Apr 08, 2015 - 01:56 PM
Some other ideas:
- Talk to your cousins (your aunt's children or primary decision maker). Does your aunt need anything? Do they have specific ideas? Maybe a gift card for some ease on regular expenses would be helpful.
- Blankets and quilts are a good option (if she doesn't have too many already. No electric!) Maybe a homemade quilt, something embroidered, a new sheet set for her bed or an especially soft throw. Anything with an interesting texture is great for dementia, as it can be therapeutic.
- Scented lotions, etc. (I tend to favor the calming fragrances like lavander, chamomille, shea, cocoa butter, vanilla, etc.) If you give a fragrance of any kind, there is always a chance that it will not be used. Each of us has a preference for certain scents, so I recommend sticking with very common and very popular types and not going too wild.
- Music, either your aunt's favorite or something that makes sense for your aunt's memory loss. For a more personal touch, a mix tape makes a great gift. I recommend staying away from very somber music or very crazy music (I would absolutely stay away from some classics like Beethoven. Music affects the mood - so, exciting, fun, dancing, calming, soothing, etc. are great, but somber or depressing music is not.)
For more ideas, visit the Alzheimer's Association website at: