Are you searching for gift ideas for your loved one living with Alzheimer’s, or for his/her caregivers? Caregiver.com has an Alzheimer’s Association article, “Holiday Gift Ideas for People with Alzheimer’s and Their Caregivers.” You can read it here. We were not in a position to buy gifts for personal caregivers; my mother usually gave a gift card to the two aides who alternately cared for my dad and a huge box of chocolates to the nurses for the whole department. But I like all the gift ideas the Caregiver.com article presents. To their suggested books I would add Lori Hogan’s second book for caregivers, Strength for the Moment. My favorite gift idea from the article is self-made coupons for your services and time.
The Caregiver.com article divides gift ideas for your loved ones into categories by stage of the disease’s progression. I most resonate with their music and photo collage suggestions. My father took great pleasure in both. Regarding the scented lotion idea, thumbs up on the lotion, with an additional suggestion to offer to massage it gently into your loved one’s hands and arms. A huge thumbs down, however, on the scented aspect. Chemical fragrances have been shown to cause headaches (in 30% of people) and confusion, so skip the scents, please!
Giving gifts is an act of joy. With these holiday gift ideas and some creative gift ideas of your own, you’ll bring lots of joy this Christmas.