Gifts for Loved Ones with Memory Issues

It can be a struggle to find the perfect gift for all of your family and friends during the holiday season. This is especially true when you are shopping for a relative with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Their memory issues may cause them to forget what their interests and hobbies are, or not understand why they received a certain gift.

But there are several gifts that you can give that can be beneficial to a person in need of memory care. Dr. Carol Lippa, Director of the Cognitive Disorders and Comprehensive Alzheimer’s Disease Center in the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Jefferson, and Julie Maillie, the program coordinator at the Center, recommend the following options:

Digital Photobook- Seeing photos from the past will help jog their memory of good times with family members and could provide comfort. The digital option will eliminate tangible photos that could get lost.

Nightlight- This small but helpful gift could help with their vision at night if they awake to go to the bathroom, or become confused and walk around.

Soft and cozy- Gifts like comfortable blankets, bathrobes, slippers, and socks provide warm comfort that will keep your loved ones cozy and could also be easier to dress themselves with since there are no complicated buttons or fasteners.

Replicate a spa- People with memory issues may lose interest in bathing, so giving them nice soaps or lotions may encourage them to do so. Gifting a spa day or certificates to a salon will help take the work out of grooming oneself and will help them feel good and refreshed.

Electronics with large writing- This practical gift makes it easy to see displays and will help your loved one stay oriented with time and minimize frustration.

Back to the classics- By receiving a classic movie, old TV show, or CDs of their favorite music, they can enjoy themselves, relax to something familiar, and enjoy a laugh!

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