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Great gift ideas for people living with dementia

Written by: Dunham

Great gift ideas for people living with dementia

Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list or for a special occasion is a great feeling, especially when you see someone’s face light up when they open it. It is particularly rewarding when the gift is for a loved one with dementia. There are lots of great gift ideas for people at different stages of the disease – early, middle and late – that are both fun and practical.

Early stage gifts

In the early stage of dementia, most people are still fairly independent and able to do most things with a little help. Common symptoms are memory loss, trouble remembering new information, confusion and difficulty having a conversation. Choose a gift that encourages mental stimulation and maintaining interests, skills and abilities, such as:

Middle stage gifts

In the middle or moderate stage, people may have more severe memory loss, disorientation, spatial problems and require help with activities of daily living, but they may also be somewhat aware of their condition. Gifts that stimulate the senses, promote reminiscing and focus on the familiar are good choices. For instance:

Late stage gifts

During the late stages of dementia, people often develop severe difficulties with reasoning and language, but they still have their senses of taste, touch and smell. Simple gifts that provide sensory stimulation can help bring back pleasant memories. Gifts that enhance physical comfort are also ideal. For instance:

Photographs and music are gifts that can revive memories and feelings of joy for people at all stages of dementia. So can the gift of your time, caring and attention.

If you or your loved one need a helping hand at home, Bayshore can help. Our caregivers are trained and certified to care for individuals with dementia. Learn more about our Dementia Care services.

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