Holiday Gift Ideas for a Senior with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Holiday Gift Ideas for a Senior with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

  • December 18, 2018

Finding the perfect holiday gift for family members isn’t always easy. This is especially true when a senior loved one has dementia. Depending on what stage of the disease they are in, finding a meaningful gift can be difficult. But there are things adults with dementia need and gifts that can help them live a better quality of life. 

Here are a few gift suggestions that might help make holiday shopping a little easier.

Gifts Ideas for Adults with Different Forms of Dementia

Gifts for Adults in the Early Stages of Dementia

  • Simple crossword puzzles and card games
  • Electronic medication reminder pill box
  • Home-delivered meal service
  • A few hours of assistance from a housekeeping company
  • Beauty/barber shop coupons and gift certificates

Gifts for All Stages of the Disease

  • Music in any form, whether it is vinyl for an old-fashioned record player or a playlist set up on an iPod
  • GPS tracking watch or pendant
  • Simple arts and crafts projects
  • New pajamas that are easy to get on and off independently
  • Slippers with a non-skid sole to lower the risk for falls
  • Bird feeder or bird bath and supplies
  • Copies of family photos in a photo album
  • Comfortable clothing, such as jogging suits and jeans with an elastic waist
  • Non-toxic, scented hand and body lotion
  • Fidget blanket to help combat restlessness
  • Basket of their favorite treats and drinks
  • Classic movies or old favorites on DVD 
  • Adult coloring books and colored pencils
  • Framed family photos
  • Warm sweater or shawl
  • Hardcover nature books, such as those with cats, dogs, or birds
  • Adaptive kitchen utensil set (knife, spoon, fork)
  • Brightly colored melamine dishes 
  • Digital clock with large numbers

Give the Gift of Time

Our final gift suggestion is one you will hear us say a lot. There is no better gift than the gift of a loved one’s time. If your friend or family member is in the early stages of the disease, you could make time for lunch and a movie or an afternoon at the salon pampering yourselves. 

If your loved one’s Alzheimer’s or dementia is more advanced, peaceful time together might be better. A quiet afternoon watching classic movies or listening to old music can be meaningful.

Quality of Life for Adults with Dementia

In the memory care neighborhoods at Five Star Senior Living, helping adults with dementia live their best qualify of life is at the heart of everything we do. From carefully designed dining programs to life-enrichment activities that help adults with dementia feel successful, no detail is overlooked.


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