Anna Preston
by on October 31, 2018
If your relative is struggling with memory loss, mobility issues or other health problems this will dictate and limit what you can get for them. Generally speaking some of the best gifts you can give are those which remind them of past times and family members and which are easy to handle. A Big Colouring Book Colouring is not just for children anymore. There are lots of colouring books for adults on the market now, some of which will depict certain themes or reflect favourite TV shows and others will be a collection of simple images like flowers or butterflies. Colouring in, providing the book contains no difficult or complicated pictures, is a way to help the person feel calm and relaxed. Give them a set of large, brightly coloured pens or pencils to go with the book. Automatic Pill Dispenser A gift like this, preferably one that has an automated timer built in, is invaluable for dementia sufferers who can easily forget dosages and time spans. A battery operated dispenser which issues alerts when it’s time for a pill protects against accidental overdose or missed doses. It can also be of great assistance to a live-in carer for the same reasons. A Soft Blanket A brightly coloured blanket or throw in luxurious cashmere, fleece, velvet or chenille provides essential sensory stimulation which helps promote calmness and comfort. And of course it helps to keep the recipient warm which is something many elderly people have an issue with. A Twiddle Muff Research has shown that people with dementia or Alzheimer’s have a need to constantly wring their hands and twist their fingers as a sign of anxiety and confusion. Twiddle muffs are usually knitted from wools of different textures and decorated with things like buttons and bows, small soft toys, tassels and pom-poms. A twiddle muff is useful because it gives a sufferer something to do with their hands which helps to calm and soothe them. They are put together exactly like the hand-warming muffs that fashionable ladies used to carry in cold weather. A moderately experienced knitter could make one of these in a weekend. Alternatively, any kind of soft, tactile fidget toy will serve the same purpose. A Doll or Stuffed Toy These may seem like odd things to give an adult but many dementia sufferers find comfort in cuddling a doll or stuffed animal. Give the Gift of Music Music helps people with dementia-related memory loss by stimulating the brain and helping to remember times gone by. It can also help them to re-connect with family and friends in a way that nothing else can. Buy a cheap standalone turntable and scour the internet or vinyl record shops for old albums full of music from their favourite era. Or make up a few mixed CDs with their favourite tunes and present them with a portable CD player. As research by the Live-in Care Hub has found there is as yet no cure for dementia but anything you can do to make it easier for your loved ones to cope with it is welcome.
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