33+ Helpful Gift Ideas for Someone with Early Dementia

Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®

People with early dementia will usually have their regular memory with occasional lapses or it might take them longer to recall memories. Here are some gifts for people with early dementia to help make their daily lives a little easier.

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People with early dementia will usually have their regular memory with occasional lapses or it might take them longer to recall memories. Here are some gifts for people with early dementia to help make their daily lives a little easier.

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The signs of early dementia are pretty common.

Your loved one forgets where he/she put their keys or glasses, cannot recognize people in family photos, and similar other things.

If you have a member in your house who has dementia, you should think before buying gifts for them this season. Try to choose gifts that will help them jog back their memories.

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Ideal Gift Idea for Someone with Early Dementia

Magnetic Dry Erase Whiteboard Sheet | Amazon.com

Magnetic dry erase boards can help during the early stages of dementia. The goal during the early stages of dementia is to aid in memory with things like notes and reminders. Put one in each room so that there is always a reminder or a space for notes, when needed. This magnetic dry erase board has multiple uses: write down grocery items, appointments, upcoming birthdays, etc. It comes with and eraser and multiple colored markers plus the whole thing sticks right to the refrigerator.

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Raz Mobility Easy-to-use Memory Cell Phone for Seniors

raz memory cell phone

This easy to use cell phone for seniors features photo dialing, an emergency button, and displays the time, remaining batter, and signal strength. And, that’s it! Plus caregivers can manage and control the phone settings through a simple portal.

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Water Generating Dewplanter by Brookstone

Water Generating Dewplanter

A great gift for forgetful gardeners, this planter waters itself by drawing in water from the ambient air. It then filters the water a passes it on to the plant’s roots. You can even set the amount of water generated based on the plant’s needs.

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Aunty Acid Mini Wall Calendar

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Aunty Acid says what we are all thinking. This calendar is entertaining, useful, and sometimes a little shocking. Use as a quick glance tool to remember appointments or other obligations. Measures 7″x7″ when closed and 7″x14″ when open. Wall-mountable.

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DEEBOT U2 – ECOVACS

Deebot Ozmo U2 Robotic Vacuum and Mop

This helpful little home gadget can vacuum AND mop an entire home on one charge. Works well with pet hair and features a hard floor mode. Automatic mode to always keep a home spotless.

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The 1Password You Need to Remember

1password password protection software

This probably seems like an odd choice, but stick with me for a minute. Seniors are using more tech than ever which means tons of passwords to remember! With this service, they only have to remember one. If set-up is a problem, just have one of the grandkids come over.

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Jitterbug Smart2 Smartphone for Seniors from Lively

Jitterbug Smart2 No-Contract Easy-to-use 5.Smartphone for Seniors by GreatCall

This easy to use smartphones for seniors has simple, list basted menus with a large, easy to see screen. Even offers voice typing and mobile internet access.

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Matr Boomie Eyeglass Holder | GreaterGood

Two's Company Nose Eyeglass Holder in Gift Box

Forget where your glasses are? Can’t remember where you put them? Then this cat has your back. Hand carved from Indian Rosewood in India. Other designs are available if cats aren’t your thing.

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Hunt A Killer – Do You Have What It Takes?

Hunt A Killer box

Enjoy a good mystery? Can’t put down an Agatha Christie novel once you get started? Then HuntAKiller.com may be just the subscription service for you.

Each month you get a box of clues to help you solve a murder. These monthly boxes are laid out like an episode of a TV show and they tell a bigger story. Six episodes complete a season. There are puzzles and ciphers to solve too for the puzzle lover.

Each box takes between 90 min and 3 hours to complete and can be used as a group experience too. Worried about content? The boxes are “PG-13” because some clues may be graphic (autopsy reports and such).

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Smart Jewelry with Panic Button | invisaWear

invisawear personal safety jewelry

This well made jewelry features a hidden panic button that you can press when you need any kind of assistance from friends, family, or even the authorities. Once received, the jewelry syncs up to an app on your cell phone. Then, once the panic button is pressed, your cell phone will notify the people that you designate.

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Magazine Gift Subscriptions That Seniors Will Love

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Magazine subscriptions provide a ton of benefits for seniors: education, entertainment, a way to pass some time. They can also be a great link to the outside world. Look for large print magazines like Reader’s Digest for seniors with vision problems.

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Dynotag SuperAlert Medical ID Tags | Dynotag

dynotag superalert medical IDs

With these medical tags, it’s easy for first responders to get essential information about a patient. The tags are laminated and completely weatherproof, which means they’ll be in great shape for years. The set includes both a keychain tag and a wallet card. It’s a wonderful way to protect the people you love most.

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Senior Home Meal Delivery | Silver Cuisine by bistroMD

Senior Home Meal Delivery Service by Bistro MD

This senior meal delivery service send chef-prepared meals from doctor-designed diets straight to the door. Simply select your meals from a menu online or via phone and set your delivery schedule. Rest assured knowing your loved one is easting well

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World of Puzzles & Games Subscription | Magazine Agent

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Many seniors love working puzzles so why not provide them puzzles to work all year long. Puzzles help keep the mind active and sharp which can improve memory and keep away boredom. 9 Issues per year.

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Heart Ring Holder – Mikasa

mikasa heart ring holder

This Celebrations by Mikasa® Heart Ring Holder is a safe place to put your rings while washing your hands, the dishes, or sleeping. It’s also a great habit to form to always keep your rings in the same place. Crafted of glass. Heart ring holder measures 3-1/2 inch long.

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Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy | Amazon.com

Sadly, when our senior loved ones leave us, their stories and history goes with them. This workbook encourages them to share this history with your and provides a place to record memories through a series of questions and prompts. It will quickly become a treasured heirloom for the family.

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Create Simple Wall Tile Pictures From Photos | StoryBoards

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Storyboards are a great way to keep seniors updated with photos of their family and your lives. Simply upload photos and they will be converted to 8X8 photo boards that can be stuck to the wall. The best part? They don’t leave any marks on the wall when removed so they should be nursing home or assisted living approved!

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SMPL Music Player | Alzheimer’s Store

Simple Music Player

This simple music player for seniors with dementia has been designed to be intuitive and as easy to use as possible. Plus, it reminds seniors of old radios which encourages them to use it. One button operation after being set up by a caregiver.

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SMPL Simple Senior TV Remote Control | Alzheimer’s Store

smpl remote control

This simple and senior friendly remote control is just that – simple! Only 5 buttons for favorite channels and an up/down channel button. The remaining 3 buttons are for volume, on-off & mute. Works with almost every TV.

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Call to Mind Conversation Game For Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Conversation game for dementia

Research shows that memory games are for everyone. Games like these improve memory and recall – even if the senior you are buying a gift for is sharp as a tack. This game is fit for anyone ages 6 and older so it is a fun game to break out when family or friends visit too.

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All-New Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with Alexa | Amazon.com

This is probably one of the most useful gifts for any senior. Alexa Echo will tell them the time, date, weather forecast, play them their favorite songs, and also remind them to have their medicines. However, you may need to set it up for them.

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Leather Journal in Gift Box with Pen | Amazon.com

This stylish journal is packaged in a gift box and has a unique style and look. It’s been said that journaling helps improve memory and mental processing – and it’s a great way to record memories or private thoughts. Would make a good travel or garden diary too.

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PhotoShare Smart Frame | Send Pics from Phone to Frame | Amazon.com

A digital photo album is a fun way to load up and display family, vacation, and travel photos. Rather than having space for just one or two happy photos, you can add or change the pictures by uploading them from your phone to the frame when you come to visit. It can also be updated via WiFi too! For fun the senior could even use a camera to take some of the photos themselves.

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American Made Hardwood Visitor Register or Guestbook | Amazon.com

This gift idea is a fun way to keep track of visitors and get some great stories along the way. Having a sign-in journal in their room encourages guests, family, and friends to leave notes, stories, and other keepsakes. I chose this one because it looks great and will lay flat and is made from natural walnut.

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100 All Occasion Greeting Cards 4 x 6 with 100 Envelopes | Amazon.com

This set of greeting cards prepares your loved ones or friend for any and all upcoming events. They can write out cards for holidays, send letters of appreciation, condolences, or congratulations. Throw in a set of lifetime stamps while you are at it so that they can mail their cards when it’s time. For forgetful seniors or those with dementia, fill them out in advance and hold onto them until it’s time to mail them.

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Single Serve Coffee Maker for K Cup Pods and Ground Coffee

No matter how old some of us get, that morning cup of coffee is a mandatory start to the day. This single serve coffee maker is a great gift to provide that single cup of coffee – quickly and easily. No waste, no hassle, just a simple and strong cup of caffeine to get going in the morning.

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Esky Wireless Key Finder | Amazon.com

Featuring a transmitter kept at one location and six receivers that can be attached to car keys, house keys, remote controls, phones, or whatever else you might frequently lose or misplace. Hit the button, hear the loud beeps, and find what you’re missing!

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MedCenter 31 Day Pill Organizer with Reminder System

Makes organizing the pills needed for the day easy as an entire month can be planned out with this organizer. That makes it easier to plan out various medications, make sure they’re all stored in one place, and a handy alarm can bring your attention back to it if things slip your mind.

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399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges | Amazon.com

There are many options when it comes to good brain games. Crossword power, Sudoku books, word searches, or something else entirely, brain games are important. This book is a great option among many for creating and interacting with games that not only pass time and keep you entertained, but also keeps the mind firing on all cylinders!

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e-Pill TimeCap and Bottle – Amazon.com

This smart pill organizer helps seniors manage medication by displaying the last time the bottle was opened. This is a great gift for forgetful seniors who can’t remember if they took their medicine or not. Reduces the chance of them duplicating their meds.

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Recipe Keepsake Book – Favorite Family Recipes | Amazon.com

This helpful tool collects all of a senior’s favorite recipes so that they never forget them. It also preserves these heirloom recipes for the family and future generations. Overtime, this gift becomes priceless!

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Weighted Sensory Lap Pad | Amazon.com

Weighted Body & Lap Pad | Gravity Therapy

Experts believe that sensory lap blankets can help calm the nerves of those who have early dementia. They help to increase melatonin and serotonin levels overnight. This helps them to sleep comfortably for long periods.

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Memory Loss One Button Dementia Radio

one button radio for seniors

This is the easiest radio for seniors with dementia. It uses an extremely simple one button interface for a preset radio station you choose. There is also a USB port for adding the senior’s favorite songs via an MP3 player for some variation.

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Ancestry® Gift Subscription

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As we age, it’s not uncommon to begin wondering where we came from and wanting to learn more about our roots. A gift subscription for Ancestry® can help aging adults begin the journey just by plugging in what they do know about their ancestors. A gift like this can also create an opportunity to spend time together by working on the family history together

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Stackable Weekly Pill Organizer – Great for Travel!

It seems that taking medication becomes a routine part of life as we age. Sometimes, it can be difficult to keep track of it all too! This stackable pill organizer holds a weeks worth of medication in convenient daily drawers.

Simply pull the current day out of the bottom of the dispenser and the other days slide down a notch to replace it. Each drawer has 4 different slots for the time of the day the pill should be taken. It also comes with stickers so you can label the drawers in 22 different languages. The small, compact size is great for travelers too!

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US Art Supply 82 Piece Deluxe Art Creativity Set | Amazon.com

Help revive a senior’s old hobby or passion give your loved one the tools to take up a new one with this artistic kit. Doing creative tasks like this is good for better developing the more creative part of the brain. While challenging, it will help to teach a new skill, occupy their time, and give them something to be proud of. 

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Snug Safety – Free Daily Check-In Service

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Looking for a unique gift idea for a senior or elderly person who lives alone? Here is a great alternative to expensive medical alert systems.

Snug is a free – and friendly – check in service for people living alone. It works via an app on a mobile phone and alerts a senior’s emergency contacts if they don’t check in by their assigned time.

There are free and paid subscription plans available. The free plan sends text messages to the emergency contacts while the paid Dispatch plan takes additional steps including phone calls to make sure the person is safe. If they can’t reach anyone, they will request a Wellness Check to the cell phone’s last location.

The Dispatch Plan is $9.99 per month but Graying With Grace readers can save 15% by using my discount code GWG15 or the button below.

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Sensory Jigsaw Puzzles Subscription Box

jigsaw puzzle box

This seasonal/quarterly box contains sensory jigsaw puzzles that are designed to use multiple senses: sight, touch, and smell. Plus it’s a fun activity!

There has been lots of research in using activities that stimulate the senses with dementia patients for improving memory. But, these activities are good for all seniors and elderly folks.

Who wouldn’t enjoy a puzzle that also has a pleasant aroma and you can actually feel the textures?

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Relish Radio for Dementia

relish dementia radio

This nostalgia-inspired radio is specifically designed to be extremely easy to use. Even for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

If features an easy-to-use control panel with big buttons that are easy to see. The volume never goes completely off so that the user will know it’s still on. it’s lightweight and durable too!

Caregivers can program their favorite stations into the one-touch buttons on top allowing them to still have variety and choice in their music.

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American Lifetime Day Clock

american-lifetime-day-clock

Even on my best days I’m not always on top of what day of the week it is or what the date is. That’s not likely to get better as I continue to age over the next several decades. This large clock/calendar is perfect as it shows the date, day of the week, time, and year all there at once to make it very handy.

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My Top Gift Picks

Although it may seem tough to find gifts for someone with dementia, if you think from their perspective, you will come across enough items. These are some of the gifts I would gift if I had someone with dementia in my family. The pill organizer with reminder alarm and Aexa Echo Dot are gifts that I personally like.

What other gift suggestions do you have for seniors with early dementia? Please tell me about them in the comments below. Please also share this post on social media if you found it helpful!

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Scott Grant, CSA®, ATP, CRTS®

Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®
Assistive Technology Professional
Certified Rehab Technology Supplier (CRTS®)

I have been serving seniors and the elderly for over 20 years as a medical equipment and custom wheelchair specialist for a regional medical equipment company. I am also a lucky dad to four awesome daughters and grandfather to three pretty terrific grandkids. When not helping older adult improve the quality of their lives, I enjoy early morning runs and occasional kayak trips. I am also a self-admitted nerd who loves anything from the 1980's. Learn More

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