Giving gifts for someone with Dementia is hard and presents a unique challenge. Dementia changes a person. The things your loved one once enjoyed now just bring them confusion and sometimes even emotional pain. What gifts can you give to someone with Dementia?
Including your loved one initially seems stressful. You don’t know what to expect from them. Will they really enjoy themselves? Is this just wasted effort? Will including them bring me more stress and ruin my holiday season? What’s important is that you show them through your efforts that they are still important.
When keeping your elderly loved one involved in the holiday season, it’s important to remember that your plans don’t have to be elaborate, expensive, or exciting. Your goal is to make memories with your elderly loved one not for them.
We hear a lot these days about making choices and how they’re our choices to make. Our society likes the idea of us making a choice for ourselves while our friends and family do nothing but applaud our individuality. Everyday however, caregivers are experiencing the backlash of our parents’ and loved ones’ individual lifestyle choices.
As an adult I know I can eat whatever I want but I also know that choices come with consequences. But what happens to our loved one’s that are no longer aware of the consequences of their choices? What happens to those that live in the moment with very little thought about future repercussions?