Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas means a little bit more.
When we think of Christmas and living with dementia, many questions come up around what is “suitable” for a loved one living with dementia.
Also, what is the ultimate gift for our loved ones that are closest to those people and you would love to spoil them for their unconditional support?
Here I give you a little hint – know the person with dementia – I mean REALLY know them – ask them questions that ignite their “spark” and you will then have the answer as to what is important to them at that time, or try to figure out with them what they are missing from their lives that gives it meaning. It may be as simple as “what do you miss the most?”, and the answer ….. “I LOVE watching the birds”….and from there, perhaps a gift of a bird feeder or bird bath and then whilst setting up the item, conversation around what birds have special meaning and memories for the person may then invoke a subscription to a colourful magazine or perhaps a home made album with conversation starters around that particular bird for the next gift giving occasion, such as a birthday….
For the person supporting the loved one living with dementia – here is a small list that may spark some thought.
I would love to hear of any responses over the Christmas period if you have used any of these ideas, and am very happy to support you with finding meaningful gifts for loved ones living with dementia. Contact me here.
My wish for you is that your Christmas is special, filled with love and happy memories that can be invoked again and again throughout the new year and beyond.
With much love, Bianca