Most Popular Alzheimer's Gifts
If you're unsure what to give this holiday, we have put together a list to help you choose the perfect present. First is our most popular gifts from last year. Then take a look at some of our new best selling items from this year. If you still need help, please feel free to call John or Holly at 847.223.2031. We would be happy to help you choose a gift for your loved one.
Top 10 Gifts for Alzheimer's
#1 Twiddle Muffs
The Twiddle Muffs have been a top selling item for years and makes the perfect gift. They come in 5 different styles and contain a soft, squeezable ball tethered in the center of the muff. The creator originally made a muff for her grandmother, "Twiddle™Muff was created to give her inquisitive hands something to keep them moving, active and warm and remind her how much she is loved........even when I couldn't be with her." -Margaret + See all 5 Twiddle Muffs +
#2 Busy Bee Lap Pad
Offered exclusively at Best Alzheimer's Products, the Busy Bee Lap Pad is made of a soft fleece and is weighted with the 10" x 18" five pound gel pad inside. It has 5 manipulative and stimulus providing attachments including real lamb's wool, a liquid motion, a bean bag, a Tangle, and moveable wood beads.
David bought a Busy Bee for his mother, "She wants it on her lap at all times. The things to fiddle with keeps her occupied and the weight on her lap really seems to keep her centered and relaxed. My only problem is prying it away from her at mealtime and bedtime." + Busy Bee Lap Pad +
#3 Aqua Paints
Aquapaint uses a specially designed white mat that allows the user to create colorful images using only water and a brush. As soon as water is applied, the white surface reveals the picture. When the painting is done, the image will fade as the mat dries, enabling it to be used again and again.
"I am the caregiver for my 89-year-old grandmother, Alice, who has vascular dementia. I've been trying to find activities she would enjoy and came across the best-alzheimers-products website. I was really excited to see the Aqua Paints and decided to give them a try. My grandma LOVED them! Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful product!" - Marsha + See all 4 Aqua Paint Kits+
#4 Tangle Therapy
"I loved the Tangle, and bought it as soon as I read the ad copy. When I gave it to my mom, she was a bit disdainful--she got a master's degree in Chemistry in 1948, so she's one smart cookie, and also very very sensitive to patronizing treatment. So, I left it with her wondering if I'd wasted my money and insulted her in the process. But when I went back a month later, she picked it up every time she sat down on the couch, with obvious delight. She LOVES it. She says she plays with it all the time when she lays on the couch for a rest. She really likes getting the green sections lined up." - Elizabeth + Tangle Therapy+
#5 Shake Up The Relatives
Stirs up memories of close family members and helps people to remember their unique qualities. Questions are asked to help people focus on their relatives, for example, "Did your grandmother like to bake homemade bread or did she like to buy it from the store" + Shake Up The Relatives Game+
Best Selling Gifts in 2014
Playable Art Ball
Create your own art by simply twisting and turning twenty colorful interconnected wooden balls into an endless number of configurations. So beautiful that you can't help but pick it up and play with it!+ Playable Art Ball - watch a video of it in action!+
One of the first activities we found to be beneficial, and it is still one of our best selling products. There are so many different ways to play this game, which is why we recommend it so highly+ Qwirkle +
#6 Lock Box
Activities for men with Alzheimer's and dementia can be hard to find. This one is perfect for manly interests and memories. Superbly crafted solid hardwood lock box with 3 separate compartments and 10 doors, each door has a different kind of latch or hasp or bolt or other locking mechanism.
"My mom ordered the Lock Box for my dad who lives in a memory care center. She filled the box cavities with trinkets including a key ring, a mini flashlight, coins, things one might find in every household junk drawer. When she presented the box to my dad, he was instantly engaged in opening the closures and looking inside to see what he would find. He spends at least half an hour at a time opening the doors, removing the items, examining them, putting them back in, and closing the locks. It has improved his quality of life and the quality of our visits with him. I feel that the Lock Box has provided a tactile therapy that was missing. I highly recommend this product." - Happy Farmer + Lock Box +
#7 Senior Smart Puzzles
Senior Smart Puzzles is a collection of mazes, hidden objects and same/different puzzles designed for seniors. Easy-to-read format, challenging brain stimulation, and appropriate level of difficulty for the mature mind. + Senior Smart Puzzles +
#8 Aloe Moisture Gloves
Infused with natural aloe vera and vitamin E, these super-soft gloves continually moisturize and pamper hands. These are great for anyone with dry or continually cold hands, or for someone who tends to pick at their skin. They come in pink and tan, and they really are the softest gloves you'll ever feel. + Aloe Moisture Gloves +
#9 Sandscape Dunes
Super fine sand of different colors flows through a clear liquid to form seemingly 3-dimensional sand dune vistas. This fascinating table-top toy will provide hours of relaxing stimulation, and inspire conversation.
"The slow drifting ebb and flow of the sand dunes has such a calming affect that it is yet again another product that I've told others about. It works to calm not only my Mom but I, myself, find a beautiful peacefulness as we watch together. Nice addition to my Mom's room! " - Doris + Sandscape Dunes +
#10 Goldfinch Puzzle
This 36 piece puzzle is from a specially created line of puzzles designed for those who live with Alzheimer’s Disease. The extra large pieces allow for easy gripping and minimize the frustration caused by regular-sized pieces. + See all of our Alzheimer's Puzzles here +
Talking Photo Album
This Deluxe Talking Photo Album has 200 minutes of recording time. Use it to make a memory book filled with family photos from your loved ones life.+ Talking Photo Album - watch a video! +
Connect Tile Game
36 tiles with real photo pictures that can be categorized by six subjects (people, transportation, food, animals, textures and objects) and six colors (red, green, blue, orange, yellow and black/white). Instructions for six games, with varying degrees of difficulty+ Connect Tile Game +