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If you know someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia or brain injury you may find it challenging to find a suitable gift.
 
Whether you are gifting to someone who has been recently diagnosed, or someone who has a later stage dementia you want to give something to help and uplift them.
 
The best gift will depend on the individual's personality, lifestyle, environment and cognitive ability, so these gift ideas are not in any particular order.
 
Below are 10 products we recommend and some things you may find helpful to think about when choosing.
 
 
 
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1. Relieve the frustration from not being able to remember what day of the week it is
This Digital Day Clock is a fantastic gift for anyone with memory issues. This clock clearly shows all the information a person needs to know for where they are in their day and week. A huge anxiety reducing product for people and their caregivers. See more...
 
 
art-of-conversation.original.jpg2. How can I connect with someone with memory issues?
The Art of Conversation is a set of conversation starters and is extremely helpful in getting people talking. Someone with Alzheimer’s will be more able to participate when given a starter from this pack as it draws on their own personal recollections. Great for all ages and with 300 starters you are bound to find some fascinating topics. See more...
 
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3. Bringing the family together and including someone with Alzheimer’s
This is a fun game that requires no reading so the whole family can play. The simple shapes and colours in this Qwirkle game make this an excellent gift for someone with Alzheimer’s. Follow the rules and play as strategically and competitively as you want. Or the kids will love to join a grandparent in matching the colours and shapes together. This can also be a good sorting activity many people enjoy doing independently. See more
 
 
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4. Always nice to look at and great fun to fiddle with
These beautiful sculptural PlayableArt Balls were designed specifically for adults and make a wonderful gift for people with Alzheimer’s. This can be given as a nice ornament but with an unlimited number of shapes to be twisted into it won’t sit on the sidelines for long. Great for keeping hands busy. Reshape it every day for a brand new piece of artwork in your home. See more...
 
 
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5. For music lovers everywhere
Our brains love music and for someone with dementia this 101 Songs You Know By Heart DVD is a link to the past and a wonderful way to lift spirits. These old favourites make a enlivening gift for someone with Alzheimer’s. Turn on the words on the screen so everyone can join in for a happy sing-along. See more...
 
 
cars-tea-toast-jigsaws-mindjig-alzheimers-dementia.jpg6. For someone who has enjoyed the feeling of completing a Jigsaw Puzzle
Available in 24 or 12 pieces Mindjig Jigsaw Puzzle have been designed specifically for people with Alzheimer’s. The pictures appeal to adults with themes to help promote reminiscing. Large easy to handle pieces have a non-reflecting varnish making it easier for someone with dementia to see. The simple one piece box means a person doesn’t have the challenge of taking the lid off, thereby managing independently will be achievable for longer. See more...
 
 
 
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7. For someone who enjoyed word puzzles but may now seem less interested
If someone with Alzheimer’s previously enjoyed doing word puzzles but now seems not to, it could be that the task has become too challenging. Mindjig Wordfinds are an easier option. These New Zealand themed wordfind puzzles have no diagonal or backwards words and come in 3 levels to match a person's ability. See more...
 
 
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8. For the homemaker who has always done things for others
If a person has organised a home and family their whole adult life, suddenly not being able to help out can be a shock to their self esteem. Arranging these beautiful artificial flower bouquets is a safe easy way to help someone feel good about themselves. And these realistic bouquets make a lovely gift. See more...
 
 
 
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9. A way of connecting with family when communication becomes challenging
People can find it difficult visiting with someone who no longer communicates the way they used to. Kids and teens especially can find visiting uncomfortable, it may be a very different environment from what they know. Having some simple safe reading material like these Mindjig Reads can be a nice way of connecting with someone with later stage dementia. These aren't written for children, but kids may enjoy reading these aloud to a grandparent or listening along. Remember visits don’t have to be long and often shorter visits may be better. Have a simple plan, a cup of tea and one or two of these short stories or poems may be enough for everyone. See more...
 
 
 
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10. For the hands-on person who still wants to be kept productively busy
These plastic plumbing pipes will keep restless hands busy and creative. With 30+ interconnecting pipes and taps there are a lot of ways to put these together. The rustic hessian bag they come in adds smell and texture which also stimulates the senses and recall. For someone who likes helping out, pop the pipes in a sink of soapy water and let them give them a good clean. See more...