Choosing Appropriate Gifts for Alzheimer’s Patients and Family Caregivers

Choosing Appropriate Gifts for Alzheimer’s Patients and Family Caregivers
'Tis the season of giving, but finding an appropriate and enjoyable gift for the person in your life who has Alzheimer’s disease can leave you in a quandary. Gifting a caregiver isn't quite as challenging, but it also takes some thought. Then again, that’s true regardless of life’s station — it’s the thought that counts. A present, no matter how big or small, or how much it cost, is a demonstration of your thought process. Your loved one or friend receives a beautifully wrapped present, and before even opening and viewing the contents is touched, because it demonstrates that you were thinking of them. It’s a validation. With all the hustle and bustle of your busy life, during a suspended moment in time, your thought process was dedicated to them. “It’s not the gift that counts, but the thought” isn’t something we apply only to presents deemed worthy of regifting. It is an appreciative nod to the giver's consideration and thoughtfulness toward the person who is gifted. Obviously, we all want to present the perfect gift, that "wow" present that floors a friend or family member. However, for those who have Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, it is the thought that counts. They need to know that friends and family members continue to validate their existence beyond the disease and caregiving. Gifts to ponder for people with Alzheimer’s disease Think about the stage of the disease your friend or family member is currently experiencing. You wouldn’t give the same gift to a person in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease as you would to someone in an early stage. In early stage Alzheimer’s, the disease is less noticeable. The person is highly functional, though they’ve been diagnosed with dementia. This individual will enjoy th
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