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Daisy in Apopka, FL
Nov. 6, 2018

Looking for suggestions for gift ideas for early stage dementia? 

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Scrapbook, photo album, anything to help with who people are

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Host Defense Nerve and Memory Lions Mane mushroom supplement capsules.

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User in Saratoga, WY
March 4, 2019

Scrapbooks, memory card games. Do crosswords or read the newspaper together. Anything to keep the mind active.

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Something with color such as Flowers.

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Consider what the person likes to do or might like to do: maybe a jigsaw puzzle that's not too complicated; maybe a book of crossword puzzles in larger print.

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Hello, Here are a few suggestions for gifts: Early Stage Gifts Activity books, like crossword puzzles or strategy games. Classic movies and television shows that can stimulate your loved one. CD's and music that allows your loved one to reminisce. A memorable photo album or calendar that features special family occasions and family photos. A memory phone that can store photos with the contact information and names of your loved one's family and friends. Middle Stage Gifts Erasable whiteboards that highlight key rooms or areas in your loved one's home. A large typed clock that highlights both the date and time. Automatic nightlights that will light for your loved one as soon as it gets dark. An automatic medication dispenser. Simple craft activities that inspire reminiscing. Late Stage Gifts Sensory stimulating gifts can include: A fluffy bathrobe or a soft blanket in a favorite color. Comfortable clothes like sweat suits and shoes with Velcro ties that can make dressing and undressing easier on a loved one. A doll or stuffed animal. Music and CD's those feature songs from your loved one's childhood or teenage years. A location device that can track your loved one, if they become disoriented and wander.

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Having been my fathers primary caretaker in his journey of 7 years from dementia into full blown Alzheimer's that caused his death, I can personally say an invaluable tool/gift is a photo album! As their memory loss increases it is frustrating for them to understand abstract times, places and people. No matter how many times I showed him the photos, he would love to take a walk down memory lane that the photos reminded him of. If he got upset or agitated they seem to calm him down right away. Also a small stuffed animal maybe reminding them of an animal they had, or a friends or their children's pet. My dad at the end believed they were real and we had to feed them and take them out for a walk, it gave him a sense of control in his world and it helped us to get him to remember time as the "doggie" had to be cared for and he helped! Music is also a great gift, a CD or DVD of a musical the enjoyed earlier in life, this has been a proven way to keep them from being lonely and you can always have it playing quietly in the background. I hope these suggestions helped. Good Luck and God Bless with your journey, I am sorry to say it will not be an easy one but it does have it's own rewards that you will remember forever!

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User in Knoxville, TN
Feb. 23, 2019

Things he or she has always been familiar with. A song, a favorite food a picture, an stuffed animal, a color, a fragrance, a movie, a musical. The choices are endless. I hope this helps you,

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large puzzles that they can see and word puzzles long with coloring books

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Anita in Sardis, MS
Feb. 12, 2019

yes you have keep telling them over and over. they can't remember things.

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Any gifts that can trigger memories are great! What was their career? What were their hobbies? Also, studies show and I know this from experience working with Alzheimer's clients, music helps trigger memories. Even with end stage Alzheimer's. A filled up ipod!

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Photo albums of family and friends. From the past and current are good. Soft fuzzy throws and soft loose fitting socks. There is a busy quilt too. It has several different types of things sewn to it. Like buttons, zippers, ties, and very colorful.

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well if it a gentlemen did he have a favorite ball team if so you may get him a hat or tee shirt or ask a family member what were some of his likes and dis likes i had a client i knew he liked the Atlanta Falcon and i got him a blanked for his bed and he loved it to,and if a Lady do the same for her just find out what will make her happy does she like maybe a pair of bed room slippers or pajamas or sweater or house dress i don't how active they are but something to think about,Good luck

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Beth in Peyton, CO
Feb. 2, 2019

colorful large puzzles. large print picture books.

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Anything colorful and fun. Anything of memory such as a photo of loved ones, family, mother, and father and so on. Desserts!

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I have an in-law who was diagnosed 2 years ago with senile dementia and we had the same question. We purchased several things but found that the thing she loved the most was a video we put together of interviews with loved ones intermixed with pictures of all her family. She watches it several times a week now and still giggles when they call her name.

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It's really no different than getting a gift for someone who doesn't have dementia, see what that person likes or what they don't have and might need.

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Sonny in El Cajon, CA
Jan. 29, 2019

EXERCISE AT LEAST 45 MINUTES/ 5 TIMES A WEEK, EAT HEALTHY ( VEGETABLES 4 TIMES A DAY, FRUITS 3 TIMES A DAY, WELL BALANCE DIET( CARBS, PROTEINS( FISH IS ONE OF THE BEST SOURCES),VEGGIES, FRUITS, LOW FAT, EVERY MEAL( AGAIN IT DEPENDS IF THE PERSON DOESNT HAVE ANY CHRONIC DISEASE, SUCH AS DIABETES, HYPERTENSION, CARDIAC, RENAL) , GET SOCIALIZE, PLAY GAMES WITH OTHERS. KEEP THE PERSON BUSY AND SLEEP WELL.

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Carole in Jamaica, NY
Jan. 27, 2019

No! I'm not allow to give or take any gift!

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Miriam in Slidell, LA
Jan. 26, 2019

You just need to give them plenty attention and love. Thanks, Miriam Pic

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Jen in Biddeford, ME
Jan. 25, 2019

Puzzles, or coloring books.

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Puzzle books, coloring books to keep their minds active.

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User in Tampa, FL
Jan. 21, 2019

any memory game, adult coloring books, paint set, anything to help keep motor skills moving and mind active.

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They always love a baby doll or some type if security that comforts them.

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Rosa in Pearland, TX
Jan. 16, 2019

an album of old friends, Music from their time. Hugs and kisses all the time.

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April in Houston, TX
Jan. 14, 2019

Wooden Tangram Puzzle, Extra large impaired vision digital clock has date and time, Joggin Your Noggin: fun and challenging word games for seniors on Amazon

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Good gift ideas are ones that harken to their earlier years and can stimulate those memories. Classic movies, music that they have enjoyed longterm, a photo calendar, adult coloring books for relaxation, a yummy throw in their favorite color... these are just a few ideas. Hope this helps!

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Easy games and books.

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Avery in Spokane, WA
Jan. 9, 2019

One thing I have noticed to be of help is a digital clock with large numbers that also displays the date. My previous clients who had dementia often got frustrated when they didn't know what day it was. This solved that. Another suggestion is a nice journal. Many healthcare professionals advise daily journaling to help slow the progression of dementia. Challenging yourself to remember dates, people, details, it can help your loved one hold onto those memories for longer.

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Puzzle games, word games, match games are good for early stage dementia. Music is also soothing and comforting.

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Puzzles , word search books in large print.

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Laura in Preston, OK
Dec. 20, 2018

Simple puzzles or board games Make a memory box Memory loss digital calendar/clock Adult coloring book and colored pencils Blankets Music LED lighted sensory stimulated gifts Favorite foods Soft easy to wear clothes

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Puzzle books! Anything they can put together, it's healthy for them to work their minds. Pintrest is an amazing place to find great ideas!

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No you should never accept a gift from a Dementia Patient

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a photo book that could bring back memories.

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Memory games, photos

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User in Bedford, TX
Dec. 11, 2018

Create a picture album of all the things he/she loves - for example, if he is a retired bus driver: find/cut out pics of the cities he loves the best, the weather from his eye's view, vintage buses, family members he adore, his grand/great grandbabies, his favorite food, everything that will put a smile on his face. Do your homework first

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Activity books, like crossword puzzles or strategy games.

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Puzzles or games that work with brain are a good choice to keeping their brain strong.

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Damaris in Anoka, MN
Nov. 28, 2018

Very person is different with demetia. Patience is the key,and assist your loved one to enjoy his/her moment during this process which is frusting due to memory change.

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Marva in Greer, SC
Nov. 28, 2018

HELLO BEING PATIENT IS ONE START AND TAKE A CLASS ON DIFFERENT MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND YOU WILL UNDERSTAND HOW TO COPE WITH THEIR PROBLEMS

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User in Henderson, NV
Nov. 28, 2018

Just keep am eye on that person Its change everyday.It a bad disease and get worse everyday.

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Photo albums of memorable pictures and life events.

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Celeste in Norton, MA
Nov. 22, 2018

Family photographs transferred onto blankets, pillows, etc. is a great gift for those with the early stages of dementia. As dementia progresses, the person's "data-bank" of long term memories gets harder to access. I have found that family photos of an event or person often triggers the memory associated with it.

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Alice in Craig, CO
Nov. 20, 2018

Early stage dementia gift I found 2 bluebirds perched on a tree limb and when it was touched by a finger the birds would chirp a song, mattress pad alarm, door chimes to alert you, sensor lights for rooms they enter including bathroom, eyeglass holder ,jewelry box with cheap jewelry, bathing basket, house shoes with house coat

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Anything they can relate to DAILY

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a day and night clock with the date

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Comfortable clothes like sweat suits and shoes with Velcro ties that makes dressing and undressing easier on a loved one.CD's that feature songs from your loved one's childhood or teenage years.

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very complicated stage. difficult to notice at first.

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a puzzle of no more of 250 pieces

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User in Pinnacle, NC
Nov. 15, 2018

For women with dementia,a baby doll is a good gift.

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Kathy in Nashua, NH
Nov. 15, 2018

A gift of your time is always the best but for gift opening ideas think in terms of what they need. A fluffy robe or blanket is always good, a stuffed animal or doll depending on stage of dementia. Color crayons and coloring books but if likely to eat the crayons then must supervise. Large size picture animal books. Safe foods and candies. Foods that you remember from their past is great. Things they like and have taste buds for. Toiletries, body creams are always good if needed and if they will be supervised.

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Probably something special they can use and still associate with pleasure. Like a really expensive nice bar of soap or comfy cozy sweater or sweatshirt. A blanket. :)

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A photo book with enlarged photos of family and close friends.

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word search booklets

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Something from their past; a special photo of loved ones; memorabilia from a favorite team or hobby. Something that will bring forth a special memory.

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When my Mother was in the early stages of Alzheimer's/Dementia I chose some of the favorite things that she adored before the onset of the disease. Such as scarfs, warm socks and blankets, and also figurines. In addition, I chose bright colors to add a cheery mood.

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Stephanie Scott
Nov. 14, 2018

Christmas Music

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pictures of family members with names

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A Photo Collage of Family and Friends Framed to hang on the wall with Family and Friends names printed clearly at their photo. Also, a Framed Collage of Favorite Places visited or Vacations taken with a short description and the year it was taken. Great for keeping memories sharp. Or if that's not a viable option take copies of favorite photos two copies each and place upside down and play a game of memory with photos of things remembered

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I have found that easy-on, easy-off clothing is helpful for maintaining their dignity and ease for the caregivers/family, as well. In other words, elastic waist pull on pants or skirts help them dress themselves and also minimize the appearance of something being on backwards that would normally embarrass them. One of my smaller ladies changed to pretty undershirts to accommodate the difficulties of putting on a bra. Also, shoes and other items with velcro made dressing easier for everyone--still attractive, but easier. Music of any sort that they have enjoyed can bring back good memories while encouraging that area of the brain to continue to process information. You just have to figure out what vehicle of music works for them if they control the function (radio, CDs, etc.).

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Creating family photo albums, jigsaw puzzles, music player, tablet for Seniors, magic painting book, favorite dvds, one button radio, paint with watercolors, day clock, memory training game and much much more.

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Puzzles, Fantail Goldfish, Music.

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Puzzles,coloring book,digital pictures

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Guranda in Edison, NJ
Nov. 13, 2018

PHOTO ALBOM, WITH FAMILY PICTURES.

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Photo book with information about picture underneath this will help keep that memory straight for them as long as possible :)

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User in Plano, TX
Nov. 13, 2018

You can give them puzzles, books and let them hear music, DVDs with children singing in the dvd.

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Adult Coloring Books make a great gift and assists in creating individual creativity as well as total independence with this activity. Promotes self pride and accomplishment as well

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Terri in Pinole, CA
Nov. 12, 2018

An Ipad filled with family memories. Especially the "good old days." The gift of your time. Take them out and make them feel special.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE AND FAMILY

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old movies and songs

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Ashley in Ottawa, IL
Nov. 12, 2018

I have found a great theraputic tool for those suffering from dementia is music. Finding something that they can relate to and bring them back to a time that is uplifting can make their day a little brighter.

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I would gift old photographs of the client's life. So many times clients can remember things in the past but they don't remember things they have done five minutes ago. Make it fun for whomever and include things that they like as flowers, photos of places they have traveled too. I would also give them some type of daytimer so they can follow instructions for things that are needed like medications, appointments, scheduled meals. This is helpful so they can check off things and task they have completed. Thanks!

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Nancy in La Mesa, CA
Nov. 12, 2018

Simple puzzles. Connect Four game.

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A memory box

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Sharon in Allen, TX
Nov. 12, 2018

coloring books for adults.

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Puzzles, Scrabble and photo card games are highly recommended.

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Create a photo album of all their early years, for example photos of when they were younger, photos of their accomplishments, grandkids, kids pets, old friends or create a CD of their favorite music memories of old songs triggers memories and reminders of things in the past. Persons with dementia have trouble remembering just give them things that will trigger that forgotten moment.

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A TRACKING DEVICE A BIG CALENDAR WITH A BLACK SHARPIE PHOTOGRAPHS

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Tops without buttons on them. Elastic waist pants Small size puzzles Card games like GO FISH, ETC.

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Ellen in Wheaton, IL
Nov. 11, 2018

One of my favorite gift for a person with dementia is a carefully designed photo book. For a person with early dementia, a photo book with the names of the person identified on the page is great. (Just add text boxes with names to the photo. Remember to name the people in the photo from the Senior's point of view.) For a person with mild to advanced dementia the photo book is very helpful. Caregivers can use it for calming and for reminiscence activities. For these later stages, labeling photos in 1st person from the seniors point of view is useful. i.e.: My wife June, My children Jim Jr. and Suzie, My wedding day, April 2, 1955, to my wife June.).

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Smile, touch, talking about family. hug, have a cat or family pictures...

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Lisa in Salem, VA
Nov. 11, 2018

Activity books or puzzles.

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During this stage and further stages, my grandmother loved seeing babies & puppies/kittens. She also loved hearing a baby's deep laugh. So I would find videos (Elmo & Babies, small animals, etc.) and plug them in especially during frustrating confusion. Also the affordable baby dolls/stuffed animals (I found them at Walmart yrs ago) that you squeeze and they have the best baby giggling sounds. My uncle now has dementia & has oddly taken a love to planting outside. Music seems to be memory trigger for some. Do they have songs/music they have loved or even that they loved from their past (Cd's, downloads of that). Do/did they like to read (books/bible on 'tape' perhaps). Photo albums with pics they may not already have or repeats of what they do (you can have books made now through Shutterfly & such with your choice of pics & words especially for the individual). Blessings!

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games that require manual dexterity, Jenga, puzzles, word games all help stimulate the person.

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Lisa in Nashville, TN
Nov. 11, 2018

A fleece blanket with family photos printed on it, available to order online.

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User in Cornelius, NC
Nov. 10, 2018

Puzzles. Music from their era.

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Dementia is a very complicated disease however as a caregiver or family member you have to understand it is harder on them because they are experiencing a change they don't understand. I as a caregiver have always said you just have to make the best of situation and your loved one has to know that you understand and it is ok. The biggest thing that I tell people is never correct just go with what they say and do and enjoy your time with them! I try and make my patients smile and laugh everyday!

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Robyn in McLean, VA
Nov. 10, 2018

Hand lotions with a scent that is of importance to them and brings back memories ( Lilly of the valley, lavender etc) Warm sock or slippers with traction/non skid or slipping support Weighted blankets- Wonderful support for those with dementia Earphone and an iPod with sound reducing noise to use when things are chaotic around them and with songs and music that is their favorite! Adult color books with pencils or crayons

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User in Chicago, IL
Nov. 10, 2018

A soft toy, maybe furry cat, dog toy ?

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Karen in Clermont, FL
Nov. 10, 2018

A large print clock, time, day of week, date, year. Time is number one question in my many years of caregiving.

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Puzzle books like search words. Spending time talking with them. A busy blanket.

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Word search puzzles, connect the dots, coloring books.

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User in Lexington, KY
Nov. 10, 2018

A bedside motion detector is a good idea. I like Decades of Memories which are Memory Cards of the 40's, 50's and 60's. For a daily calendar you can't beat Kathryn Kilpatrick's "A Daily Reminisence Calendar".

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The new coloring books.They are great for early dementia patients.

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Large Crossword Puzzle Book

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CBD oil [patches]

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