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Best Gifts for Someone with Dementia or Alzheimer’s

Nov 27, 2018 | Discussing Assisted Living, Tore's Home News

Choosing gifts for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s can be challenging. This year we have put together a guide to help you select gift options suitable for your loved one at almost any stage of their illness; from medication management tools in the early stages to soothing fidget and sensory items for the later stages. We hope you find it useful!

Gifts for Daily Living


Picture Phones: These simplified phones make it easier for anyone living with memory loss to connect to family and friends. When regular phones become too confusing or complicated, try switching out your loved one’s phone with one that requires nothing more than the touch of a single button.

  • Pictures can be placed on each button
  • Ringer switch with Hi/Lo/Off
  • Bright LED lights for incoming calls
  • 10 Two-touch or 10 one-touch memory keys
  • Red 911 emergency key

Cost: $30 – $40
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Remote Controls: Specifically designed for seniors, these devices have large color-coded tactile buttons to make it easier for with memory issues to access their favorite channels.

Flipper Big Button Remote for Two Devices

  • Easy to Navigate – With 6 buttons that are large and color coded, it’s ideal users that are partially sighted or elderly. No more complex and clunky TV remotes.
  • Only takes 15 minutes to set up. The lock feature prevents anyone undoing all your hard work.
  • Eliminates Useless Channels – Save up to 30 channels so you don’t have to wade through hundreds of channels you’ll never watch.

Cost: $30 – $35
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Unforgettable Day Clocks: Traditional clocks can be confusing, especially for the elderly, people with vision impairment or those struggling with dementia, memory loss, Alzheimer’s, and other degenerative diseases. With simple displays, anyone can read the time, day of the week, and date on these clocks to help them keep track of time.

Day Clock with Reminder Assistance

  • Battery Backup in case of power outage
  • Shows time of day (Morning, Afternoon, Night, Evening)
  • Includes Medical Reminders
  • Automatically Increases/Decreases Brightness
  • 6+ Languages Included
  • Choice of 4 Alarm Modes

Cost: $45 – $55
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Automatic Pill Dispensers: These devices keep drug doses locked away until the exact moment they need to be taken. Featuring a timer and alerts, they protect against mistaken or forgotten dosages while eliminating the need for constant refilling.

28-Day Electronic Medication Organizer

  • Lock and Key Feature Provides Overdose
  • Protection and Prevent Access to Medication Outside of Prescribed Times
  • Fully Automatic with a Lockable Lid and Precise Timed Access to Medication
  • Interchangeable Discs Gives the Ability to Dispense Alternative Treatment Protocols of Once to Six Times a Day

Cost: $60 – $70
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Gifts to Reduce Anxiety and Stress


Companion Pets: With lifelike bodies that gently “breathe” when batteries are installed. These adorable furry friends bring comfort and companionship to those living with dementia. “As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the need to nurture, love and be loved increases.” American Association of Geriatric Psychiatrists

Companion Pet for Alzheimer's and Dementia Sufferers

  • Adoption Certificate Included
  • Collar with Pet Tag Attached
  • Grooming Brush Included
  • Multiple Cat and Dog Breeds

Cost: $30 – $40
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Fidget Toys and Blankets: Restless hands can lead to increased anxiety. Twiddling and fidgeting provides a soothing sensation for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or autism. The act of using their hands in a controlled way helps calm while simultaneously aiding manual dexterity and memory retention.

TwiddlePup Sensory Therapy for Alzheimer's DementiaTwiddlePup

  • Helps retain fine motor skills
  • Soft-plastic orbit ball tethered on the inside.
  • Multi-colored wooden beads, textured ribbons, a sealed buckskin crackle pouch, and a Velcro pull patch to exercise hands and mind alike.
  • Ideal for home as well as memory care facilities.

Cost: $50 – $60
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Memory Loss Fidget PillowMemory Loss Fidget Pillow

  • Great for seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia that need extra stimulation
  • Keeps hands busy and helps caregivers through the difficult times of the day
  • Lacing, buckling and zipping activities
  • Buttoned pocket, rings to clip favorite items and more!
  • Has an assortment of fabrics for tactile stimulation

Cost: $55 – $65
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Therapy Dolls: Studies show “doll therapy” can improve the wellbeing of dementia patients in a number of ways. Designed exclusively for dementia patients, this cherubic doll engages seniors by giving them an object of nurturing and affection.

Therapy Doll for Alzheimer's Dementia

  • Weighted (3 lbs) to provide therapeutic pressure
  • Eyes close when doll is “asleep” like a real baby (prevents agitation)
  • Natural lavender scent promotes relaxation
  • Removable clothing can be machine washed and even changed to different outfit

Cost: $40 – $45
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Gifts to Enjoy with Your Loved One

Reusable Water Painting: Aquapaint is a unique and reusable painting product for people with dementia. Simply paint water onto the sheets and watch the image appear. As the water dries the image will fade ready to be used time and again, lasting over 1 year with daily use. Each set comes with five different images that have been carefully selected to help start conversation when the painting is complete.

Reusable Water Painting for Alzheimer's Dementia

  • Simply paint water onto the canvas and watch the image magically appear
  • After each use the image will fade back to white to be fully reusable, lasting over 1 year with daily use
  • 5 vibrant reminiscence images are suitable for people with visual impairment and to stimulate memories and conversation

Cost: $20 – $25
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Reminiscence Cards: These cards are ideal for caregivers to use with people with mid-late stage dementia, this activity has been designed to spark conversation around some most-loved memories. To use in a group session, or one to one, simply ask the person to choose a card, then use the questions on the back of the card to initiate interesting conversations.Reminiscence Cards

  • Timeslide images are a great tool to spark memories and conversation
  • Each reminiscence pack contains all the information you need to run a reminiscence session in a group or one to one without any training
  • Reminiscence activities can be a great way to learn more about someone’s life and build stronger relationships

Cost: $17 – $20
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Ungame for Seniors: Take seniors down memory lane with the non-competitive game that encourages conversation and communication. A fun ice-breaker or lead-in to a serious exchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas.Ungame for Seniors with Alzheimer's Dementia

  • Use deck #1 as icebreakers, getting acquainted, fun and laughter
  • Use deck # 2 to share feelings, talk about values and relate experiences.
  • Large print for easier game play. Includes 140 cards. For 2 to 8 people.

Cost: $15 – $20
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