Gift ideas for people with dementia
| Holiday-support | Gift ideas for people with dementia | Safety tips for the holidays | Visiting someone with dementia in long-term care | Making a gathering special for someone with dementia | Self-care tips for caregivers |
Who doesn’t love receiving a gift? Tearing into a parcel in anticipation of its content is a source of fun. But it is also a ritual dating back to childhood and for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, it can be therapeutic by bringing attention to whatever special occasion is being marked. A gift can remind her who, where and with whom she is. So don’t let them be left out on the fun!
Here are some ideas to help you choose the right one. Keep in mind that some of these options, like a CD, can be given to somebody in any stage of the disease. Also, as a general rule, don’t give more than two or three presents. Too much stimulation can be bad a thing.
A printer-friendly version of this tipsheet has been made available for download.
In this stage of the disease, it is important to keep her active. Gifts that encourage her certain skills will help her maintain these abilities and slow the progression of the disease. Also, those that promote mental stimulation, remembrance and socializing and aides for independent living can also be helpful. Here are a few ideas:
Middle to late stages
Remember that as the disease progresses, it will be more and more difficult for him to perform simple tasks and activities he once enjoyed. Simple gifts that provide sensory stimulation are often the best and can help bring back pleasant memories, such as: