Our Alzheimer's Store

This site began as an informational resource. The Alzheimer's Store came later. You should think of this also as a Dementia Store since the products are really good for persons who have any type of dementia.

Our first thought when we realized that we had a large store of helpful information, information that we had gathered to help care for our dear friend Bernice, was to build a website to share that information. Then, armed with that body of research, the research that you can find on almost every page of this site, we began a search for games, puzzles, alarms, and other products that would help us apply what we had learned.

That was not as easy as we thought it would be!

There is a growing number of activities that have been designed specifically for people with Alzheimer's disease, but finding them is a time consuming venture.

"Your type of products are what my husband and I needed to help us pass the day. (...) In spite of Alzheimer's, once again in our 46 years of being together, we are having fun with each other!!!"

Many of the products in our store are things that can be enjoyed by anyone, products that were designed for children but work very well for adults with cognitive disorders; adult games that are easy or that you can create new rules for. Bernice lived in a residential care community, so we were not involved in her minute to minute care. This afforded us the time to look for things that she would enjoy. But we began to think that someone caring for a loved one at home probably doesn't have that kind of time. Even the staff at a care community has limited time beyond their daily duties. So we decided to share the fun things we found, and we opened the Alzheimer's Store.

We hope that you will find the store user-friendly and we are available during typical (ususally extended) business hours by phone should you have questions. You can be confident that, when you order, your personal and financial information is safe, that your purchases will be delivered in a timely manner, and we will stand behind the products we sell.

The products in our Alzheimer's and Dementia Store are selected first for the benefit that they have for people with dementia. The quality of manufacture is our next consideration. We have rejected many products that do not meet our standard. If you ever have a question about anything we offer, please contact us, either by telephone (our toll free number is at the top of every page), or by filling out a form.

The research behind what we sell...

The choices we made to stock our store are all evidence based. You can find a partial and growing list of references in our research bibliography. Bernice enjoyed many of the products, as did some of her friends, so we were able to see first-hand how effective some of these things are. Not all of the products will be right for everyone. You know your loved one better than we do, his or her interests and preferences. You will be better able to make appropriate choices. Some of the things are better for men; others are better for women. It usually doesn't matter. We're here to help if you need us.

The store is in a different location, virtually, than the website. A store requires a different type of programing than a simple website, and so they're separate, but our website is important to us. It's a distillation of all of the research we did when learning to care for Bernice, and that we continue to do. You'll soon learn to recognize the difference. You can get to the store from any page on the website by clicking on the "Go To Store" button at the top of every page or in the left navigation column. Most pages also have various other links to the store; the pictures in the right column of this page (as well as most other pages) will take you to a place in the store where you can purchase that particular item and often look at similar items.

Unfortunately, because of the way an online store is built, it's not always as easy for you to get back to the website from the store. We do link back when it makes sense. On the Aromatherapy section of the store, for example, there is a link back to our website's Aromatherapy page, in case you want to further research the topic. We will provide such links whenever they seem logical and helpful. At the bottom of every page on the store there is a group of links: About Us, Customer Service, Shipping Policy, etc. One of those links is "Alzheimer's Information". That link will take you to the home page of our content site. We also suggest that you bookmark our homepage to make it easy to get there anytime.

Enjoy shopping, and if you have some favorite things, a game or puzzle, for example, that you don't see, please tell us about it. We're always looking for new and exciting things!

Go to the Best Alzheimer's Products' Dementia and Alzheimer's Store.

Aids for Daily Living

Picture Phone for Alzheimer's/Dementia

Aids for daily living are devices which allow greater freedom and extend independence, especially as an individual begins to lose certain abilities. For people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, aids for daily living generally compensate for memory problems, like our phones that allow a person to dial a number by touching a picture of the person he or she wishes to talk to. Another product in our Alzheimer's Store that helps to compensate for failing memory is the programmable pill dispenser that dispenses medication at the right time and in the proper dosage.

As Alzheimer's disease progresses it often affects physical ability. The Best Alzheimer's Products Alzheimer's Store is working to provide a comprehensive selection of aids to compensate for failing physical and mental abilities.


Alternative Therapy

Doll Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease

There are a variety of Alternative Therapies or nonpharmacological therapies that have proven to be effective in the treatment of some of the behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

Some of the best treatments we know can be fairly simple. Give someone a doll to hold (yes, that's a doll pictured above), play background music during the day, use different aromatherapy oils at different times of day for different affects, and try to provide some exercise every day.



Games for people with Alzheimer's disease

A study reported in the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementia found that playing Bingo provides mental stimulation that is highly therapeutic to people with cognitive disorders. Indivduals participating in the study performed significantly better on measures of cognition. Staff members reported increases in alertness and in awareness in the test subjects for hours after testing.