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Holiday Happenings & Gift Ideas
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The Alzheimer's Association is pleased offer the following events and gift ideas to spread holiday cheer!

Holiday Gift Ideas
Encourage safe and useful gifts for the person with dementia.
Diminishing capacity may make some gifts unusable or even dangerous to a person with dementia. If someone asks for gift ideas, suggest items the person with dementia needs or can easily enjoy.

Twiddle Muffs
As featured on News Channel 7, caregiving families can contact the Alzheimer's Association to get some great gifts for loved ones with dementia -- at no cost!

Twiddle Muffs are wonderful way to make sure that your loved ones hands stay warm, and the varied textures and details (buttons, beads, zips and ribbons) can help calm restless impulses and anxiety by keeping hands busy. Thanks to the Spartanburg Knitting Guild, we have several Twiddle Muffs available at no cost through our Spartanburg office. Local knitters have lovingly created colorful and creative Twiddle Muffs as a volunteer project for the Alzheimer's Association.

Please contact Dori Burgess at 800-272-3900 or to request one while supplies last. Quantities are limited, and we will honor requests in the order that they are received while twiddle muffs are available. You can also find the knitting pattern here if you would like to try your hand at a homemade gift.

MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return®
Help provide peace of mind by gifting a wanderer's identification bracelet. MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer's or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency. We provide 24-hour assistance, no matter when or where the person is reported missing. Scholarships are available to cover the cost of enrollment -- so enrollment is available at no cost when you call us at 800-272-3900 to learn more.

Put respite care on your wish list.
If friends or family ask what you want for a gift, suggest a gift certificate or something that will help you take care of yourself as you care for your loved one. This could be a cleaning or household chore service, an offer to provide respite care, or something that provides you with a bit of rest and relaxation.

Other gift ideas can include comfortable clothing, favorite foods and photo albums.

Holiday Events

Holiday Celebration & Pottery Glazing
For individuals in the early stages of dementia or with memory impairment, along with their care partners.

Thursday, December 14, 2-3 PM
Upcountry History Museum, 540 Buncombe St, Greenville
Free parking; Free admission; light refreshments provided.
Back by popular demand: we will be glazing pottery! Free to attend
Please RSVP two days in advance by contacting Jamie Guay, Program Director, at 800-272-3900 or

Holiday Luncheon for Caregivers- Myrtle Beach
Friday, December 15, 12:00-2:00 PM
Cafe Old Vienna, 1604 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach 29577 

$20 per person, includes lunch entrée, two sides, soft drink, apple strudel dessert, tax and tip.
Entrée choices: Chicken Schnitzel (breaded chicken breast), Pork Wiener Schitzel, Jager Schnitzel (breaded pork with mushroom gravy), Grilled Flounder, or Sausage Plate (Grilled Bratwurst & Knackwurst)
Side order choices: Homefries, Potato Salad, Spatzle (noodles) & Gravy, Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut

The Alzheimer's Association can cover home care for caregivers to attend; call to arrange. RSVP is required by December 13th at 800-272-3900. 




Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.