Choosing Holiday Gifts for People Who Have Alzheimer’s and Dementia
If a loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia, choosing holiday gifts specific to his or her needs can make the day extra special. A gift that helps improve quality of life can mean so much. We’ve compiled a list of ideas to help focus your efforts.
People who have cognitive disorders can benefit from gifts that engage their memory and stimulate their brains. However, it is important to choose a gift that won’t be too difficult and cause the person to become frustrated while using it. Take their current abilities into consideration. For example, if he or she always enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, seek and finds, or crosswords, choose versions with an appropriate level of difficulty. These gifts provide a bit of therapy combined with fun.
There are simpler forms of stimulation to consider, as well. Scented lotions or soaps activate the senses and are good options for people in later stages of dementia. Soft blankets and fuzzy robes are also excellent choices that provide comfort while creating sensory interest.
Another option is to find something that helps your loved one maintain independence. Shoes with Velcro ties are practical and make life easier. Phone that allow a person to dial by picture rather than number are wonderful aids for people with memory impairment. Nightlights that come on automatically in the dark are helpful. Clocks with large numbers make great gifts, and some even read the time and date aloud.
Gifts that can promote joy might be the best option of all. Music can tap into memories and has been proven to stimulate all areas within the brain. Try burning a CD of favorite music. Music therapy sessions at Parc Provence are also available as gifts and are always appreciated. Collect favorite photos of family and friends and put them in a photo album. Art supplies or art therapy sessions are another way to show your love while giving a meaningful gift. Never forget the gift of quality time – an outing to a movie or restaurant can mean the world to your loved one and provide an opportunity to make memories you both will cherish.
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