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Holiday Gifts for Your Loved Ones with Dementia

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By Brent Bechard

Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Brampton

Holiday gifts for seniorsFinding the perfect gift for family takes time and effort. Gifts should be personal. When you have a loved one living with the effects of dementia, gift buying can be a little more difficult. Take heart. Finding the best present that lights up their eyes and brings a smile on their face is not only possible, but also very rewarding.

Check out these practical and fun gift ideas for your parent no matter the stage of the disease. Bring out the childlike giggle in the middle of the holiday season’s alzheimer's care routines.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Each Stage of Dementia

At Home Instead Senior Care Brampton, we provide senior care that helps our patients remain in their own homes and independent. We also support caregivers in caring for their loved ones. Consider these ideas for gifts you can give your parent or another family member with Dementia based on the stage of progression:

  • The Early Stage

In this phase of Dementia care, Mom is still her independent, feisty self. She does not need a lot of help. However, she may suffer from some memory loss, problems remembering new information, some confusion, and difficulty holding conversations.

The best gifts for this stage include those that encourage mental stimulation. They maintain interest, skills, and abilities.

Examples include:

  • Going to a movie, play, concert, or sporting event
  • Crossword puzzle books or strategy games
  • Calendar or photo album that showcases different family members and memorable events
  • Pocket-sized diary or notebook
  • The Middle Stage

During the middle stage of the disease, you may notice that Dad’s memory loss is more severe. He may seem disorientated, have spatial problems, and need help with daily living activities. Yet, he may still be aware of his condition.

Gift ideas for this stage should stimulate the senses, encourage reminiscing, and feel familiar.

Examples include:

  • Simple craft activities or adult colouring books
  • Simple games or puzzles
  • Photographs or collages with people labelled to aid in identification
  • DVDs or picture books of nature that encourage visual or auditory stimulation
  • The Late Stage

In the late stages of dementia, your loved one may not be able to reason or communicate as well as they used to. They do still have their senses of taste, touch, and smell.

Gifts for this stage of the disease should enhance sensory stimulation to help encourage pleasant memory recollection and improve their physical comfort.

Examples include:

  • Cuddly toys or responsive stuffed animals that speak
  • Soft blanket or afghan
  • “Fidget” lap blanket or quilt that has buttons, zippers, and beads
  • CDs of childhood (or even teen years) music

Giving the perfect gift is possible even when your parent suffers from dementia. Remember to focus on those gifts that stimulate the senses and the brain. Home Instead Senior Care helps families and their senior loved ones with a variety of in-home care options. Our CAREGivers are highly trained and ready to help your family enjoy the festivities.

Call us at (905)463-0860 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care we deliver each day to families in our community across Brampton, Halton Hills, Inglewood, Norval, Cheltenham, Kleinburg, Georgetown, Caledon, Forks of the Credit River, Glen Williams, Limehouse, Peel Village, Valleywood, Woodbridge.


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