Alzheimer's Gift Guide


Internet's Best Guide for People With Dementia

Aside from offering you the best selection of games and activities for Alzheimer's, we want to help you choose the right gift for your loved one during the holiday season and throughout the year.

Alzheimer's Gift Guide - Some of our best and most popular gifts for people with dementia including Alzheimer's

Our research as well as our experience have allowed us to create the ultimate gift guide for Alzheimer's and dementia. Use our knowledge to help choose the perfect gift, and avoid gift-giving pitfalls. For example - a family photograph is a great gift, especially if it is nicely framed and presented. However, a recent photograph might not be a good idea for someone who is in a later stage of Alzheimer’s disease... Read Holly's story here.

Holidays are for sharing. Sharing love, sharing camaraderie, sharing memories. Holidays are for other things, too, but it’s the sharing that makes a holiday memorable. Even though a person with Alzheimer’s disease has trouble remembering recent events (it’s the nature of the disease - read more), many can still remember things that happened long ago. This quirk of the disease is a good place to start when thinking about the right gift.

The Gift of Independence

Consider giving something that will make daily activities easier. This might not seem as fun as a game, book of beautiful photographs, or a CD of favorite oldies, if it gets her or him through the day without the need for help, it will be greatly appreciated.

Alzheimer's Gift Guide—Independence

The Gift of Activity

Everybody wants something to do. That’s why activities are so important. It is wonderful when you find something that your loved one enjoys. If she is not in some way engaged, she might fall prey to the "Four A's of Alzheimer's": Anxiety, Aggression, Agitation, Apathy. Remember that as Alzheimer’s progresses, one loses the ability to make decisions and therefore will not be able to decide what to do. It's up to you to provide activities that are enjoyable and appropriate for her.

Alzheimer's Gift Guide—Activity

The Gift of Reminiscence

Reminiscence can be strong therapy for anyone with memory or cognitive disorders. Honor your mom’s life and accomplishments by providing her with an outlet to share her life story with you. Although it may be hard for her to hold a conversation about current events, she can likely talk about historical events from her day and tell intriguing stories about her life.

Alzheimer's Gift Guide—Reminiscence

The Gift of The Senses

Sensory stimulation is necessary for the individual with dementia, and also can improve memory and cognition. Sensory gifts are a particularly good choice for people with severe dementia. Just remember that no matter how severe the disease or how far progressed, people still need and welcome this stimulation.

Alzheimer's Gift Guide—Sensory Stimulation

The Gift of Comfort

Providing comfort to your loved one with Alzheimer’s is your most important job. Think of things that would bring pleasure and relaxation to their day. Physical comfort is just as important as emotional comfort.

Alzheimer's Gift Guide—Nurture & Comfort

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Click on the pictures and links below for more ideas for enjoying the holidays and other special occassions.

Alzheimer's Gift Guide - Popular and appropriate gift ideas for people with dementia including Alzheimer's


Alzheimer's Gift Guide - presenting a gift

Once your choice is made you are ready for the next step – presenting the gift to him or to her. Some tips on presenting a gift to someone with Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's Gift Guide - Sharing holidays with family and loved ones

Suggestions for making your holiday season enjoyable for everyone.

Alzheimer's Gift Guide - Gift giving if you cannot be with your loved one with dementia

Long Distance Gift Giving:Things to consider when buying a gift this season for someone you won't be able to share it with personally.

Alzheimer's Gift Guide - some some thoughts on what might not be a good or appropriate gift for a person with dementia

What not to give: Some things just do not make good gifts.

Alzheimer's Gift Guide - The stage of Alzheimer's should be considered when selecting a gift

It is important to consider the stage of disease progression when choosing a gift.