Elderly loved ones are often the most difficult to buy gifts for — they say they don’t need or want anything. That is why we put together a guide for 50 gift ideas for your elderly loved ones that includes gift ideas for those with Arthritis, Dialysis, and Dementia or Alzheimer’s. As primary caregivers for our dad for 2 years before he passed, we learned through trial and error the products we needed to make life easier for him and us. He had every type of therapist and we learned a lot along the way.
At the end of my dad’s life he had mobility disability, vascular dementia, and an autoimmune issue where he could not use or grip his hands. A lot of the products we are recommending below are products that he used, and some were recommended by My Sister Made Me Buy It Instagram followers for arthritis/pain relief, dialysis care, aging complications, and memory care.
We only focused on disease states that we have familiarity with but we would love to expand the ideas in the future. All of the links below are commissionable links, which means we will make a commission if you make a purchase at no extra cost to you. These posts take an incredible amount of time, and we appreciate your support!
While these guides are generally categorized into four categories, I think that all of the gifts would make a great gift for the elderly loved one in your life!
- Gift Guides Main Page
- Mobility Disability Gift Guide
- Arthritis/Chronic Pain
- Elderly Loved Ones
- Memory Care – Dementia, Alzheimers, etc.
Arthritis/Chronic Pain Gift Guide
Our mom suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis before she passed. She always had so much pain in her joints and loved heat therapy. This list is a mixture of things that make it easier to sit/lay-down, pain mitigation, daily life aides, and car support aides.
Hemodialysis Dialysis Center Patient Gift Guide
My dad was on dialysis for 11 years before he passed, which is a long time for a dialysis patient. We attribute it to the fact that my mom never let him skip a treatment. The things in this guide are all the things that he used during his time going to dialysis three days a week — not including all the snacks he would bring, though.
Elderly Loved Ones Gift Guides
While I think any of the gifts in the other sections would make excellent gifts for our elderly loved ones, these all have a more broad use case.
Memory Care (Dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc) Gift Guide
We are not sure if my dad’s vascular dementia worsened before he passed, if it was his heart failure, or if he was still having delirium issues from his time in the ICU and multiple hospital stays. Regardless, we learned how difficult it is to care for someone with these diseases. Routines become so important. Brain stimulation every day. Conversations with others. These are some of the things that were recommended or I found through research.