Posted .February 20, 2016
Adult children who are taking care of their aging parents may find themselves struggling when trying to pick out a small gift for their loved ones. When fishing rods or cookbooks used to be a favorite gift, it is common for these things to become impractical for seniors, especially those dealing with dementia. So what do you get your loved ones when you don’t know what to get? Here are a few tips:
In the beginning stages, small gifts like sticky notes that stick to the fridge, a photo calendar to hang in there house with important family birthdays and events already added, or a small pocket sized notebook can be useful things that they will be able to use every day. Clocks with the date and time in big numbers can be helpful for people with failing eyesight, and some clocks can even read the time out loud when a button is pushed. Gifts that keep your loved one active and engaged, like tickets to a movie or a play are usually a big hit as well.
In the later stages of dementia, practical gifts that stimulate the five senses can help with memory loss. Scented candles or lotions in a smell that is familiar and pleasant to them or a CD of favorite songs can be helpful in stimulating their mind and improving their recall abilities. Practical clothing items, like warm socks or sweatpants can always be put to good use, and photo collages, picture frames and photo albums are always a sure way to touch the heart of the person you love. Sometimes, in their old age, people have had enough ‘stuff’ and just want to spend their time surrounded by the priceless things; family and friends and memories.
Giving your loved one a special gift that is practical, easy to use and helpful can be an excellent way of showing them how much you care about them and how much you appreciate all you’ve done for them. Of course, the greatest gift you can give them is your time, your love, and your attention. Everything else is just a bonus.