Gift Ideas for Alzheimer’s & Dementia Patients

Finding a gift for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is not always easy. Fortunately, there are Alzheimer’s gift guides and products that can help make your search stress-free this holiday season.Gift Ideas for Alzheimer's & Dementia Patients

Learn more from these gift ideas for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

Gift Ideas for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Searching for the perfect gift for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia does not have to be difficult.

The Alzheimer’s Association recommends that you first consider what stage of the disease your loved one is in when shopping for a gift for them.

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, for instance, a gift may not be very different from what you’d give your loved one before their diagnosis. In later stages of the disease, however, sensory stimulating gifts become more important, because the stimulus could bring back some of your loved one’s memories.

Here are some gift ideas for Alzheimer’s by stage that you can use when searching for a gift for a loved one this holiday season:

Early Stage Gifts

  1. Activity books, like crossword puzzles or strategy games.
  2. Classic movies and television shows than can stimulate your loved one.
  3. CD’s and music that allow your loved one to reminisce.
  4. A memorable photo album or calendar that features special family occasions and family photos.
  5. A memory phone that can store photos with the contact information and names of your loved one’s family and friends.

Middle Stage Gifts

  1. Erasable white boards that highlight key rooms or areas in your loved one’s home.
  2. A large typed clock that highlights both the date and time.
  3. Automatic nightlights that will light for your loved one as soon as it gets dark.
  4. An automatic medication dispenser.
  5. Simple craft activities that inspire reminiscing.

Late Stage Gifts

Sensory stimulating gifts can include:

  1. A fluffy bathrobe or a soft blanket in a favorite color.
  2. Comfortable clothes like sweat suits and shoes with Velcro ties that can make dressing and undressing easier on a loved one.
  3. A doll or stuffed animal.
  4. Music and CD’s that feature songs from your loved one’s childhood or teenage years.
  5. A location device that can track your loved one, if they become disoriented and wander.

Do you have any other gift ideas for Alzheimer’s or dementia that we haven’t mentioned above? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.

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  • Amy

    My recently turned 63 and she’s in late stages of dementia. I purchased her a photo book online in which I placed tons of pictures of her, her kids, and her grandkids (with names labeled) in all different stages of their/our lives, just in case she was able to remember us when we were younger. She loved it!

    • caitlinburm

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  • susan

    I had a collage blanket made with pictures of my husband from his youth with his parents and sister, our children when they were young, then when they were married with our grandchildren and the two of us at special events over our 43 years of marriage. He has had several stays in the hospital and rehab and putting it on his bed helps him feel connected to us – PLUS – it’s a great conversation started because everyone comments on it so he gets to tell them who is on the blanket.

    • Diane hunter

      Can you tell me how you got this made please? Would love to do this for my mum

      • Rebecca Wong or has them, keep an eye out for sales–sometimes I’ve seen massive sales through groupon as well. There’s an extra soft blanket that’s a little more expensive than the polar fleece but is so nice to the touch. My dad refused to use it like a blanket though he likes his. The staff hung it for him–that is after years of him packing everything up went to the wayside.

  • Rosa Cross

    My mom is in late stage and really enjoys her responsive stuffed animals, ones that speak or move with an easy press button.

    • caitlinburm

      That really sounds like a great gift! Thank you for sharing, Rosa.

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  • Edith Slabaugh

    I had an activity lap blanket made for my mom. She is in late stages. She likes to “fidget “! I filled the blanket with buttons, zippers, beads on a rope, fuzzy and silky fabrics. Giving it to her for Christmas!

    • Daisy Quintero

      would love to see your project, and to steal the idea LOL…will be working as an art therapist for dementia patients and I find your idea an absolute gem…

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  • Margaret

    ELECTRONIC PHOTO FRAMES! Load them with current photos from a camera card or old photos buried in photos albums. Scan the old photos, load them on a computer and then from the computer to a thumb drive and then plug the thumb drive into the frame. They can see photos from before they were born to today. Different thumb drives can have different photos so you can have every photo you ever took enjoyed. My mother loves watching pictures of her wedding, when she was younger raising us kids, and recent pictures of visits. And, once the pictures are loaded on the computer, sharing photos with every family member is easy. Old photos are fading fast anyway, scanning them is saving them.

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    • moon_gazer

      Some good ideas on there, thank you.

      • caitlinburm

        Thank you for sharing! We are glad to hear that you found our “Gift Ideas for Alzheimer’s and Dementia” content useful.

  • I made a “Memory Tree” for my mum’s 86th birthday … a multi-media Family Tree picture which she absolutely loved! Its not just a visual memory aid but a sensory aid due to the different textures Ive used which keep her attention & focus. Because of how successful this was for my mum, I have put my art work on Etsy.

  • These are amazing gift ideas for people with Alzheimer’s. I love the memorable photo album, simple craft activities and music that will remind them of their childhood or teenage years. I’ve made a list of gifts for seniors and I suggested key finder. I think this is also perfect for those with cognitive condition. This can help them reduce the hassle of going around the house just to find their keys. You can find other gift ideas here:

  • RosalieC

    I make fidget quilts and weighted lap pads for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. These have been becoming a more popular gift!

  • Liz

    My Dad gets a kick out of the solar activated little “statues” that I find at the Dollar Store. e.g. a pig with wings. a flower and stems, an owl. He also has enjoyed receiving cards with a short note. He has them all in a basket and when visitors come, they go through them and it is helpful for conversation. He is in the last stages now.

  • Ana

    Clothing for Late stage alzheimers or dementia – perfect for the ones that are transitioning to incontinence or like to take off their clothes. It’s super fluffy and comfy and zips in the back!!

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