Are you someone whose mum or dad has dementia? If so, you may find it hard to know what to buy them for Christmas. The stores may be full of perfume gift sets or fancy chocolate boxes but these may be received with little or no recognition of what they are.
Instead, why not choose something that may bring a smile or better still, a light of recognition in their eyes? A soft and cosy cushion, printed with vintage images to evoke memories, makes a great gift. Choose from 1950s, 1960s, royalty, girls toys, boys toys or one especially with men in mind. These are ideal to use to encourage conversation and reminiscence.
If your older relative has limited hand movement, why not go for a large piece jigsaw puzzle. Choose from a wide range of puzzles that begin from just 10 chunky pieces through to 250 pieces. All have adult appropriate images that range from pets, landscapes to humorous ones such as our Junk and Disorderly 250 piece puzzle – showing a detailed scene of a second-hand furniture shop.
Many senior ladies with dementia who have brought up their own families can benefit from owning a lifelike baby doll. Our Emily doll is just the right size to cuddle and comes with her own dummy. These dolls can evoke nurturing instincts and are extremely comforting to anyone who suffers from agitation. There is even a pretty rocking cot and vintage-style wicker pram to accompany her as added gifts.
For more details of these and other gift ideas for older relatives with dementia go to www.activitiestoshare.co.uk or phone us on 01227 362858 to order our latest catalogue.