20th December 2019
It’s that time of year where some of the population are nicely organised and prepared for Christmas, whilst others are yet to embark on their Christmas gift shopping.
There are always a couple of difficult people to buy for on your list each year. The person who has everything, the techy teenager or the super-fussy sibling!
But what do you buy for someone who has dementia?
It can be difficult for family and friends to know what to buy for someone with dementia, particularly if they have very limited ability or space where they live. Some people may take the view that they won’t remember what you got them anyway, which can make shopping frustrating, but may also not be true. Although they may not remember who brought what gift (even shortly after receiving it in some cases) they will still have the pleasant feelings and emotions of unwrapping a present and enjoying it in that moment.
Appropriate gifts will depend on the individual themselves and also what stage their dementia is at.
Keep scrolling for a quick look at some gift ideas you might not have considered before…
Practical gifts: You could look at some practical and useful items that will make day-to-day life easier for dementia sufferers. Things like a day reminder clock, pill dispensers, walking aids, a one button radio, large remote control, adapted telephone, an old-style kettle for the hob etc.
Sensory gifts: Sensory stimulation helps people with dementia to reduce anxiety, stress and depression. It can also bring comfort, enjoyment and help social interaction. Gifts could include comfortable slippers, bed socks and fluffy dressing gowns but there are also lots of specialised gifts on the market such as widgets and fiddle blankets or muffs. Stuffed animals or dolls are also good. There are stuffed cats and dogs available that will purr, snore or give off vibrations that people enjoy keeping on their lap.
Brain exercising gifts: For those in the earlier stages of dementia or family members that are perhaps concerned about their brain health due to family history, there are lots of mind-stimulating products and gifts to add to the Christmas list. Memory games, card games, quiz cards, puzzles, puzzle books, rubik’s cubes etc. can all help. For those that enjoy technology there are various gadgets, apps and mind-training games for consoles or computers.
Nostalgic gifts: Giving the gift of conjuring up a fond memory could be a wonderful sentimental treasure. Some ideas include; a CD of music from their era, a record player and some records, a china teapot, their favourite childhood sweets (look out for the old fashioned specialist sweet shops), tickets for a show or concert from their past, vintage clothing, a photo book or album filled with pictures from their life.
Remember that your gift doesn’t have to be physical – you could write them a letter or a poem, have young children make them a pretty painting or take them out somewhere for the day. You could volunteer to sort out their garden, decorate a room in their house or bake their favourite cake. The gift of time is often the most valued.
Some useful links to online shops tailored for thoughtful gifts:
Other Articles you may be interested in reading:
Supporting Loved Ones with Dementia at Christmas
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A Quick Guide to Making a Will
7 Tips for a ‘Happy New Year’ After Divorce
If you need any legal assistance regarding dementia, capacity or any other matters over Christmas then please get in touch with our understanding team. Our offices remain open in between Christmas and New Year. Call on 01256 844888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will respond as soon as they are able.
The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.
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