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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...
 
 
big-picture-buttons-phone.jpg2. 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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3. It's relaxing to be creative
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. See more...
 
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4. Let's keep playing together
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...
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5. Keep hands engaged and minds stimulated
Our Mindjig Fidgets Mats are made for adults. They have recognisable objects of interest attached and different textures to stimulate memories and hold their attention. See more...
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6. Help a loved one stay independent with their music
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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7. 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. 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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8. 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 an enlivening gift for someone with Alzheimer’s. Turn on the words on the screen so everyone can join in for a sing-along. See more...
 
 
jigsaws-mindjig.jpg9. A Jigsaw Puzzle may be the answer
Jigsaws are a fantastic activity for people for many reasons - read our Jigsaw Puzzle blog post. But it is important to choose a puzzle that suits their 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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10. When a word puzzle doesn't appeal as it once did
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 New Zealand themed and have no diagonal or backwards words. 3 levels available to match a person's ability. See more...
 
 
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11. 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 games to get you moving...
 
 
 
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12. An easy way to get the family talking together
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...