12.12.16 Mary Yamin-Garone, DeMystifying Alzheimer’s
Good afternoon. Welcome to Demystifying Alzheimer’s. I’m your hostess Mary Yamin-Garone.
Today I’ll share some more gift-giving tips for someone with Alzheimer’s.
The best gifts for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s are large, colorful and cheerful. Here are some practical and creative ideas for your loved one this holiday season.
Do you remember coloring as a kid? It was one of my favorite things to do. I could color for hours. It’s a relaxing, calming way to lower the stress and anxiety most Alzheimer’s sufferers feel every day. The designs in adult coloring books are relatively easy to color, enjoyable and intricate enough to challenge your loved one’s creativity. The images are only printed on one side of the page so you don’t have to worry about bleed-through if markers are used.
You can find a wide variety of adult coloring books online at Dover Publications, Amazon and Books-a-Million and most Walmart stores. A set of coloring pencils makes a great stocking stuffer to go with the gift.
One of the biggest frustrations for someone with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers is remembering what day and time it is. An easy-to-see clock and calendar solves that problem. These clocks clearly display the day, week and month in large, bold letters. Words are spelled out on a bright, easy-to-read 8″ LED display to help your loved one or others who have difficulty comprehending abbreviated words. The time is shown in a large, bright and clear layout that can be seen from a distance, helping those who have problems with their vision. Clocks are available on sites, such as Amazon and DayClox USA.
An automatic pill dispenser is another practical gift for someone with AD or dementia. It provides peace of mind for you and your loved one. You can find these daily reminder pill boxes in any drug or retail store. The LiveFine Automatic Pill Dispenser, however, offers something new. It keeps your loved one’s drug and medication doses locked away until they need to be taken. Featuring a timer and alerts, this dispenser will protect them against mistaken or forgotten dosages and eliminate the need for constant refilling. The alerts are easily programmed to the minute via the LCD interface. You also can customize your loved one’s drug regimen with one of six rotating templates for up to six daily doses.
Music is a beautiful gift for someone with Alzheimer’s or in the early stages of memory loss because of the health benefits on the brain. A portable CD player or radio with a remote control will make their life—and yours—easier. Your loved one can turn the music on and off or the volume up or down right from their chair or bed.
Wireless bluetooth headphones with active noise cancelling headphones are a great gift for someone with—or without—Alzheimer’s. They allow them to listen to their music as loud or soft as they want without disrupting those around them. You can find them on Amazon. They’re a bit expensive but well worth it.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Fishers Finery Ultra Plush Fleece Throw for Comfort and Warmth is one of the best gifts for someone with AD or memory loss because it offers “sensory stimulation.” Made from micro velvet fleece for comfort and warmth, it’s machine washable for easy laundering.
Similar to the wireless bluetooth headphones, TV stereo assistive listening headphones headphones are recommended for your loved one who can’t hear the television. Whether living at home or in an assisted living facility or nursing home, this system will help them easily hear the television and won’t disturb other residents. They’re available on Amazon.
A calendar with family photos is another great gift for someone with Alzheimer’s. It’s a constant reminder that they’re loved. VistaPrint makes it easy and fun to upload and organize your personal photos into a calendar and it’s affordable (starting at $14).
Some Alzheimer’s sufferers constantly twist and wring their hands. Tangle toys are a good idea because they give them something to do with their hands. They can relax while twisting and turning these soft, rubberized pieces around and around. They also relieve stress and help with mind wellness.
If your loved one is in a care facility, bring them the gift of their favorite food. If possible, bring them home for an evening of cooking and dining or take them to their favorite restaurant for a meal.
The Twiddle Cat Activity/Comfort Aid features soft, cozy, fleecy fur in muffs and shades of chocolate brown or cream with satin embellishments. Your loved one’s hands and mind are kept active and engaged by the interior soft-plastic orbit ball, a sealed satin pouch, a loop of multi-colored wooden beads, streaming textured ribbons and a Velcro pull patch.
One of the worst fears for the families of someone with Alzheimer’s is getting lost. An engraved “Dementia” Medical Alert Identification Bracelet is extremely valuable for a caregiver! An identifying bracelet can help them get home safely if they’re lost or separated from their family members or caregiver.
That’s all for today. Thanks for listenting. I hope this information was helpful.
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