The likelihood of being affected increases significantly with age, and seniors are far more likely to be diagnosed in older age however, this is not always the case. Around two-thirds of Canadian seniors have dementia. Annually around 76,000 new cases of dementia are diagnosed in Canada, which is 14.3 new cases per 1,000 Canadian seniors. There are little things that can be done to support someone with dementia in their everyday life and help them maintain their independence. Take a look at our range of carefully selected gifts for people with dementia and find your perfect present.
When looking for gifts for people with dementia, especially gifts that you intend to be of aid to them with their day to day lives, it is important to understand how the symptoms of dementia are likely to affect them.
In most - if not all - dementia cases, cognitive symptoms will be present. These include day-to-day memory loss, recollection of recent events becomes tricky, even if the past can be described in great detail. Concentration is affected in a number of ways, from planning and organization to struggling with problem-solving, decision making and completing multi-step tasks in sequence, such as preparing dinner. Dementia patients may experience language and conversational setbacks, finding it harder to follow a conversation or not being able to think of the word they're trying to say. Orientation issues can occur, whether that is not keeping up with the day of the week, or what the date is, or becoming confused about where they are. Visuospatial awareness may also become difficult, such as being able to judge distance or see in 3D.
Someone with dementia is highly likely to also experience mood swings or changes to their mood on a more permanent basis. They might become frustrated and irritable or even withdrawn and apathetic. It is not uncommon for dementia patients to experience feeling anxious, getting easily upset or unusually sad either. Some types of dementia cause visual hallucinations and delusions. Behaviors which may seem out of character or unusual could also develop, such as repeating the same question over and over again, or restlessness - most commonly displayed as fidgeting or pacing.
Throughout the later stages of dementia, physical symptoms may also begin to develop. These can include muscle weakness and weight loss as well as changes in both appetite and sleeping pattern. This can make things like maintaining a comfortable and consistent temperature, and intricate tasks such as buttons and zips more difficult. We have a selection of adaptive clothing, with little to no fiddly buttons or zips, that can easily be put on and taken off, all of which can be fully personalized with patterns, photos and designs, to produce something stunning, that you just know they're going to love.
Choosing the right gift can help to support and comfort your loved one. The first step is picking which kind of dementia gift you would like, from clothing to day-to-day items to games and puzzles.
Day to day memory problems are most commonly the first noticeable dementia symptoms with Alzheimer's patients, as well as with some other forms of dementia. Other common signs are struggling to find the right words to use in a conversation, difficulties with problem-solving and decision making and being unable to see in 3D. We have a number of memory-prompting dementia gifts, to remind someone what is each cupboard or drawer, when to take their medications or even what time or what date or day it is. We also have a selection of gifts for people with dementia that are designed to prompt memories and encourage reminiscence like our memory blanket.
Difficulties with problem-solving and planning, as well as quick thinking and concentration are most common with vascular dementia. For those patients we have selected jigsaws, stands for aiding reading and playing with devices and you can even make your own storybook featuring your very own main character. These great gifts for people with dementia are designed to help with things like problem solving and concentration.
Some early-stage symptomology of dementia includes a level of alertness which varies across the course of the day as well as hallucinations, and problems judging distances, particularly with dementia with Lewy bodies. We've chosen a great variety of presents for people with dementia, from blankets and pillows to bathmats and seat pads to help raise someone up or to make them more comfortable in certain seats. We also have mugs, plates, bowls and more made from high quality, shatterproof Stonemax, clothes protectors and so much more. These presents for people with dementia are aimed at making day to day living that little bit easier. With kitchen, dining and seating aids, you can help a dementia patient with their everyday life, in a more personal way.
You may find struggles with speech, fluent conversation and forgetting what some words mean, especially with frontotemporal dementia. Dementia gifts to help with words would be great here, design postcards to use as flashcards, containing the most frequently forgotten words, or create your own story that incorporates those words and uses them in context.
However, personalized gifts can also give emotional comfort. Our customer Pauline selected photo blankets for her mother and mother-in-law, both being dementia patients. She told us that "Conversation is difficult and there is very little they want to do. These blankets are ideal because they are kept with them and the pictures bring back memories not only for them but for us as well. Both blankets are full of THEIR memories not our and it's great reliving the past with them.".
Knowing what we now know about dementia and how it affects those who experience it, we are able to make a more informed decision when it comes to choosing gifts for those with dementia.
What's more, every single one of our gifts is handmade, to order, and can be personalized by you. We believe if you want gifts that mean the world to someone with dementia, then you need to be able to tailor that present to their world.