Buying a Christmas gift for someone with dementia isn’t always easy, and you might worry about what an appropriate, enjoyable present looks like. While it is important to remember that someone with dementia is the same person they’ve always been, with the same likes and dislikes, there are also some things they might need some help with. That’s why we’ve made this gift guide full of suggestions for presents that will bring a smile to their face as well as make their journey a little easier.
We can all lose track of time around Christmas, but it can be especially difficult for people living with dementia to stay oriented, and reading clock faces can become a challenge. Our new Reminder Day Clock is designed to be clear and easy to see, and includes 20 pre-set reminders for keeping routine. There’s even an adjustable face that can say as much or as little as necessary for the user, meaning it can adapt with them on their journey.
If a person in your life has been having difficulty keeping up with appointments, help them stay organised during the festive period and beyond with the Live Better With Reminder Day Clock. Whatever stage they are at on their journey, independence and reassurance can be regained with the help of this truly customisable, easy to use day clock.
We all know how great it feels when we hear our favourite Christmas hits, and for people living with dementia music still has a powerful influence. Favourite songs have often been found to unlock old memories and emotions even at the later stages of a person’s journey. That’s why the Unforgettable Music Player & Digital Radio makes a great gift for anyone.
The large, coloured buttons and simple display screen mean this radio player is much easier to use than many on the market. The interface can even be adapted so that it can be operated using only one button, avoiding confusion and ensuring those festive jingles can be enjoyed independently for as long as possible.
Your Unforgettable Life Story Book
Christmas is often a time for reflecting on the past and remembering old experiences with loved ones. While people living with dementia may struggle to remember certain things, they can often vividly recall events from their past. This book is filled with memory prompt cards that include questions for you to fill out and enjoy reminiscing together.
Remembering past experiences can provide great joy and solace for everyone involved, and can be especially useful for boosting mood with people with dementia. This book can provide a useful tool for documenting the times you and a loved one have spent together, now and for all of their Christmases to come.
Active Minds Jigsaw Puzzles have been specially designed to be fun, easy to see and not too challenging. They make a great activity for boosting mood, and the pictures have been selected to stimulate conversation and nostalgia. The pieces are made of a durable, wipe-clean plastic and each set comes with a frame box to help you get started.
We all love doing activities together at Christmas, but for people living with dementia it can sometimes feel hard to keep up. Active Minds Jigsaw Puzzles create a fun experience for everyone to enjoy with their vibrant, fun and memory inspiring pictures.
They aren’t just for Christmas! Joy For All have created a realistic companion cat to give those living with dementia the comfort and enjoyment of petting a loving animal with no risks or difficulties. The true to life purring, cat-like movements and soft fur make the Joy For All Cat a pleasure to play with.
Many people living with dementia experience behavioural changes, confusion and stress. Providing comfort at these times can prove difficult, and a companion cat makes an excellent addition to the techniques you can try. Like with any pet, the whole family can benefit from a furry friend this Christmas.
We hope this article has given you the inspiration you need, and that you can find the perfect present for your loved one. If you’d like to see some more gift ideas, browse our dementia gifts section or ask the Live Better With Dementia Support Group.