If you have a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, it might be difficult to find the perfect present this Christmas. I would recommend that you consider three things when selecting a gift for a person with Alzheimer's disease.
1. Choose something that will make things easier, things that will help maintain a degree of independence. This type of product is also known as Aids for Daily Living. This could be a product that helps them to remember to take their medicine or to accomplish an everyday task. It could be an item that helps him locate something when he forgets where he used it last. It could also be something that makes everyday living less dangerous. Below you can find some helpful gift suggestions to make everyday living easier for a person with Alzheimer's disease.
2. Another important consideration: find something that is fun, something that he or she will really enjoy. We have spent countless hours finding activities that are delightful at the same time that they are engaging and stimulating. That could be sensory stimulation, cognitive stimulation, or physical stimulation. If an activity stimulates it will probably be fun. DVDs that offer an alternative to television, games and puzzles are great choices.
3. Lastly do not forget to consider the stage he or she is in when selecting a present for a person with Alzheimer's. In the earliest stages, gifts need not be different than what you might have given before the diagnosis. Games and activities should reflect interests and challenge to exercise the brain as well as the body. As the condition worsens activities should be less challenging, but should still reflect her interests to keep them involved. Later stage gifts should concentrate on providing comfort while stimulating the senses.
Early Stage Gifts for Alzheimer's
Classic movies and TV shows
Activity books: math games, crossword puzzle, strategy games
Health club membership/Personal Trainer
Books that teach about the disease
Music CD's – especially music that also stimulates reminiscing
Reading material that reflects the interests of the reader
Middle Stage Gifts for Alzheimer's
Activities to inspire reminiscing
Senior Activity Books
Any manipulative device that promotes movement (of the hands, arms, etc.)
Simple games and puzzles
Anything that stimulates any of the senses
Toiletries and other products that will pamper
Late Stage Gifts for Alzheimer's
Nature videos/Other videos that feature visual and auditory stimulation
Doll or stuffed animal
Weighted lap pad or apron
Special clothing that makes dressing and undressing easier
The perfect gift for a caregiver
Caregivers often don’t recognize when they are in over their heads, and often get to a breaking point, especially during Christmas season. When you have a loved one who has Alzheimer’s, sending them to a family or friends house even for a couple of ours is out of question. One of the best solutions in this case may include respite care, hiring home health aides or putting the disabled loved one in a facility designed for Memory Care.
Bel Aire Senior Living is offering this Holiday Season Respite Care Coupon to offer help to those in need. As you can see on the coupon above, Bel Aire is offering 2 FREE HOURS for Respite Care during this holiday season. Offer is good from 11/28/2013 – 12/31/2013. Rate of $15/hr will be applied to any additional hours. Up to 8 hours per day allowed. Please call Bel Aire Senior Living at 801 763 0622 for availability.
If you are a care giver or know someone else who could use such help, please pass it on.