Gift Ideas for someone with Alzheimer's Disease

    • Visits: Make regular visits to the family that is caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Hugs: People with Alzheimer’s disease miss being touched. Be generous with hugs – for the caregiver also.
    • Music: Tapes, music boxes
    • Books and magazines: with lots of colorful pictures and old familiar scenes.
    • Photo albums: Enlarged pictures of early days.

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  • Movies: Videos/CDs of 40’s through 80’s.
  • Food: Fresh fruit, cookies, ice cream, frozen meals or home cooked meals that can be frozen and used later.
  • Clothes: Comfortable sweaters, “warm-up” suits, jackets with Velcro fastening.
  • Grooming products: skin lotion, hair products, after shave. Find out favorite fragrances.
  • Gift certificates: for beautician, pedicurist, or barber, favorite restaurant, house cleaning service, cleaners, to a play or movie for the caregiver.
  • Respite: Offer respite to caregiver.
  • Assist with errands: Offer to do grocery shopping, post office.
  • Night Light
  • Electric Razor
  • Talking watch or clock

Edited from the Caregiver Newsletter of the
Duke Family Support Program, Fall, 1993.