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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


For many families, the holiday season is a time for gathering, sharing, laughter and memories - for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss, anxiety or a physical impairment, the season can be stressful for them and their caregivers. Planning ahead makes holiday celebrations more relaxing for family, friends and caregivers!

MindCare has selected some products that make wonderful gifts to help exercise & ease the mind.

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magic painting book for Alzheimer's, dementia, stroke, Autism and seniors with Arthritis Magic Painting Book

Stimulate creative minds!

Price: $19.95

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musical-therapy-bear Blaney - Musical Therapy Bear

Music therapy and a companion in one!

Price: $99.95

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dementia - classic oldies songs - collection Classic Oldies Songs - Music Collection

100's of Classic Oldies Songs!

Price: $95.00
paint with water dementia activity book Paint with Water Activity Book Set

A no mess art activity that can be used over and over!

Price: $34.95

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Adult magic painting book for Alzheimer's, dementia, stroke, Autism and Elderly. Christmas theme! Magic Painting Book | Christmas

The perfect holiday gift!

Price: $19.95

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Alzheimer's dementia patient digital calendar day clock Calendar + Day Clock | Alzheimer's + Dementia

Always know the time, day & date!

Price: $89.95
Sale Price: $74.95
Savings: $15.00
comfort cotton weighted gravity blanket for Anxiety, Alzheimer's, Autism, PTSD, ADD, ADHD, Menopause, Restless Leg Syndrome and more Premium Cotton Weighted Blanket | Anxiety + Sleep Therapy

Pajama-Soft Cotton - Use gravity to relieve stress!

Price: $149.95
Sale Price: $139.95
Savings: $10.00

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simple to use music player for Alzheimer's, seniors with dementia, stroke, arthritis and the elderly Simple Music Player for Seniors

Pre-loaded music player with simplified controls!

Price: $184.95
LIMITED TIME ONLY! $159.95
Savings: $25.00

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Adult magic painting book for Alzheimer's, dementia, stroke, Autism and Elderly. Christmas theme! Magic Painting Book | Snow Queen

The perfect holiday gift!

Price: $19.95
fiddle-hand-muffs-Alzheimers-dementia-twiddle-activity Fiddle Hand Muffs

Two Fiddle Muff styles to choose from!

Price: $49.95
Sale Price: $39.95
Savings: $10.00

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reminder-rosie-voice-controlled-alarm-clock Reminder Rosie Voice Controlled Alarm Clock

Talking alarm clock speaks customized reminders!

Price: $99.95
Sale Price: $79.95
Savings: $20.00

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Joy For All senior comfort-companion-doll-pet-therapy Joy For All Companion Animated Therapy Pets

Moves, purrs + soothes like a real pet!

Price: $139.95

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Perfect Petzzz therapy pets for Alzheimer's cavalier king charles Perfect Petzzz Dog | Cavalier King Charles

Watch as they sleep & breathe. Makes a great gift from a grandchild!

Price: $39.95

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comfort cotton weighted gravity lap pad for Anxiety, Alzheimer's, Autism, PTSD, ADD, ADHD, Menopause, Restless Leg Syndrome and more Weighted Body & Lap Pad | Sensory Therapy Pad

Pajama-Soft Cotton - Use gravity to relieve stress!

Price: $86.95
Perfect Petzzz therapy pets for Alzheimer's tabby cat kitten Perfect Petzzz Kitten | Orange Tabby Cat

Watch as they sleep & breathe. Makes a great gift from a grandchild!

Price: $39.95

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comfort cotton weighted gravity apron pad for Anxiety, Alzheimer's, Autism, PTSD, ADD, ADHD, Menopause, Restless Leg Syndrome and more Weighted Body Pad | Sensory Therapy Apron

Pajama-Soft Cotton - Use gravity to relieve stress!

Price: $149.95
comfort cotton weighted gravity wrap for Anxiety, Alzheimer's, Autism, PTSD, ADD, ADHD, Menopause, Restless Leg Syndrome and more Weighted Wrap | Calming Sensory Therapy Wrap

Pajama-Soft Cotton - Use gravity to relieve stress!

Price: $88.95
Sale Price: $84.95
Savings: $4.00
Art Ball Fidget Activity - PlayableArt Fidget toy and activity for Alzheimer's, Autism, anxiety and dementia ART Ball | PlayableArt Fidget Activity

A great activity to keep creative minds stimulated!

Price: $29.95

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comfort weighted gravity blanket for Alzheimer's, Autism and Anxiety Weighted Blanket | Anxiety + Sleep Therapy

Soft & Comforting - Helps to relieve stress!

Price: $145.95
Sale Price: $135.95
Savings: $10.00

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wall-flip-clock-with-day-and-date-Alzheimers Wood Wall Flip Clock | Day and Date

Large format is easy to read!

Price: $199.95

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dayclock digital message tablet for seniors. Send messages from your Smartphone straight to the tablet. Great for Alzheimer's, dementia and for those living alone or with a caregiver. DayClock | Digital Message Tablet for Seniors

Prevent isolation & stay connected. Send photos, notes and reminders to your loved-one!

Price: $165.95
activity-lap-pillow Activity Pillow

Great to keep busy and restless hands active!

Price: $75.95

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comfort-companion-doll-pet-therapy Comfort Companion Therapy Pets

Weighted + scented companions!

Price: $49.95
shake-loose-a-memory-game Shake Loose a Memory Game

Help recall memories with a fun activity!

Price: $21.50

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activity-handyman-box-alzheimers-tinker-activity Handyman Activity Box for Dementia

Great for men, builders and tinkerers!

Price: $79.00

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simple headphones for seniors elderly Alzheimers dementia autism corded red blue black and pink music therapy vivitar listen up DJ stereo Simple Headphones | Corded

Easy to use - comfortable to wear headphones!

Price: $19.95

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comfort-companion-doll-therapy Comfort Companion Therapy Dolls

Weighted + scented companions!

Price: $49.95
bibs for adults with Alzheimers Adult Bibs | Reversible

Great for dining & craft projects - waterproof, stylish and reversible!

Price: $19.95
baby doll therapy for Alzheimers and demenita woof charisma "Someone to Love" Baby Doll Peter

Doll therapy helps give purpose with a calming effect!

Price: $119.99

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dohm sound machine sound conditioner by Marpac white and black The best and natural sound making making machine available for seniors, elderly with Tinnitus or insomnia Dohm Sound Conditioner | Dual Speed Sound Machine

The BEST sound machine on the market!

Price: $59.95

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desktop-Alzheimers-clock-with-day-and-date Desk Clock with Day and Date

An easy reminder of the time, day and date!

Price: $119.95

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baby-doll-therapy "Someone to Love" Baby Doll Priscilla

Doll therapy helps give purpose with a calming effect!

Price: $119.99

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baby-doll-therapy "Someone to Love" Baby Doll Ava

Doll therapy helps give purpose with a calming effect!

Price: $119.99

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baby-doll-therapy "Someone to Love" Baby Doll Natalie

Doll therapy helps give purpose with a calming effect!

Price: $119.99
baby-doll-therapy "Someone to Love" Baby Doll Grace

Doll therapy helps give purpose with a calming effect!

Price: $119.99
baby doll therapy for Alzheimers and demenita "Someone to Love" Baby Doll Liam

Doll therapy helps give purpose with a calming effect!

Price: $119.99
dementia-therapy-puzzles-pretty-kitty Therapy 12 pc Pretty Kitty Puzzle

A must for cat lovers!

Price: $19.95

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baby-doll-therapy for Alzheimer's and dementia "Someone to Love" Baby Doll Kelsey

Doll therapy helps give purpose with a calming effect!

Price: $119.99
day-night-clock Day and Night Clock

Prevent the mistake of knowing if it's day or night!

Price: $79.95

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thumball-memory-activity Thumball Memory Activity

Fun and excersise for seniors!

Price: $14.50

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safety-glassware Safety Glassware

Enjoy the look and feel of glass drink-ware!

Price: $10.00
ungame-for-seniors Ungame for Seniors

Helps people connect as they discover things in common!

Price: $9.99

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gel-wave-pad Gel-Wave Activity Pad

Gel Wave Pad keeps hands busy and dexterous!

Price: $29.95
baby-doll-therapy "Someone to Love" Baby Doll Emma

Doll therapy helps give purpose with a calming effect!

Price: $119.99

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activity-apron Activity Apron

Keeps hands busy!

Price: $55.50
puzzle-for-seniors 36 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

Puzzles help stimulate the mind and the hands!

Price: $19.95

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doll-therapy-elephant Therapeutic Elephant

A comforting way to provide heat, cold, and aromatherapy!

Price: $34.95
doll-therapy-teddy-bears Therapeutic Junior Teddy Bear

A customer favorite... in a smaller package!

Price: $39.00
dementia-therapy-puzzles-going-out Therapy 12 pc Going Out Puzzle

Man's best friend!

Price: $19.95

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dementia-therapy-puzzles-red-white-and-blue Therapy 12 pc Red, White & Blue Puzzle

A great puzzle for Vets, Americans and NY'ers!

Price: $19.95
dementia-therapy-puzzles-relaxing-with-friends Therapy 12 pc Relaxing with Friends Puzzle

A perfect puzzle for pet lovers!

Price: $19.95
dementia-therapy-puzzles-roses-for-you Therapy 12 pc Roses for You Puzzle

A perfect puzzle for Mom!

Price: $19.95
dementia-therapy-puzzle-making-music Therapy 12 pc Making Music Puzzle

A great activity to stimulare the mind!

Price: $19.95
nature-collection-dvd Favorite Things Nature Collection DVD

Brings comfort and conversation through visuals of nature!

Price: $19.95
non-slip-placemats-dementia Table Setting Placemat - Non-Slip

Non-Slip and a gentle placement reminder!

Price: $19.95
wrap-with-pockets Wrap with Pockets

A comfortable and stylish wrap!

Price: $78.95
Massage Pillow Zebra Pattern Massage Sensory Pillow

Vibration helps circulation and provides comfort!

Price: $39.95

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ocean sunrises ambient relaxing screensaver chill DVD Ocean Sunrises | Ambient Video DVD

Relax with the sights & sounds of the beach!

Price: $19.95
   
 

Here are some tips and gift-giving ideas to brighten your holidays...

  • Keep your loved one safe and happy, and try to minimize outbursts that can add to an already stressful time of year.
  • Make name tags for everyone to easily recognize family members. It can be a fun project for the kids; make big letters and even decorate them.
  • Stick to a set schedule, (i.e., when they get up, mealtimes, taking a nap, etc.). Change to routine can very difficult for people with memory related conditions such as Alzheimer's and dementia. Allow for “down time”, and be cognizant of “sun-downing” which can happen late in the afternoon when there is an increased likelihood of agitation. Find a quiet place for your loved one to rest, perhaps a nearby room, where family members can come one or two at a time to visit with them. Celebrate earlier in the day to reduce the risk of confusion. Consider throwing a holiday lunch instead of a dinner party.
  • Let them take part in a few of their favorite traditions. Due to attention span and cognitive issues, people with later stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia might be happier taking part with the holiday activities of the younger kids. Holiday movies, making cookies, coloring and children’s crafts give them an opportunity to share in holiday activities without feeling overwhelmed.
  • Limit the number of presents, and think “simple”. - Your loved one is not going to be impressed by how much you spend or how many presents you give them. Consider the “age” they are at – not biological, but cognitive – and select gifts accordingly.
  • Holiday treats are especially tempting to those living with Alzheimer’s & dementia. Watch where you put the sweets and treats! Also, be sure they stay hydrated during this time. It’s important to keep them feeling healthy, and for any/all medications to work properly.
  • Surround your loved one with music. Music is a part of the holiday tradition that can elevate their mood. If your family has a tradition of caroling, include them in it. Many people with Alzheimer’s can easily recall songs they have known for years!
  • Take pictures and videos. Years from now, you and your family will look back upon this holiday season with warm thoughts about your loved one, and happy times you shared together. It is much easier for people with Alzheimer’s disease to remember things that happened long ago rather than things that happened yesterday, so reminisce with them!