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Gifts for Very Special People

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This Vista Prairie at River Heights patio in South St. Paul is a peaceful oasis outside our Memory Care services there. Memory Care is available in our Minnesota communities in Fairmont, Redwood Falls and Willmar as well, and in Sheldon, Iowa.

Lynn Buckley is the Memory Care and Care Suites Manager for Vista Prairie at Garnette Gardens in Redwood Falls, and an expert in this field. During this holiday season, Lynn offers some helpful gift advice to you, for people on your list who have dementia.

The first and most important tip is to know what stage of the process your loved one is in. Your care professional can easily answer this question for you. Buying a gift for a loved one in the early stages of dementia can be very different from buying a gift for someone in the late stages. These suggestions are grouped according to the stages of dementia:

Early Stage:

  • Activity books, like crossword puzzles or strategy books, adult color books, color pencils
  • DVD’s of classic movies, TV shows or music that your loved one likes
  • A photo album or a family event calendar with photos of family members
  • A memory phone where photos and phone numbers of loved ones can be stored
  • Digital photo frame
  • A clock with digital time, date and day
  • Personalized video of family member and friends
  • Transportation gift cards
  • Familiar books
  • Box of cards with stamped envelopes
  • Transfer old family videos, photos and slides onto a digital recording
  • Gift card for Meals on Wheels or at a local senior dining opportunity
  • Favorite sports team memorabilia

These items will help stimulate your loved one to reminisce.

Middle Stage:

  • Automatic night lights that turn on and off with movement
  • A clock with digital time, date and day
  • An automatic pill dispenser if your loved one resides in their home
  • Simple craft items that will spark your loved one to reminisce
  • Scented lotions and bath soaps
  • Larger print books
  • A bird feeder

Late Stage:

  • Slippers
  • Weighted lap blanket
  • Fidget toys
  • Stuffed animal
  • Warm soft lap blanket

Finally — the best gift for all stages is your time!

The primary focus of our Memory Care services in Minnesota and Iowa is to provide an attentive and caring environment for seniors dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Our program is full of activities that help relieve the anxiety, confusion and frustration that impact residents’ lives.

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

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According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 47 million people live with Alzheimer’s and other dementias worldwide. June is a month dedicated to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s.

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Outdoor Summer Activities for Seniors With Alzheimer’s

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Seniors with a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnoses may find it frustrating not to be able to participate the same way in activities they once loved. This feeling of frustration can grow particularly strong in the summer, with so many activities requiring exertion and mobility beyond the limits of someone with Alzheimer’s. In these cases, it’s more important than ever to find ways to help your loved one engage in activities and outings that bring them pleasure.

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Keeping Tabs On Cognitive Changes

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Although awareness of Alzheimer’s disease has grown, it often goes undiagnosed in its earlier stages. The hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss and because the progression can be so gradual, early signs are frequently mistaken for normal side effects of aging. However, it is important to take any changes in cognitive capability seriously and report them to your loved one’s primary care physician or memory specialist.

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10 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

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Early detection of Alzheimer’s gives you more time to plan for the future. You can research and make decisions about your care and living options, explore treatment plans such as participation in clinical drug trials, and build a trusted network of social supporters and care providers. The chance to take these extra preparatory measures can be invaluable in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, helping to slow the progression of symptoms and prolong independence. In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we encourage you to take the time to learn these 10 warning signs so that you or a loved one can spot Alzheimer’s early.

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