Written by Active Minds on Tuesday the 13th of December 2016.
Picking the perfect Christmas present for your friends and family can be difficult at the best of times, but finding a gift for someone living with dementia can be complicated.
There are a variety of factors you should consider when picking a present for your loved one. The gift should be appropriate for their stage of dementia as the last thing you want to do is frustrate your loved one by giving them a gift that they cannot use. What hobbies do/did they enjoy? Try to find a gift that relates to this in some way. Whilst food may seem like a great idea, for some people living with dementia eating can be difficult, especially when it comes to swallowing and chewing, so you may want to avoid giving sweets or chocolate. Is the gift practical? Whilst practicality is not a necessity, a gift that can help encourage conversation, develop dexterity or spark memories are always well received.
Here at Active Minds we have a huge range of great Christmas presents for anyone living with dementia:
With a range of different puzzles to suit all stages of dementia, our jigsaw puzzles not only entertain but also help keep minds active as well as sparking memory and conversation – perfect for Christmas Day. When deciding which image to choose, why not think about a hobby that your loved one enjoys. For example, for any keen gardeners, our In The Garden puzzle is the perfect choice.
One of our newest products, our Scentscape range is a fabulous gift for your loved one with mid to late stage dementia. Designed to spark conversation, this unique multi-sensory activity includes four scents, four smelling jars and a 30min CD with specific sounds on a particular theme. Each CD is split into 4 different sections which relate to the four different scents. With 5 different themes, Tool Shed, At The Seaside, At Home, In The Garden and Trains, there’s a Scentscape for everyone.
Painting is an incredibly relaxing and fulfilling pastime for many people, however for someone living with dementia, problems with dexterity can mean that this much loved hobby is often not suitable. However, Aquapaint has been developed to help overcome dexterity issues – a reusable canvas that simply requires a paint brush and water to reveal a beautiful image.
Christmas is a time for games and Animal Bingo is the perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy together. Specially designed for people with dementia who struggle with traditional bingo, the game uses authentic animal audio paired with illustrated pictures to allow those living with later-stage dementia to continue to enjoy their favourite hobby.
At Christmas we spend time with family and friends, often reminiscing about Christmas’s gone-by. However, people with dementia can sometimes feel excluded from these trips down memory lane. Help spark conversation around the Christmas dinner table with your loved one by giving them Reminiscence cards, encouraging them to recall their past and nurture connections across all generations.