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Best Holiday Gifts for People with Dementia

For most families, the holiday season is a time for gathering, sharing, laughter and memories. But, for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related Dementia, the season can be very stressful for them and their caregivers. Planning ahead makes holiday celebrations more relaxing for families with Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer's Store has selected wonderful gifts for a person in your life with Alzheimer's or Dementia...

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memory-picture-phone-large-photo-buttons Photo Phone w/ Hands-Free Dialing

Photos + Large Key Pad = Great for Seniors!

Price: $59.99

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tv-remote-control-for-seniors-simple-SMPL-weemote Simple TV Remote for Seniors | SMPL

Great device for all those senior TV buffs!

Price: $39.99

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easy- simple-music-player-dementia-Alzheimers-seniors-SMPL Simple Music Player

Pre-loaded MP3 music player for the elderly!

Price: $149.99

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music therapy doll MP3 Player for Alzheimer's Dementia Memory Loss gifts for dementia patients Arthur - Music Therapy Teddy Bear

Just squeeze his paw and he'll play your favorite tunes!

Price: $69.99

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Playable Art Ball Fidget Toy for alzheimers and dementia Beyond 123 Playable ART Ball - Fidget Toy

How many designs can you create?

Price: $22.95

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Busy Board for Alzheimer's Patients Busy Board for Alzheimer's | Activity Board

Have fun with laces, switches, clasps, zippers and locks!!

Price: $95.95

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Alzheimer's Pet Therapy Robotic Dog or Cat joy for all ageless innovations dementia Playmate Pets | Animated Robotic Therapy Dogs & Cats

Choose a favorite dog or cat!

Price: $124.99

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Easy to use picture dial cell phone for elderly, seniors and those with Alzheimer's plus GPS Tracking and speakerphone Senior Cell Phone w/ Picture Dialing + GPS

Limit incoming and outgoing calls w/ ease!

Price: $339.00

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reminder day clock with alarm reminders for Alzheimer's and dementia Day Clock with Reminder Assistance

Day clocks provide reassurance & independence for those with dementia!

Price: $79.95

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easy-large button-simple-MP3-music-player-and-radio-dementia-Alzheimer's-seniors-SMPL Simple Music Player w/ One Button Radio

Radio + Loaded w/ Songs or Add Your Own!

Price: $149.99

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robin reminder day clock with alarm reminders for Alzheimer's and dementia Premium Day Clock with Reminders | 8"

Provide reassurance & independence for those with dementia!

Price: $99.95

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furry fiddle twiddle hand muffs for alzheimers and dementia pet therapy Fur Fiddle Activity Hand Muff

Soft, Furry and Fun - Keeps hands busy!

Price: $49.95

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easy large button simple MP3 music player for dementia Alzheimer's seniors arthritis stroke iGuerburn Simple Music Player | MP3 Music Box

Add your favorite MP3 Music or Audio Files!

Price: $119.99

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Easy to use picture dial Verizon and AT&T compatible cell phone for elderly, seniors and those with Alzheimer's plus GPS Tracking and speakerphone Senior Cell Phone w/ Picture Dialing + GPS | Verizon + AT&T

(Verizon + AT&T Option) Limit incoming and outgoing calls w/ ease!

Price: $369.00

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call to mind conversation game for dementia and Alzheimer's activity activities for memory loss gift Call to Mind Conversation Game for Dementia

Much more than just a game!

Price: $99.00

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twiddles-activity-muffs Twiddle Activity Muff

One of our most soothing activities for those w/ dementia!

Price: $49.95

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memory-picture-phone-seniors-large-buttons Memory Picture Phone - Amplified

Large picture dial pad - Ideal for seniors w/ dementia!

Price: $49.95

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reminder-rosie-medication-alarm-clock ROSIE 2.0 Reminder Assistant | Voice Activated Clock

Never forget tasks again with cutting edge voice technology!

Price: $199.99

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one-button-dementia-radio One Button Radio

A new innovation designed to offer an easy way to listen to your favorite radio station!

Price: $134.99

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fiddle-twiddle-hand-muffs Fiddle Activity Hand Muffs

Give your Fiddle Muff its own unique name for a more personalized touch!

Price: $49.95
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Savings: $4.00

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automatic-pill-medication-dispenser Pill Box Dispenser - Med-e-lert

A safe way of dispensing daily medications!

Price: $99.95

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Perfect Petzzz therapy pets golden chocolate black retriever Perfect Petzzz Lab Retrievers

Lifelike pets that actually breathe - Choose Golden, Black or Chocolate!

Price: $39.99

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Perfect Petzzz therapy pets cavalier king charles Perfect Petzzz Cavalier King Charles

Lifelike pets that actually breathe!

Price: $39.99

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Perfect Petzzz therapy pets yorkie Perfect Petzzz Yorkie

Lifelike pets that actually breathe!

Price: $39.99

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Perfect Petzzz therapy pets orange tabby Perfect Petzzz Orange Tabby

Lifelike pets that actually breathe!

Price: $39.99

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Cotton Weighted Sensory Blanket for Dementia Gravity Alzheimers stress sleep glass beads Sensory Weighted Blanket for Anxiety - Dementia

Pajama-Soft - Use gravity to help calm!

Price: $149.95

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comfort cotton weighted gravity wrap for Anxiety, Alzheimer's, Menopause, Restless Leg Syndrome and more Weighted Wrap | Calming Sensory Therapy

Pajama-Soft - Use gravity to help calm!

Price: $88.95

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simple-two-button-dementia-music-player-christian-hymns-tim-harper-easy-music-for-Alzheimers Little Church Simple Music Box Player | Christian Hymns

Includes over 1 hr of Hymns by Tim Harper!

Price: $89.99

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simple-two-button-dementia-music-player-Christmas-holiday music-Tim-Harper-easy-music-for-Alzheimer's Simple Music Box Player | Christmas Cottage

Includes Sing-A-Long favorites by Tim Harper!

Price: $79.99

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twiddles-activity-muffs-for-alzheimers-dementia-fiddle-gadets Twiddle Activity Muff Classic

One of our most soothing activities for those w/ dementia!

Price: $49.95

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Tips and Gift Ideas to Brighten your Holiday Gift Giving...

  • Keep your loved one safe and happy, and try to minimize outbursts that can add to an already stressful time of year.
  • Make name tags for everyone to easily recognize family members. It can be a fun project for the kids; make big letters and even decorate them.
  • Stick to a set schedule, (i.e., when they get up, mealtimes, taking a nap, etc.). Change to routine can very difficult for people with Alzheimer's and dementia. Allow for “down time”, and be cognizant of “sun-downing” which can happen late in the afternoon when there is an increased likelihood of agitation. Find a quiet place for your loved one to rest, perhaps a nearby room, where family members can come one or two at a time to visit with them. Celebrate earlier in the day to reduce the risk of confusion. Consider throwing a holiday lunch instead of a dinner party.
  • Let them take part in a few of their favorite traditions. Due to attention span and cognitive issues, people suffering from later stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia might be happier taking part with the holiday activities of the younger kids. Watching movies, baking cookies, coloring and children’s crafts give them an opportunity to share in holiday activities without feeling overwhelmed.
  • Limit the number of presents, and think “simple”. - Your loved one is not going to be impressed by how much you spend or how many presents you give them. Consider the “age” they are at – not biological, but cognitive – and select gifts accordingly.
  • The special treats are especially tempting to Alzheimer’s & dementia sufferers. Watch where you put the sweets and treats! Also, be sure they stay hydrated during this time. It’s important to keep them feeling healthy, and for any/all medications to work properly.
  • Surround your loved one with music. Music is a part of the holiday tradition that can elevate their mood. If your family has a tradition of caroling, include them in it. Even many suffering from Alzheimer’s can easily recall songs they have known for years!
  • Take pictures and videos. Years from now, you and your family will look back upon this holiday season with warm thoughts about your loved one, and happy times you shared together. It is much easier for people with Alzheimer’s disease to remember things that happened long ago rather than things that happened yesterday, so reminisce with them!

Holiday time with those living with Alzheimer’s/Dementia does not need to be stressful. In fact, some of the moments can be very special as people take time to listen and pay special attention to your loved one. Savor those moments, and know that as long as you show patience and love, you and your loved one will enjoy this holiday as much as ever!

If the person is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, relatives and friends might not notice any changes. But the person with dementia may have trouble following conversation or tend to repeat him or herself. Family can help with communication by being patient, not interrupting or correcting, and giving the person time to finish his or her thoughts.

If the person is in the middle or late stages of Alzheimer’s, there may be significant changes in cognitive abilities since the last time an out-of-town friend or relative has visited. These changes can be hard to accept. Make sure visitors understand that changes in behavior and memory are caused by the disease and not the person.