Mother’s Day Gift for Alzheimer’s & Dementia Suffers

 With Mother’s Day just around the corner, many people are buying cards and making plans to celebrate with their mothers. It’s a time to give a little back to the women in our lives who have given us so much. But for children caring for a mother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, this happy holiday can be bittersweet. More than two thirds of the people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are women — our mothers, grandmothers and sisters. They are living with a disease that steals their memories and mental faculties, changing how life is lived for these special women who spent their whole lives nurturing and caring for others.

We know it can be emotionally difficult to spend Mother’s Day with a person who doesn’t even remember she’s your mom. But remember, most mothers appreciate spending time with people who love them. Giving the gift of time is one of the most precious gifts you can give.

We also understand that leaving mom can be hard any day, especially on Mother’s Day. This year, bring your mom a special gift that will bring comfort to her even when you’re not there to spend time sitting and talking with her. Our Daisy is a Comfort Companion designed especially for Alzheimer’s patients. Much more than just a stuffed toy, Daisy is designed to bring comfort when hugged and awaken the sense of touch, sight and smell. Daisy is weighted to bring a feeling of security when she sits on your lap, and is infused with lavender which is a soothing, calming scent.

A variety of bows and buttons and the signature daisy in the doll’s hair provide plenty of tactile stimulation and things to keep hands busy. Daisy’s bright blue eyes and happy smile will bring a smile to the face of anyone who holds her.

Not only is Daisy there with your mother every day, she also has a pocket for special keepsakes, so a part of you can be with your mother too. The pocket is the perfect size to hold family photos, a special necklace, or a treasured memento that’s meaningful to you and your mom.

While Daisy helps bring comfort to your mother, don’t forget to take care of yourself as well. Visit the Alzheimer’s Association website for information for caregivers and to donate to help advance care, support, and research for this disease.

Anxiety is a normal part of childhood. We all remember worrying about the first day of school each year, stressing out about a test, or clinging to mom rather than spending the night away from home at a friend’s house. This type of anxiety is like a phase that will come and go.

Some children might have more than just the typical phases of worry. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that one in eight children are living with anxiety. Children who develop an anxiety disorder usually do between the ages of 6-12, and when left untreated, it can follow them into adulthood.

Signs of Anxiety

Whether anxiety is temporary or a child is struggling with an anxiety disorder, it is important to understand the signs. This can alert parents to the fact that their child is feeling anxious or panicked, and allow them to help their children deal with the situation.

Signs to look for include:

  • Excessive worry, about safety, health, potential dangers, school.
  • Complaints of headache or stomach ache, with no physical reasons.
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Cries often
  • Becomes angry with no reason
  • Avoids participating in activities
  • Afraid of making even small mistakes
  • Becomes emotional or angry when separating from a loved one.

Helping Ease Anxiety

The most important thing to remember when dealing with a child who is worried or anxious is not to dismiss their feelings. Rather than telling them, “there’s nothing to worry about,” ask them to talk to you about their feelings. Show them you understand and that you can relate. Sometimes just being able to understand they’re not alone will help ease their feelings of anxiety.

It’s never too early to teach kids coping mechanisms for dealing with anxiety. Just like adults, it’s good for kids to get enough sleep, eat healthy meals and exercise regularly in order to alleviate stress and anxiety. You can also practice deep breathing and mindfulness practices. And don’t forget the importance of play! Free, unstructured time outside or with their favorite toys is a good way to help ease anxiety in kids.

Providing a comfort item or transitional item is another way to help ease anxiety. Many kids do this on their own, keeping a special blanket or toy with them throughout the day as a tangible way to feel more secure. Comfort items can help reduce anxiety in the moment by providing a physical object to hold on to, to help divert the child’s attention away from what is causing the anxiety. Comfort items are also a way of training the brain to shift to other thoughts when anxiety flares.

At Comfort Companions, we’ve designed a line of products to specifically provide comfort for kids during times of anxiety. Whether it’s a child who is worried about spending the night with his grandmother or a girl who is nervous about the first day of school, our Comfort Companions are there to provide a safety net for stressful situations.

If your child is showing signs of anxiety or worry, be sure to talk with your doctor. Finding help and learning ways to cope are good ways to prepare our kids for good mental health into adulthood.
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