Once again I would like to give a warm welcome to Erica Silva with one of her amazing guest posts. It’s Mother’s Day once again and if you haven’t bought a terrific gift for your mom yet try some of these fabulous ideas for our dementia loved ones.
Research and innovation have given us the opportunity to create special products for our elderly patients with respect to their medical or physical conditions. It is heartwarming to think that there are amazing gifts available in the market that can bring some sort of joy and happiness to our parents who are going through a rough time. There are numerous websites available on the internet through which you can purchase a range of products for your mother on this special day. Throw in a card or a flower maybe?
Don’t try to limit your choice by thinking that your mother won’t be able to use most of the things that you decide to get her. Luckily, the choices are pretty diverse. You can find anything from therapeutic materials to easily changeable fashion garments online. Make sure that anything you choose (even if it isn’t a special dementia patient product) something that is not complex and has an extremely simple functionality so that it is fully useful for the receiver. More information about caring for dementia patients available here.
Here is a list of gifts you can for upcoming Mother’s Day:
Most of the gifts targeted for dementia patients revolve around the deadliest symptom – memory loss. The main idea behind a voice-controlled alarm clock is that it provides a nice recorded message every time your mother wakes up from a nap. You can set up the alarm clock traditionally according to her schedule and record in a message which reminds her exactly what to do at that time. This way she will be able to remember to complete her daily important tasks even if you are not around to remind her.
Research highlights that idle brains can be a cause of dementia maybe even an early on-set one. Which is why brain simulation is necessary. Therapeutic DVDs allow the patients to stimulate their brain activity as well as feel relaxed. They are a way for our eyes to understand information and take it to our brain to process. This way the mind of the patient doesn’t remain idle, thus, it is called a therapeutic process. These DVDs always have very relaxing content such as kittens playing or cute fish in an aquarium. It really helps in memory formation as well as in reminiscing.
Activity books play a huge part in seniors suffering through Dementia or Alzheimer’s. By doing the exercises in an activity book, their brain cells start to stimulates as they put some pressure on their memory in trying to remember it or to develop some interest in it. These activity books help them to gain back their confidence which is essential for them to live their life as normally as possible even with this incurable disease. In recent researches, behavior management is also suggested for dementia patients as a way of slowing their disease progression. There are a variety of activity books for the elders such as Keeping Busy, written by James Dowling. He describes several types of activities that are designed to bring meaning and enjoyment to a person life while suffering from dementia.
Digital Calendar Day Clock has a unique ‘High Resolution’ digital system. It spells out the entire spelling of the day of the week, month and date in large, bold letters with no confusing abbreviations. Some of its vital features include accurate time and date in large letters and the fact that it comes in 8 different languages. This clock is specially made for seniors suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s as it is ideal for them considering their age, they can’t see properly nor can they remember. This is where the clock comes in handy, it’s large, bold and its non-glare display is invaluable for the visually impaired and the elderly as they can see the clock from across the room.
Picture phones are designed for those people who are in the early stages of Dementia or Alzheimer’s. At this stage, they have just begun to forget the numbers and need some assistance in remembering who they are calling. Picture phones are a great help as they have pictures of their loved ones along with actual digits. You can cut out pictures of their contacts and insert them in the given slots for your patient. Whenever your patient wants to contact someone, all they have to do is pick up the receiver and press the button of the desired person. Brilliant!