Thoughtful Father’s Day Gifts for Loved Ones with Cognitive Impairment

Father’s Day is a special occasion to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives. Finding the perfect gift can be challenging, especially if your loved one has a cognitive impairment. Thoughtful gifts can help build connections, provide comfort, and encourage fun outings. Here are some ideas from the Cheer Home Care team to make this Father’s Day memorable!

Spark Conversation

Books and games that encourage conversation and laughter without the pressure to recall specific facts can be wonderful gifts.

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When using these items, ask open-ended questions like:

  • “I wonder what that person is thinking…”
  • “If you were there right now, what would you want to do next?”

Don’t stress about following the rules strictly; the goal is to enjoy the interaction.

Calm and Comfort

Sensory items that provide familiar and soothing touch, sounds, and smells can bring comfort to your loved ones. Introducing something new? Plant a positive seed by sharing a friend’s or your own positive experience with the item.

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Experience Something New

Father’s Day is also an opportunity to give a membership to a local museum or botanical garden. These venues often have accessible paths, making them suitable for leisurely visits that allow you to be present in the moment together. Memberships can reduce resistance around cost and encourage frequent, short visits without feeling wasteful.

Local Options in San Diego:

Tip: Many of these destinations offer weekly or monthly free resident days, ideal for a trial visit before committing to a membership. They also offer senior discounts.  Inquire about companion pass options for visiting family members or caregivers. 

Consider checking out these businesses for more products designed specifically for individuals with dementia:

  • Relish: Provides a range of products to support cognitive engagement.
  • Keeping Busy: Offers various activities for those with cognitive impairments.

This Father’s Day, show your love and appreciation with a gift that brings joy, comfort, and connection to your special dad!

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