, activity board, gel mats, large piece puzzles, matching games, classic games like cornhole or ring toss, art supplies and a sketch pad
– Books: coffee table books with beautiful photos of something they love, historical books relevant to a specific time in their lives (fashions of the ’60s or military history books with lots of photos), adult coloring books, puzzle books
Here are some of our top picks: