I live out of town and will be visiting my mom who has Alzheimer’s on Mother’s Day. What are some suggestions for gifts for her?

The gift of your time is obviously the best gift to ever give your mom. Just visiting her and providing companionship can do a world of good for her.

However, if you want give her something, think about what she enjoys most and try to center your gift or gifts on that theme. For instance, if she loves music, you could purchase an iPod Nano and download her favorite songs onto it and let her listen to these songs through a set of headphones. It will give her hours of pleasure, and the lists of songs and genre that can be downloaded are limitless.

Scented lotions attract her sense of smell, so try some nice hand lotions for her. A fluffy, soft bathrobe or blanket can be something she can “feel” and also keep her comfortable and warm. Aromatic room diffusers, using lavender oils, which can be effective in curbing anxiety, create a calm, soothing atmosphere.

Photo collages, photo albums, memory books, photo calendars are all great choices, too. Your mom will love looking at all the photos, and it will be a means of reminiscing for her and a time to share stories.

More practical items to help her with everyday tasks could include a memory picture phone, a clock with a date and time in large type or night lights she can put throughout the house that automatically turn on at night. Many of these types of products can be found at The Alzheimer’s Store, alzstore.com, or Best Alzheimer’s Products, best-alzheimers-products.com. If your mom tends to wander, another suggestion would be to enroll her in the MedicAlert+, Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return program, a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for wandering and medical emergencies.

Contact Dana Territo, the Memory Whisperer, Director of Services at Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, (225) 334-7494, advice@alzbr.org, or visit the organization at 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge.