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Holiday gift ideas for dementia caregivers

We could all use some good cheer and a thoughtful gesture after such a challenging year. It you are looking to get a gift for a dementia caregiver, here are a few ideas.

Self-care: Family caregivers are notoriously bad about taking care of their own needs, but caregiver burnout puts everyone at risk. Caregivers are often short on alone time, so take that into consideration when choosing gifts. A candle with a soothing scent, calming tea, music to lift the spirits, a book of daily inspirational posts —choose something that will allow a caregiver to enjoy a momentary respite even while they are isolating at home with their loved one. Take a look at my CBD gift guide for other self-care gift ideas.

Homemade gifts: Whether it’s a favorite dish, a knitted item, a phone call or a handwritten card, showing you care in your own special way makes for a thoughtful gift. Family caregivers, especially of those with dementia, often feel isolated as friends drift away, uncertain how to navigate cognitive impairment. Simply reaching out with a small token of affection is worth more than you can imagine.

Helping hand: If you are a handy person, consider offering your services to repair something in or around the caregiver’s home (of course taking precautions due to the pandemic.) Or consider a subscription to a meal delivery service, or a gift certificate for grocery delivery or delivery from their favorite restaurant. Anything that will ease the burden of maintaining the household will be appreciated.

Genealogy: Some people with dementia remember the past better than the present. A gift for a genealogy service or scrapbooking materials for those who are not digitally inclined can be a gift for both the dementia caregiver and the loved ones they care for. Capturing those family memories is priceless. Gathering old photos and assembling them while remembering family stories can be a wonderful bonding activity. I find both the online services and scrapbooking to be enjoyable. This is also a good project to do while housebound due to the pandemic and/or inclement weather.

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Bringing cheer to loved ones who are ill

And now for a shameless plug. I submitted a story about taking care of my mom when she was in the hospital to an online callout from an author. My story was accepted and the book has been released. The book’s title is “101 Awesome Things to Do for Someone Who’s Sick” by Elaine Wilkes, PhD. It’s a collection of sweet, fun or thoughtful things you can do for someone who is ill. The Kindle edition of the book is only 99 cents through 10.22.13.


My entry is titled “Find Something to Entertain Them” and it’s on page 217-218. It’s about the joy that a talking parrot toy brought my mom while she was recovering from cancer surgery last year. As I’ve written before, Polly the Parrot also brightened up my Dad’s spirit while he battled Alzheimer’s.

I don’t make any profit from the book but I just want to pass the info along because I think it might be of interest to those who follow this blog. It would also make an ideal gift for a caregiver. I haven’t had the chance to read through all of the ideas yet, but so far I have been amazed by people’s kind-hearted gestures.

I would love to hear the kind gestures you have performed for a loved one who is ill!


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