Get the perfect holiday gifts for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia

We’ve chosen 31 of the best gifts that are perfect for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia. There are ideas for people at all levels of cognitive ability.

We’ve got fun and engaging games, gifts that comfort anxiety and soothe agitation, and activities that give a sense of accomplishment.

We bet there’s something here that your older adult will love!

5 specially designed puzzles that are fun for everyone

1) $6 Grandma & Grandpa’s Word Searches

27 simple word searches for those with cognitive impairment
Large print
No diagonal hidden words

2) $10 Melissa and Doug Tools Wooden Chunky Puzzle (7 pieces)

7-piece puzzle
Has a variety of chunky, easy-to-grasp tool shapes

3) From $13 Springbok Puzzles to Remember

36 piece jigsaw puzzles
Designed for people with dementia
Large pieces are easier to grip and see
Pictures are lovely, vibrant, and artistic – not childish

4) From $17 Vintage Saturday Evening Post 6-piece or 12-piece puzzles

Lovely replicas of vintage prints from the Saturday Evening Post magazine – a staple in many households when seniors were young

5) $28 Portrait Puzzles custom photo puzzle

15 piece custom jigsaw puzzle
Designed for people with disabilities
Use any photo – your older adult’s favorite family memory, nature scene, or vacation spot

5 activities that give a sense of accomplishment

1) $11 Melissa & Doug wooden lacing beads set

Large wooden beads with oversized holes are perfect for lacing
Includes 30 brightly colored wooden beads with in different shapes and 2 colorful lacing strings
Tip: Get colorful shoelaces if you need more lacing strings

2) $12 Melissa & Doug wooden 24-piece tool box kit

24-piece set includes wooden tools, nails, screws, nuts, and bolts.

3) $18 Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards

Fun shapes can be used a variety of ways
Use the included boards to create colorful pictures, make free form shapes, or trace shapes on paper

4) $22 Plastic nuts & bolts set with 64 pieces

Brightly colored plastic nuts and bolts in 8 shapes and 4 colors
Hours of safe fun – attach and detach the nuts and bolts or sort by color or shape

5) $23 Melissa & Doug Latches Board

Well-crafted board has brightly colored and has polished metal locks, latches, and clasps
Each door opens to has a fun picture

5 gifts that comfort and soothe seniors who are anxious or fidgety

1) $8 Tangle Jr. Fuzzy

18 fuzzy linked pieces are satisfying to hold, twist, and turn

2) $8 Spiky massage ball

Ball is 3″ in diameter
Gently spiky outer layer gives a massage effect

3) From $39 Fidget quilts and soft items

Comforting and give nervous hands something safe to fiddle with
$39 Sensory activity apron
From $55 Handmade fidget quilts
$50 Twiddle Cat or Dog
$59 Activity pillow

4) From $45 Custom photo blankets

Seniors can stay warm and cozy while looking at a favorite family photo
From $45 Walmart custom photo blankets
From $70 Shutterfly custom photo blankets

5) From $73 Weighted blankets and lap pads

$73 YnM Weighted Blanket – 15 lbs, 48 x 72 inches
$88 Sivio Weighted Blanket – 20 lbs, 60 x 80 inches
$95 Good Knight Weighted Blanket – 20 lbs, 60 x 80 inches

4 gifts that seniors can cuddle and care for

1) $29 My Little Puppy singing plush puppy

Soft, cuddly puppy is 10″ tall
Sings “If You’re Happy And You Know It.”
The best part? It claps hands and ears along with the song!

2) From $60 Joy for All Pet Companion robotic cat or dog

Lifelike and engaging as well as cute and cuddly soft
It can purr, meow, move, and respond in realistic ways when petted or hugged
Battery powered
Find out more in our review

3) From $20 Therapy dolls

Help seniors feel useful and needed and give them something positive to focus on
Bring back happy memories of early parenthood for both women and men
Ease feelings of isolation and sadness because they have someone to care for
Find out more about the positive effect of therapy dolls for dementia
$20 My Sweet Love 18 inch Doll with Diaper Bag & Accessories – fair skin
$20 My Sweet Love 3-piece Interactive Baby Doll Set (16 inches) in fair skin or deep skin – moves, giggles, and makes sucking noises when fed a bottle
$20 La Baby doll (16 inches tall) – hispanic
$30 Lots to Cuddle doll (20 inches tall) – caucasian
$30 Lots to Cuddle doll (20 inches tall) – african american
$30 Lots to Cuddle doll (20 inches tall) – asian
$32 Believable Babies Unisex baby doll (16 inches tall) – fair skin
$32 Believable Babies Unisex baby doll (16 inches tall) – deep skin

4) Stuffed animals

Cuddly stuffed animals like these give comfort and can become a pet or companion
We especially love this puppy, this bear, and this cat

5 entertaining picture books that bring back the joy of reading

1) From $13 Dog or Cat picture books

Hardcover books with thick, easy-to-turn pages
Each book has large beautiful pictures of all kinds of dogs or cats
Realistic illustrations

2) From $16 DIY custom photo storybook

Create a custom photo book and add text to tell a simple story
Use photos of people, places, things, hobbies, or activities that have special meaning to create a book they’ll love to flip through

3) $16 Blue Sky, White Clouds: A Book for Memory-Challenged Adults

A simple, adult picture book with beautiful, realistic photographs and large, easy-to-read captions

4) From $20 Simple Pleasures for Special Seniors books

4 books in the series: Fruits, Fun Foods, Hand Tools, and Life In The US Military
Each book has large and colorful photos of everyday objects
Realistic illustrations

5) From $22 Two-Lap Books: Read-Aloud Books for Memory-Challenged Adults

These books encourage shared reading, reminiscence, and conversation through large, simple text and colorful illustrations about universally appealing activities
$22 The Sunshine on My Face
$23 Wishing On a Star

6 practical gifts that make life easier

1) Specialized clothing for dementia needs

Prevent spontaneous undressing with stylish back-zip jumpsuits (some even look like 2 piece outfits) – for women and men
Make dressing easier with soft fabrics and easy-to-use Velcro, snap, and zip closures – for women and men
Practical, stylish, and comfortable

2) $18 Jumbo Large Print 2019 Wall Calendar

Being able to keep track of time and date decreases confusion and helps seniors stay oriented and engaged with the world
This jumbo calendar (17 x 22 inches) is easy to see and understand and has plenty of space for making notes about appointments or special events

3) $37 Deluxe 5-piece Redware Dining Set

In Alzheimer’s patients, red color dining ware is found to increase food intake by 24% and liquid intake by 84%
This set includes cup, inner lip plate, partitioned plate with lid, and adaptive grip fork and spoon

4) $46 American Lifetime Extra Large Digital Day Clock

Being able to keep track of time and date decreases confusion and helps seniors stay oriented and engaged with the world
This clock clearly spells out the time, period of the day, full day of the week, month and date
The display has large, clear letters with no confusing abbreviations
The words dementia, Alzheimer’s, and memory loss are intentionally excluded from the packaging, making it a great gift

5) $110 Eatwell Assistive Tableware Set, 8 Piece

Award-winning assistive tableware set for users with cognitive, motor and physical impairments
Designed to increase appetite and reduce visual confusion
Encourages independent eating and reduces the burden on caregivers
Added stability helps prevent spills and dropped foods
Find out more about this set

6) $110 Large Retro Style One Button Dementia Radio

This AM/FM radio is specially designed to be completely controlled by one button
Remove the front panel to select the preferred AM or FM station and set the volume.
Remove and store the control knob and store it in the rear compartment to prevent adjustment
Once the initial set up has been completed, the user simply pushes the button to turn the radio on and pushes the same button to turn the radio off.
Music can also be downloaded and played using a USB memory stick (MP3 format only). When using a USB stick, the front cover panel will remain off.

1 innovative technology gift that makes life better

1) $50 Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation) or $100 Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)

Echo gives your older adult someone else to talk so you can get a break
Instantly answers questions, like “what day is it?” or “what time is it?” and will never get annoyed or frustrated
Plays music, tells time and weather, looks up information, and more
It can’t completely replace human touch or real conversation, but it often does feel like a helpful friend
Find out why a dementia patient and advocate loves his Echo

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