Holiday gifts for a senior with dementia can include music to help stimulate the mind may include music albums that they enjoyed throughout their life.

Top Holiday Gifts for a Senior with Dementia

Bethesda Health | December 10, 2019

Finding the right holiday gift for someone can be a challenge. Finding the right holiday gifts for a senior with dementia provides an added challenge. Activities and hobbies that interested them a few months or even weeks ago may no longer have any appeal. So what do you do?

Matching the Gift with the Loved One

In the early stage of dementia, it is best to focus on gifts that stimulate the mind, the use of their hands, and their senses. Therefore, you must recognize that the gifts you give Mom or Dad may be different from the kind they have always enjoyed.

Even so, finding the right gift can be quite challenging. The gift should not be so below the senior’s cognitive ability that it could be perceived as boring, or even insulting. As the dementia progresses, the gifts should be less complicated but still stimulating for the person with dementia.

We’ve outlined our favorite gifts for seniors with dementia, broken out by the stage of dementia below. Take a look:

Early-Stage Gifts

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Gifts for the Middle Stage of Dementia

As dementia progresses, the emphasis is still on stimulating the mind and body and providing comfort. Gifts can include the items above in a somewhat less complex form. Also, consider the following:

Late-Stage Dementia Gift Ideas

As your loved one’s dementia continues to progress, consider the following gift ideas:

The Best Gifts for a Senior with Dementia?

These items are just suggestions. You will need to observe your loved one closely because dementia progresses differently in each person. What kind of stimulation do you believe Mom or Dad needs? What interests did they have in the past that perhaps can be re-kindled with the “right” gift? Maybe they used to read but no longer do. Bring a book, read it to them, and leave it with them. Talk to them about photos in their new photo album. Encourage them to reminisce. Bring something as simple as baked cookies to stimulate their senses and connect them to memories.

The gift you hand to a loved one with dementia may not be what you are used to giving or what they are used to receiving – and that’s fine. Just remember that to them, the most important gift you bring will be the gift of yourself—your physical presence, the sound of your voice, and your expression of devotion, concern, and love.

Find more tips to keep this holiday season happy for you and your senior loved ones on our blog!

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