Finding the perfect gift for your loved ones during the holiday season can be a challenge, especially when shopping for those with dementia. As dementia progresses, individuals with the disease may find that their interests and abilities also change over time. When choosing the perfect gift for your loved one with dementia, it’s important to consider their personal likes, capabilities, hobbies and the stage of dementia they’re currently experiencing. Typically, those with dementia experience three different stages of the disease: early, middle, and late. During these stages, individuals may experience personality changes, loss of communication skills, and other behavioral changes. Using the different stages of dementia as a guide for choosing the perfect holiday gift can make the process a lot less challenging. Our team at Maplewood Senior Living has created a complete guide to holiday shopping for your loved one with dementia. As you continue your holiday shopping, consider using the tips below to reduce stress and increase the likelihood of choosing something your loved one with thoroughly enjoy:
According to the Alzheimer’s Society, in the early stages of dementia, a person’s symptoms are often mild and not always easy to notice. Those in the early stages of dementia may experience a subtle loss of memory, and reduced speed of thought, language, and perception. At this stage of the disease, gifts that are stimulating, practical, and have purpose are important to consider. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas:
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, during the middle stages of dementia, which can last many years, the brain makes it difficult to express thoughts and perform routine tasks. During this stage, you make want to choose a gift that provides comfort or allows your loved one to express themselves creatively.
Late-stage dementia can last anywhere between several weeks to several years. Generally, those who are experiencing late-stage dementia require around-the-clock care. Sensory stimulating gifts for those in later stages of dementia could include a digital photo frame or music playlists filled with songs from your loved one’s childhood and teenage years. You might also consider gifts of comfort, such as fuzzy robes and slippers. This music therapy teddy bear combines the benefits of music and doll therapy, which provides comfort and feelings of nostalgia for your loved one.
The holidays are a time of celebration and connecting with family and friends. However, we know the holiday season can present unique challenges for those with dementia. Our staff at Maplewood Senior Living are committed to providing the tools and resources to help keep the holidays full of joy and stress-free. It’s never too early to start preparing for the holiday season—whether that means starting your shopping now or discussing holiday plans with your loved one. See how we can help—schedule a tour of one of our communities today.
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