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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.
 
Of course spending time listening or just being with the person is a wonderful gift in itself, but you may also be looking for ideas of things that may help them and boost their spirits.
 
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.
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1. What day is it? What time is it?

Not knowing the time or day can be very frustrating for someone 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...
 

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 2. Relax with some Painting

Aquapaint is a wonderful activity suitable for all abilities. No paint, no mess, you just brush water onto the sheet and the beautiful image appears. Giving someone a task that they can achieve is a great way to lift their mood. Alternatively a Paint-by-numbers kit may be ideal for someone looking for more of a challenge. See more...

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3. When a word puzzle doesn’t appeal as it once did

If someone with Alzheimer’s previously enjoyed doing word puzzles but don't appear to anymore, it could be that it has just become too challenging. Mindjig A4 Word Search Puzzles are large and clear and have no diagonal or backwards words. They come in 3 levels so you can match a person’s ability. See more...

 

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The simple and clear 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...

 

big-picture-buttons-phone.jpg 5. Keeping connected with loved ones

This big button picture phone makes keeping in touch much easier. It has 6 picture buttons to store numbers for one touch calling. Seeing the person’s face may help someone remember a call they wanted to make. See more...

 

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6. For music lovers everywhere

Our brains love music and for a senior 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 an enlivening gift. Turn on the words on the screen so everyone can join in for a sing-along. See more...

 

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7. A Jigsaw Puzzle may be the answer

Jigsaws are a fantastic activity for people for many reasons - See our article "Why Jigsaw Puzzles are Brilliant for Brains".  But it is important to choose a puzzle that suits a persons ability. If someone no longer seems interested you may just like to try an easier puzzle, we have a range from 500 piece down to 12 piece puzzles. See more...

 

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This Simple Music Player allows a person to continue to listen to the music they love, when they want to. It looks like a radio so there is no confusions as to what it does. Simply lift the lid to start the music. See more...

 

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9. Let’s keep talking

Conversation Cards for Adults are designed to encourage reminiscing in individuals experiencing memory loss. There a 52 large cards with clear coloured photos to help spark memories and questions to start conversations. See more...

 

 

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10. Lift spirits with a bit of friendly competition

If an individual can no longer get out to enjoy the sports and exercise they once did, it can be a fun thing to introduce some versions they can still enjoy. Games such as this Golf Target game can be played from a standing or sitting position. See more...