Having a family member with Alzheimer’s disease means the stress level is alleviated. The fact cannot be denied that Alzheimer’s disease has no cure, but has evidence that appropriate stimulating activities help better functioning of the brain. There are gifts for Alzheimer patients that aids to keep a degree of independence. Considering the stages, gifts for Alzheimer’s can be given:
- Gifts can be classic TV shows and movies they love to watch.
- Puzzles and games offering them sensory stimulation and cognitive challenge make appropriate gifts for Alzheimer patients as they are enjoyable and therapeutic.
- Reading materials reflecting their personal interests or subscribe to Monthly Coloring Club to receive regular coloring books that will please them.
- Music CDs as it stimulates reminiscing
- Books informing about this disease.
- Clocks and phones for them to remember the numbers and to hear voices.
- Activity books such as coloring books from Monthly Coloring Club
- Simple puzzles and games or activities that promote memory or stimulate senses.
- Stage-appropriate pursuits or activities, so that they are not compelled or troubled.
- Any device promoting movement of arms, hands, etc.
- Music is an all-time gift for Alzheimer in all stages. In fact, in the later stages, music is beneficial.
- Clothing that helps in dressing and undressing conveniently and easily.
- Stuffed animal or doll.
- Photo album of friends, family, and places relating to the past with a caption describing.
- Homemade foods, their favorites
Caregivers for Alzheimer patients have a tough task to handle and at times it may be overwhelming. Each day the caregiver has to cope with different levels and new behavior patterns. There is high risk for illness and depression to affect caregivers as well if they fail to receive enough support from friends and family.
Here are some gifts for Alzheimer caregivers:
- Call them weekly; send emails or text messages, so that they are not ignored totally. Do not expect them to give you a phone call, they will not do.
- Invite them on outings or at least provide them a lift to nearby shopping or church.
- Plan celebrations at the house and allow them to contribute, if they wish.
- Purchase gift cards or take them with you to do holiday shopping or join them for weekly grocery shopping.
- Give them surprise gifts in good gift wraps.
- Be a very patient and good listener so that they get support and encouragement.
- Assist in paying bills, laundry and house cleaning.