It’s that time of year again… what do we get our loved ones for Christmas? Thinking of Christmas presents for family and friends can be difficult at the best of times. When a loved one is living with dementia, this can increase the challenge.
Below we’ve listed a few good gift options for people living with dementia:
Simple mobile phone
For someone living with dementia, mobile phones can be difficult to use and therefore keeping in contact can be challenging. However, there is more a range of dementia-friendly mobile phones on the market, which are designed to be simple and easy to use. Many such phones are also designed to consider people with low vision.
A memory calendar is a simplified calendar which enables notes to be added to each day, usually used to remind the user of the importance of particular dates. This can be a nice idea for someone with dementia as these notes may bring back cherished memories that have become difficult to access.
When living with dementia, it can become difficult to remember what day it is and regular tasks such as taking medication can be forgotten. A reminder clock can help to prompt the person as to when particular tasks need to be completed. Generally, reminder clocks have very simple screens that show clearly the day.
For more gift ideas for people with dementia, we recommend looking at the Alzheimer’s Society UK shop. 100% of profits from their shop go towards supporting people affected by dementia. Alzheimer’s Society UK have their very own line of products designed for people living with dementia. These products are designed to be easier for people with dementia to use and / or relieve symptoms such as anxiety. All of the products sold in their online shop have been tested by people with dementia.