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25 Perfect Gifts for People With Dementia

By Merritt WhitleyFebruary 24, 2021
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Finding the perfect gift for seniors with dementia may seem difficult in the moment, but the task can actually be extremely fun and rewarding—especially if you know what to look for.

As a general rule of thumb, it’s helpful to make sure gifts for people with dementia are simple, useful, and tailored to their personal likes and capabilities. It can also be helpful to understand a person’s past career, unique hobbies, and the stage of dementia they’ve been diagnosed with. These factors can help you determine which gift may ultimately be the best fit. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift to excite a lifelong music lover, or a present to nurture the heart of a nature lover, be sure to explore our diverse list of gifts for people with dementia.

Unique game gifts for seniors with dementia

Games can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. This gift idea can not only initiate social interaction, but it can boost cognitive thinking, and bring some joy and entertainment.

Grandma’s Game Time personalized photo memory game

For seniors in the earlier stages of dementia, you can design and customize a photo memory game. Each game consists of 24 cards and can feature up to 12 different photos. This personable and interactive gift can help keep the mind sharp, while bringing a delightful and familiar smile to your loved one’s face. Be sure to include meaningful text and their favorite photographs or memories of grandchildren, friends, or pets. It’s perfect for any occasion!

Additional game gift ideas for seniors with dementia include:

  • PICLINK. A multi-game set of 36 tiles designed for individuals with cognitive impairment or disabilities. This game is perfect for all ability levels and includes photos of different categories like people, structures, transportation, food, and more. It can encourage conversations, reinforce memories, and keep seniors engaged.
  • Dementia puzzles. You can choose between 12-, 24-, and 63-piece puzzle sets with various designs such as nature, sports, and other themes. It’s an entertaining and easy activity to participate in with your loved one. You can invite friends and grandchildren to join in on the fun too! After you complete the puzzle, you can frame it and keep it as a memory, or make completing puzzles a regular family tradition around the holidays.

Relaxing gifts for seniors with dementia

Who doesn’t enjoy being pampered from time to time? Self-care is important for everyone, especially for seniors with dementia, as it can provide relief and reduce tension. For those who’d like to take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy some quiet time, here are a few gift ideas to help.

Stylish Sleep n’ Slumber Oil Diffuser for seniors

Aromatherapy has been known to calm, reduce stress, and have other beneficial effects on seniors with dementia. The Deluxe Sleep n’ Slumber Oil Diffuser is a top-quality diffuser, which includes 7 color-changing LED lights and six comforting nature sounds. Add in a few drops of essential oils and it will help clean the air, too. You can give your loved one a spa-like feeling day or night by creating a soothing atmosphere at home with a stylish diffuser.

Additional relaxing gifts for dementia patients include:

  • Fidget sensory pad. This carefully designed therapeutic tool sits on your loved one’s lap and can provide comfort, as well as calming sensations. It relieves boredom by providing a variety of tactile stimulation options. For example, it includes colorful sequins, a coin purse, Velcro, buckles, and more, to keep your loved one at ease while resting or sitting.
  • Specialized sleep wear or shower robes. Everybody needs something comfortable to sleep in or bundle up in after a warm bath. Do you know their favorite color or style? Luckily, you’ve got options at Buck and Buck! Many of these choices provide optimal comfort and are designed to make getting dressed easier for those with dementia or disabilities. You can sort through a variety of flannel gowns, shirts, and knit pajamas for women, as well as flannel pajamas for men with a Velcro strap or zipper.
  • Chunky knit blanket. Provide warmth and coziness all year long by giving an extra soft and stylish blanket. It can be decorative or perfect for curling up and watching a movie with a loved one or pet. There are many different styles, colors, and textures to choose from. It’s a relaxing gift that can work well for anyone nearly anytime.

Creative gifts for dementia patients

The best gifts typically engage the heart, soul, and mind. Here are a few gifts tailored to encourage the artistic side of seniors who are passionate about art, music, or self-expression.

The Original Buddha Board for art lovers

The Buddha Board is the perfect way to write, draw, and create masterpieces with no mess. It’s environmentally friendly because it only uses water. It doesn’t contain ink, paint, or chemicals, and can last for years with proper care. Your loved one can paint on the surface, but as the water slowly evaporates, the image dissolves, leaving a clean slate. It’s the ideal gift for those who love to draw, or use their hands because it encourages creativity over and over again.

Additional creative gifts for seniors with dementia include:

  • Simple Music Player. This device is unique because of its dementia-friendly design. It comes in a few different color options and is pre-loaded with tunes, but you can also upload custom playlists to match your loved one’s preferences. There are only three buttons used to operate the entire device, and it’s strategically designed to be reminiscent of an old-fashioned radio. The benefits of personalized music for Alzheimer’s patients are nearly countless. It’s easy to use and will be cherished by all musicians and music lovers!
  • Playable ART Ball fidget toy. This creative and artistic wooden toy includes safe, movable spheres that can be arranged to make holders for pens, phones, or additional items at home or in a memory care community. The spheres come in a 12-or-20-ball design with multiple finish options to choose from. They can be twisted and morphed into many different forms, which provides stimulation and the opportunity to use your imagination. It not only helps with hand dexterity, but can be a simple way to have fun while building something unique.
  • Therapy Dough. This infused, colorful grownup version of play-dough can ease tension and reduce stress as well as fidgeting. Watch your loved one’s imagination run wild as they squeeze and mold dough to create their own art. Add lavender oil to provide a calming effect, or peppermint oil to increase energy and awareness. Many art therapists use clay or dough to reduce depression and anxiety. It’s a fun, yet simple way help your loved one unwind.

Helpful gifts for dementia patients

Gifts that simplify everyday life or make tasks easier can be excellent choices for seniors. Here are some gift options that may be able to reduce stress or streamline aspects of day-to-day life.

Memory picture phone amplified

memory picture phone can be an excellent gift for seniors who may be intimidated by, or not able to use technology easily, but still want to connect with friends and family. This 10-button corded picture phone includes an emergency button and 10 frames to insert photos of family and friends for easy and quick dialing. It’s hearing aid compatible and ensures effortless communication!

Additional helpful gifts for people with dementia include:

  • Digital memory loss calendar day clock. This modern clock includes a digital alarm clock and spells out the week, month, and date, in large, clear letters. There are no confusing abbreviations, and the clock has a battery backup in case of a power outage.
  • Hydro FlaskThis carefully engineered standardized flask ensures safe and temperature- controlled drinks. It’s made with 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel to ensure pure taste and no flavor transfer. It has a lifetime warranty and can be designed and customized to your choosing.

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Miscellaneous gifts for seniors with dementia

If you haven’t found the perfect gift yet, consider the following ideas:

Last but not least, you can always plan an engaging dementia activity to enjoy with your loved one at home. There are many ways to show your gratitude and appreciation. Whether it’s through spending time with them, sending a meaningful letter, giving the perfect gift, or a combination of sorts, we’re certain your loved one will be thrilled with your final gift decision!

Merritt Whitley

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