Five Gifts for Elderly Relatives with Alzheimer’s
Finding that perfect gift for an elderly relative is challenging since many older adults already seem to have everything they need. Yet, your loved one deserves to have their special moments recognized, and a tangible gift gives those with Alzheimer’s a way to remember things, such as their birthday. These five gift ideas are all perfect for helping you show your loved one you care.
Hand Them a Fidget Blanket
Older adults in the later stages of Alzheimer’s might not be able to move around much. A fidget blanket has things like buttons and zippers that provide a textural experience. Your loved one can use the blanket to ease their anxiety or feel warm on a cool day.
Give Them Memorial Jewelry
A piece of memorial jewelry is perfect for someone who seems to have everything, since it is likely that they won’t have this. Those with Alzheimer’s can feel a sense of comfort after a loss when they feel like their loved one is close. Look for jewelry like a bullet necklace for ashes that screws tight so that the ashes do not get lost. Your loved one will enjoy the shininess of the outside of the necklace while feeling a sense of closeness to someone that they cared deeply about. Even on days when they can’t quite remember who they have lost, having a memento can bring them a sense of comfort.
Put Together a Basket of Puzzles
Gift baskets are always fun. Many with Alzheimer’s often like to do word games and puzzles to prevent further memory loss. Grab a set of books and board games, and put them in a pretty basket for your loved one to enjoy whenever they need something to do. Adding in treats, fruits and healthy snacks that have plenty of water can also help your loved ones stay hydrated, which can be difficult for older adults once they start having trouble drinking.
Help Them Cook with Automatic Shut-Off Appliances
Your loved one may worry about forgetting to turn the stove off when they cook. Look for appliances that are designed for single people and that have automatic shut-off switches. Slow cookers are an option that often shut off after a period of time or can have a timer set for safety purposes.
Provide Them with an Outing
Anyone with Alzheimer’s disease might not be able to get out often. Therefore, an experience gift is likely to lift their spirits. Plan a simple outing, such as going to lunch that your loved one can enjoy. Keep in mind that someone with Alzheimer’s may need to be supervised at all times in public spaces, so invite someone else to come along as an extra set of eyes.
As your loved one’s Alzheimer’s disease advances, remember that they still feel when they are loved and cherished. Bringing them a gift shows that they are important to you. They’ll also love having something new that helps to brighten up their day.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, NM. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan.