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The Right Gift for Dementia Sufferers

Judie Rappaport
November 18, 2014

Gift Giving to Dementia PatientsDear Judie,

"Do you know a good gift for someone who has dementia?"
- Abbey, Hobe Sound


"Four kids and between us we can’t come up with one gift for our parents (89 and 86 years) who insist they don’t want anything---to save our money for our kids. We need ideas."
- Stumped Siblings, Ft. Pierce


"Dad is mom’s caregiver.  We suggested our gift be professional caregiving help, but he won’t let “a stranger” in the house. Now we need help."
- Bob and Darlene, Stuart


Dear Readers: 

Why not give the gifts of thoughtfulness, love, and time?  Use these examples to spark your imagination:  


People with dementia generally loose their short-term memories while they still remember the distant past. Gifts of popular or spiritual music or movies that take them back to a happier, long-ago time (1930/40) often bring great joy. It is not unusual to see people who cannot recognize spouses our children singing the words or humming along to music learned in their youth.  Albums filled with old photos of family members and friends can yield many hours of quiet or cheerful quality time as you enjoy memories with your loved one.   For many other dementia specific gifts, visit


Houses need upkeep.  Even parents who "don't need anything" may welcome gifts of monthly family days (complete with grandchildren) to help with projects that become more difficult as we age. Consider planting and maintaining a garden, exterior/interior painting and repairs, a garage sale, even a thorough spring-cleaning.  Gadgets that help open the tops of pill bottles, jars and ring-top cans are usually welcome (  If special diets are not a problem, why not gift meal delivery? 


Judie Rappaport, President & Founder
Preferred Lifestyle Services

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