There are lots of things - more and more products are being made for just this type of person, as so much of the population is in this situation. Make sure to check out the link at the end of this post to past posts with lots more suggestions.
Play a Game! Most of these are tested with people at various stages of dementia to ensure that it is well-suited, and fun, and they give instructions on how to present the activity to ensure that the person feels a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Fun and colorful, a version of Querkle designed specifically for people with dementia - age appropriate, not childish. $25 on AMAZON. 36 brightly colored tiles draw people's attention, colored templates help the person be successful.
35 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for those who loved to do them... or would love it now. Big easy pieces to hold, bright colors and a fairly clear design (red, black, white). $20 From Keeping Busy puzzles..
Or try this Barnyard puzzle, with milder colors, and SNOW, for the season! $20 on AMAZON. And if they are beach and sea lovers, CLICK HERE for that puzzle scene.
Target Toss: I like this one: A target and toss. For three to six participants - a great way to get them to exercise their arms and upper body while having fun. You can choose from the cards they provide, or make up your own. Only $15.
Memorable Pets sells both soft, fluffy, CUTE cats and dogs as well as baby dolls. People with Dementia get a lot of joy and comfort from holding, talking to, and cuddling them - especially calming when they are upset. Check out this company's link, as they have a nice selection, but you can find many if you Google around.
$19 in silver or white, from Gold Violin. And you can find more motion sensor lights at HOME DEPOT and Pegasus lighting.
Barefoot buddies: These are great for them to wear around the house, at the docs, at a hotel - walk like barefoot but with coverage and some warmth without the bulk of slippers -no stumbling or falling to break a hip! many colors, solids, patterns. $15 at Gold Violin.
And for him - The Acorn Cotton Slipper Socks: Look good, easy on/off, yet have a little stability with memory foam inside and suede outsoles. Mens sizes but can probably find these for women by googling around. I want a pair! $49 on Gold Violin.
Penetrating heat eases arthritis, muscle pain, stiffness. Here are a few solutions that will be very welcome under the tree. Electric foot warmer -great for on the couch, while at the kitchen/dining table: $69 at Gold Violin.
Golden Violin also has a full body warmer that can be put on a chair. CLICK HERE to seat, for $35.
A big clock and date - no abbreviations, easy to read, in black and white with block letters and numbers. Most places it's $88. On Amazon I found this for $64. Google around and maybe you'll find the best price.
For someone who needs exercise but finds it hard to stand - an upper and lower body workout, plus cardio The Chairside Exerciser for $89.
Ultralight travel chair goes anywhere! Ideal for taking Mom shopping or helping your husband enjoy a cruise. Lightweight and durable—folds in seconds. Maintenance-free aluminum frame won't rust. All-terrain wheels are easy to maneuver. Many colors/patterns. Features swing-away footrests, seat belt, rear brakes, padded armrests, spot-clean nylon seat and rear storage pouch. Black Carrying bag sold separately. $259 on Gold Violin.
You can also shop the entire site of Gold Violin, of Best Alzheimers Products, AMAZON for people with Dementia and read more about how to buy gifts for those with Alzheimers HERE.
To find lots more suggestions from past years, CLICK HERE - and if the links don't work just Google for the current way to buy the item. Hurry though, dates are getting close to have delivery by Christmas, if that's what you're ordering for.