The 21+ Best Gifts For Forgetful Seniors

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Becoming forgetful is often just a regular part of aging. Ranging from "senior moments" to more advanced dementia, these moments are aggravating. Here are the best gifts for forgetful seniors to minimize these events.

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Finding the perfect gift for your elderly loved ones can be difficult. You may find them telling you they don’t need anything when you ask them about gifts.

Because of this, you want to identify potentially useful gifts on your own.

People tend to forget more as they age. Sometimes, it is just a fleeting “senior moment.” Or, it could be more common.

If you are gifting to a senior that has a habit of forgetting things or someone with early-onset dementia, there are plenty of gift options you can choose from.

In this article, we will discuss some of the best gifts to consider for a forgetful senior in your life.

Recommended Gifts for Forgetful Seniors

The 1Password You Need to Remember

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.


Water Generating Dewplanter by Brookstone

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.


DEEBOT U2 – ECOVACS

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.


Heart Ring Holder – Mikasa

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.


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.


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.


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!


Unforgettable Senior Moments Desk Calendar

This calendar gives a full page to each day with full-color images and humorous examples of real life “senior moments” throughout history. Not for the easily offended! 6″ x 5″ with 365 days.


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

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.


World of Puzzles & Games Subscription | Magazine Agent

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.


Smart Jewelry with Panic Button | invisaWear

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 your designate.


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.


Senior Home Meal Delivery | Silver Cuisine by bistroMD

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.


Jitterbug Smart 3 Smartphone for Seniors from Lively

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


Magazine Gift Subscriptions That Seniors Will Love

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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


Matr Boomie Eyeglass Holder | GreaterGood

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 available if cats aren’t your thing.


Snug Safety – Free Daily Check-In Service

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.


Sensory Jigsaw Puzzles Subscription 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?


Relish Radio for Dementia

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.


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.


More General Gift Ideas For The Forgetful Seniors In Your Life

1. Medicine Organizers

As you age, you can expect to add more and more medication to your daily to-do list. For someone who is already forgetful, remembering to take medication can be a tough task. Even worse, not remembering to take certain medications can put your life at risk depending on what it is.

Therefore, a very useful gift would be a daily pill organizer. You can even find pill dispensers for people with dementia that have built-in alarms. This can help to ensure that your loved one doesn’t forget to take their important medication when they need it.

2. Key Finder Devices

You’ve likely forgotten or lost your keys before. The same is likely true about your wallet. Imagine how many times a senior that is forgetful finds themselves in the same situation.

There are key finding devices like Tile which can help them identify exactly where their keys, wallet, or anything else is. There are small Bluetooth finders that you can attach to pretty much anything. This can make it nearly impossible to misplace or forget anything ever again when used properly.

3. Clocks and Alarms

Another great gift you could consider getting a senior who often forgets things would be a clock and an alarm. Having an easy-to-read clock can make it much less likely they forget what time it is.

Likewise, these calendar clocks for seniors typically have the date displayed right on it. Therefore, they will be able to see exactly what day it is by quickly glancing at the clock. Also, they will be able to set an alarm for whatever they want.

4. Puzzles and Brain Teasers

If you know a senior who is forgetting things a lot, having them incorporate some brain exercise activities in their daily life can do wonders. Try to find match-based puzzles and other kinds of puzzles that can help them keep their mind as active as possible.

The more active their minds are and the more they are using their brain, the better the chances they will be able to give their mind enough exercise to keep it functioning as optimal as possible.

5. Picture Phone

Those that suffer from early-onset dementia or Alzheimer’s will find it very difficult to remember names. Because of this, it can be very difficult for them to sort through a digital phonebook without associated pictures attached.

By gifting seniors a picture phone, they will be able to better retain the information and connect with those they need to because they will be able to use the picture(s) to dial. This is much easier for someone who suffers from a degenerative disease because they can recognize faces much better than names. There are also cell phones for dementia patients that use the same technology too.

Wrapping Up

There are plenty of different gifts that can prove to be helpful to someone who suffers from a disease or for someone who is simply forgetful. Try to find a gift idea that not only fits your budget but one that will prove to be useful to their lives.

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Scott Grant, CSA®, ATP

Scott Grant has spent more than 20 years serving seniors and the elderly in the home medical equipment industry. He has worked as a manufacturer's rep for the top medical equipment companies and a custom wheelchair specialist at a durable medical equipment (DME) provider in WV. He is father to 4 beautiful daughters and has three terrific grandkids. When not promoting better living for older adults, he enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking and early morning runs.

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