6 Piece Sensory Processing Tools and Squishy Stress Relief Balls Variety Pack for Kids and AdultsSensory Toys As A Soothing Activity For Alzheimer’s Or Dementia Patients
Fidgeting and constant movements are two very real symptoms of the disease that some Alzheimer’s or dementia patients exhibit.
And, when these folks do get fidgety? Watch out! Through absolutely no fault of their own, these patients will pick at their skin, their clothes, their hair. They’ll just be ‘unsettled.’
One way to calm them down is to redirect the fidgeting through the use of some interesting sensory toys.
The busier the hands, the more engaged the mind, or so studies will say.
I personally remember my Grandmother who must have had some form of dementia. She was most comfortable, chatting amongst herself (!), when she had something in her hands.
Given a deck of cards, that woman could shuffle and even deal to her invisible mates. I’m telling you, she had a grand old time.
But, without a deck of cards? All bets were off.
Sensory toys would have been a great way to redirect her fidgeting behavior if we had only thought of them.
So, without further ado, here’s some fun and interesting sensory toys I found on Amazon.com. If you or an elderly loved one has ever had personal experience with reducing fidgeting, please drop me a comment. I’m very interested in the stories.
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Tangle Therapy Toys
Fidget Snap Therapy
Stretchy Sensory Toys
Textured Sensory Toys
Fidget Spinner Toys
Lock, Latch, And Key Stations
I had honestly never heard of these until I started in on the research for this article. If your elderly loved one loved to tinker with things in the past, one of these cool lock stations could keep them entertained for hours. In fact, you could hide a few trinkets in the openings to further interest them.
Memory Loss & Alzheimer’s Dementia Activity /LARGE SIZE Lock-Station Center – for Memory & Mental StimulationMemory Loss & Alzheimer’s Dementia Activity / Latch & Key Center for Memory & Mental StimulationMemory Loss & Alzheimer’s Dementia Activity/ SMALL SIZE Lock-Station Center for Memory & Mental Stimulation
My favorite sensory toy is the Twiddle Muff. They’re just really interesting! With all kinds of heehaws to play with, a twiddle muff is a wonderful gift for an Alzheimer’s or dementia patient.
Q3 Enterprises Twiddle Sport Activity/Comfort AidTwiddle NATHAN Nathan Weighted Therapeutic Activity/Comfort AidFriendly Lion Pillow Hand Muff for DementiaTwiddle Muff CatPlay Pillow Buttons and BeadsTwiddle Pup Muff
Tangle Therapy Toys
These tangle toys are meant to keep your senior citizen friend a l-o-n-g time.
Tangle Jr. FuzziesTangle Jr. Artist Collection Sensory Fidget Toy, Colors VaryTangle Jr. Classics – Set of 3 Classic Tangle Jr. Fidget ToysTangle Therapy Relax for Hand and Mind WellnessTangle Jr 4 Assorted Tangles Original-Metallic-Textured-Fuzzy, Pack of 4Set of 4! Tangle Jr Metallic Fidget ToysTangle Jr. Textured Sensory Fidget Toy (Colors May Vary)Tangle Jr. Brain Tools Textured Sensory Fidget Toy, 3 Pack, Green Yellow Black, Blue Orange Green, Red Pink BlueTangle Jr. Brain Tools Combo Pack of 3 ~ Classic, Textured, Metallics
Fidget Snap Toys
Perhaps your elderly loved one likes sounds. The Fidget Snap And Click toy may give the audible noise she craves.
Neliblu Wacky Tracks Snap and Click Fidget Toys for Sensory Kids – Snake Puzzles, Assorted Colors, (Pack of 4)Sensory Fidget Toy Bundle – 3 Wacky Track Snap ‘n Click Puzzles with Double the Standard Links, 3 Twist, Flex, ‘n Shape Tangles and Bonus Storage Bag – by Bapon ToysWacky Tracks Finger Fidget Stress Reliever – Snap and Click ADHD, Sensory toy, SPD, ADD Stress Relief, Party Favor 4 PackUniversal Specialties Wacky Tracks Snap and Click Fidget Toys for Sensory Kids – Snappy Snake Puzzles Assorted Colors Pack of 45 Piece IQ Twisty and Sensory Processing Toys Bundle; Tangle Relax Therapy, Brain Puzzles, & Fidgets(1) Snap and Click 24 chain pieces puzzle sensory hand fidget fine motor tool autism adhd toy
Stretchy Therapy Toys
Pull them, twist them, pinch them. These durable stretchy sensory toys may just help calm those busy fingers.
Pull, Stretch & Squeeze Stress Balls by YoYa Toys – 3 Pack – Elastic Construction Sensory Balls – Ideal For Stress & Anxiety Relief, Special Needs, Autism, Disorders & MoreDNA Stress Ball by YoYa Toys- 3 Pack- Squeezing Stress Relief Ball- For Kids & Adults- Stress Squishy Toys For Autism, ADHD, Bad Habits & More- Risk-Free Sensory Rubber BallCalm Focused FIDGET TOY (8 pack) – Increase Focus Reduce Stress, Quiet and Soothing Sensory Gadget for Students, Children and Adults at School and Office, Has helped with ADHD ADD OCD Autism6 Neon Stretchy Strings For ADD / ADHD Stretch Toy Stress Reliever Fidget Toy Sensory Toys – Stretches From 13 Inches To 10 Feet Long!2.2″ Emoji Stress Balls Stress Reliver, Stress Relief Toys For ADD / ADHD Stretch Ball Sensory Fidget Toy (4 Pack)Set of 12 Bouncy Soft Fidget Balls – Stress Relief Rainbow Balls Squeeze Toys for Kids and Adults (6 Colors)
Textured Therapy Sensory Toys
Those busy fingers might enjoy a break with just stroking some fun textured sensory toys.
Tangle Jr. Metallic with Texture Sensory Fidget Toy, Colors Vary5 Pack Inflated Spiky Balls – Squish, Squash and Bounce Press Sensory Fidget Toys and Stress Relief Balls – For Kids and Adults – by NelibluLarge Puffer Frog Toy – Sensory Fidget and Stress Balls – OT Autism SPDEdushape Sensory Balls, 4 Inch, Solid Colors, 4 Ball SetFrog Toy Bundle – Sensory Fidget and Stress Balls – OT Autism SPDLearning Resources Ruff’s House Teaching Tactile Set, 30 Pieces
Fidget Spinner Sensory Toys
These fidget spinners are all the rage with the kids today. And, with good reason – they’re just plain old fun.
Rainbow Anti-Anxiety Fidget Spinner [Metal Fidget Spinner] Figit Hand Toy for Relieving Boredom ADHD, AnxietyFidget Spinner Light Up Compass Clock LED Flash Hand Spinner 3 in 1 Focus Toys Hybrid Ceramic Bearing Ultra Durable (red)YGPHTKSEQR Fidget Spinner Toy Time Killer Golden Steering WheelTri Rainbow Fidget Spinner Metal Hand Spinner EDC Focus Stress Reducer Toy Hi-Q (rainbow1)Metal Fidget Spinner Toy Prime – Quiet Tri Figit Spinner – R188 Hybrid Ceramic Bearings – Cool Fidget Spinner Prime – Stress Relief ADHD Fidget Toys – Black Nomad Pro Q4 Hand Spinner (Rainbow)Mermaker Best Fidget Spinner Toy for Relieving ADHD, Anxiety, Boredom EDC Tri-Spinner Fidget Toy, Smooth Surface Finish, Ultra Durable
Therapy putty is used mainly to strengthen hand grip when it is lacking – such as after a stroke. But, therapy putty also has a good place in the sensory toy category for those with dementia. Place a bit in the hand of a patient and watch them knead it, stretch it, or just work it around. Sure to stop fidgeting. Note: therapy putty comes in different strengths to help develop a stronger grip. Use the extra soft for those patients who just like to move their hands around.
Color-Coded Therapy PuttyTherapy Putty by Vive (3-oz each) – For Finger, Hand & Grip Strength Exercises – Extra Soft, Soft, Medium & Firm Resistance – Theraputty for Occupational & Physical Therapy, Thinking & StressHumactive Hand Therapy Putty, Set of 2 – 4 Ounce, Medium / Firm (Green / Blue)
I sort of wish I’d had one of these cool fidget pens when I was sitting through all of those boring meetings at work. These pens are perfect to stuff in a pocket so they’re always available.
5 Sensory Fidget Textured Unique Pens, Fidget Toys for Children and Adults, Fidgets for Adhd, Autism, Anxiety, Fidget Toys for Sensory Kids, Keeps Fingers Busy and Minds FocusedHand Fidget Pen , WaterLuu Thinking Pen,Fidget Spinning Pen Stress Reducer High Speed – Spin Quietly – Toy Great Gift – Stress Reducer, Perfect For ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Adult & Children – SilverDurotoy Fidget Pen 2 in 1 Stress Relieve Hand Pens EDC Toy Stress Reliever Fidget ADHD Autisum Focus Anxiety Relief Pink ColorSchool Specialty 3568 Abilitations Pencil Set with Fidgets, Assorted, Set of 4