Buying a gift for a loved one with dementia can prove difficult at the holidays. That does not have to be the case, however. Here are six holiday gift ideas to consider that are ideal for those suffering from varying degrees of dementia.
- Puzzles: Puzzles are a fantastic way to work on cognitive skills and sharpen memory. Seek out a senior-friendly puzzle that is cut in large pieces that are easy to pick up and hold. Choose from an array of interesting and artistic images that include bright colors or have one custom made with a favorite family photo or other beloved image.
- Adaptive clothing: Dementia can lead to problems getting dressed. Opt for a gift of adaptive clothing that allows a person with diminished motor skills or other difficulties to easily dress due to the struggle free design.
- Tablets: Senior-friendly tablets are an ideal gift to help those with dementia keep active with large screens and easy-to-identify icons, simplifying the process of navigating throughout the pad. GrandPad allows your loved one to access photos and games as well as easily send and receive messages. There is also a calendar and reminders to help the senior keep on top of various tasks and appointments that could be overlooked or forgotten. The pad can be made accessible to caretakers off-site, to allow appointments and other information to be placed on the tablet.
- Photo blanket: Help your loved one stay warm while also offering a reminder of family and friends. Create a customized photo blanket with an array of images from major milestones throughout the senior’s life and photos of people significant to him or her.
- Sensory apron: For those who have fidgeting hands and need an activity to keep them busy, a sensory apron is the perfect gift. It allows for tactile stimulation while also offering varying textures and practice with skills such as buttoning and zipping. Boredom can be reduced while dexterity and hand-eye coordination is improved.
- Personal locator: A Personal Locator can help those at the beginning stages of dementia keep from getting lost by allowing them to retrace steps. Multiple locations can be stored in the small device and can help the user navigate various routes and get back to where he or she began.
Buying a gift for a loved one with dementia can allow you the opportunity to purchase items that will be used and appreciated. Here are more holiday gift ideas for the senior in your life.