Gift Ideas for Seniors With Alzheimer's

Gift Ideas for Seniors With Alzheimer’s

Holidays in themselves are a stimulating time for anyone. They give you the chance to spend time with your family, to eat good food, and to celebrate. But no one can deny that one of the most exciting parts about the holidays is getting a gift. If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, it can be difficult to come up with good gift ideas, especially considering how late or early they are in the disease. But that doesn’t mean you should give up. Getting gifts is an exciting time for everyone, and you are guaranteed to make your loved one’s day by gifting them with something on the holidays.

Here are some ideas of gift ideas for each stage of Alzheimer’s:

Early Stage Alzheimer’s

Presents for someone with early-stage Alzheimer’s can be both the easiest and the hardest. While you do have more of a range for gift ideas, one of the most important aspects of these gifts is that they are stimulating and/or sentimental to the individual. Good ideas are gifts that will stimulate either their brain or their movement but also ideas that play on their memory. Things that are sentimental to them such as a favorite movie, family pictures, or music from their childhood will be familiar and comforting to them.

Ideas

  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Activity Books – math games, strategy activities, sudoku, puzzles
  • Classic or Sentimental Movies
  • CD’s and Music
  • Memory Photo Album
  • Scrapbook
  • Books or Reading Material (tailored to their interest)

Middle Stage Alzheimer’s

As the disease progresses, it can be tricky to discern what is and is not a good gift for your loved one. Some of the best things that you can get them are gifts that will exercise their mind and items that will limit what they need to remember. Giving them normal household items that are automatic or a whiteboard or corkboard for reminders can help them to feel like they aren’t always struggling to remember things. Other ideas that are more fun would be things to make their life more enjoyable or relaxing, like spa products.

Ideas

  • Senior Activity Books
  • Erasable Whiteboards for Rooms
  • Automatic Night Lights
  • Automatic Medication Dispenser
  • Toiletries
  • Spa Products (lotion, shampoo, body scrubs, etc)

Late Stage Alzheimer’s

When you get to the late stage of Alzheimer’s is becomes more important to appeal more to the senses than the mind. Find things that play on their sense of touch, smell, or even hearing. It can help to fill their mind and make their life more comfortable and stimulating. On top of that, don’t be afraid to be a little sentimental. Think of something from their childhood that might be familiar to them but doesn’t require that they remember something specific like a song or old perfume. It also can’t hurt to be practical. If you or your loved one are concerned about them getting lost of forgetting something important, get them something to limit the risk.

Ideas

  • Fluffy Bathrobe
  • Soft Blanket
  • Stuffed Animal
  • Music/CDs
  • Location Device
  • Scented Lotions

 

Questions?

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