06/16/2015 05:41 EDT | Updated 06/16/2016 05:59 EDT

Finding New Ways To Honour Dad

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By: Madia Javid-Yazdi

Special occasions such as Father's Day can be looked upon with apprehension and anxiety when you have a loved one who is living with Alzheimer's or dementia.

Maybe he's only in the early stages, and is feeling blue about having the diagnosis. Maybe he is in the later stages, when he doesn't recognize you.

Or maybe your dad doesn't have dementia at all, but has taken on the task of being primary caregiver and can't get away for a carefree brunch or a game of golf.

While the challenges do exist, it's also a good time to reflect, find new inspiration and a way of honoring dad.

Here are some popular quotes and gift ideas to help you commemorate the day:

"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection." -- Sigmund Freud, the founding father of psychoanalysis

This Father's Day you may recall the countless times during your youth when Dad protected you from the not-so-kind ways of the world. Why not give him an invaluable sense of security in return.

Those living with dementia or Alzheimer's often lose the ability to recognize familiar places. They may wander away, become confused, and at times get lost.

MedicAlert Safely Home is a national program that helps to identify individuals who are lost, and assists in getting them home safely.

For $60 you can register for a one-year membership, and get a stainless steel MedicAlert ID bracelet for your loved one. With this piece of identification, emergency responders will be able to quickly identify and assist a person living with the condition.

A similar program by the name of Safe Return is available in the United States.

"The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking." -- Dan Pearce, author of Single Dad Laughing

Simple can be more than just satisfactory. Take a moment to sit with your father, look him in the eye and express your love and affection for him. Be in the moment. Listen quietly and with care, no matter what he is talking about.

Touch is critically important: pat his arm, or hold his hand. Perhaps play some music from his past.

Treating your father well doesn't have to involve material things. He may not recall the details of your relationship but he will recognize the respect you are showing.

"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me" -- Jim Valvano, U.S. college basketball coach and broadcaster

Dad may not remember the advice and words of encouragement he gave to you, but you do. Now that he's a caregiver, you have a chance to give back.

Treat the male caregivers in your circle to the little things that will let them take a break and reinvigorate them to continue giving.

Make a week's worth of meals; set up cleaning services; offer to step in and help with the caregiving; mow the lawn -- the options are endless.

As a way to express your love, there is nothing like the gift of your time and support. It far beats a necktie.

This story was originally published on, a website for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and dementia. For more tips and support, visit the site here.


  • Optrix Adventure iPhone 6 Case/Kit
    Price: $169.95 (U.S.) (includes four special lenses, wristlet, protective lens case)
    Where to buy: Optrix
    The Optrix case/kit was made for the adventure-seeking photography-loving dad. The rugged case is 100 per cent waterproof up to 33 ft. and has been drop-tested 20 ft. with no damage to an iPhone 6. As such, it is perfect for dads who like taking photos under the sea… and have butterfingers when snapping pics in high places.
    The kit also comes with four lenses (Normal 0˚ Lens, Wide-Angle 165˚ Lens, 2x Telephoto Lens and Macro Lens) and a protective lens case. We tested out the interchangeable lenses and found that the photo quality was spectacular.
    As an added bonus, Dad might be inspired to take the family on a tropical vacation, just to test out his new Optrix kit.
  • Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2 Wireless Headphones
    Price: $329.95
    Where to buy: Apple store
    You’d think that good old dad might feel a little sheepish wearing the same trendy Beats by Dr. Dre headphones that all the kids are walking around with these days. But Dr. Dre is actually old school, so it’s perfectly fine for your old man to be bopping his head to the Solo2 (available in Silver, Gold and Space Grey).
    Aside from making your dad feel cool again, the Solo2 provides him with 10 metres of wireless listening, the ability to take hands-free calls with the built-in mic, and on-ear controls to adjust listening volume. The Headphones come with a carrying case, RemoteTalk cable, and USB charging cable. Warning: The amazing acoustics might encourage your dad to bust out his high school dance moves.
  • Mountainsmith Cooler Tube Sling
    Price: $17
    Where to buy: MEC
    Outdoorsy dads will love the Moutainsmith Cooler Tube Sling and its ability to comfortably transport essential liquids on camping trips…mainly beer. The insulated tube keeps up to six cans (or four tall boys) cool while strapped to your dad’s back on a hike. The tube sling’s durable and quick drying fabric is made of ripstop polyester. The shoulder strap is adjustable for a custom fit.
  • Gladiator GearTrack Pack
    Price: $77.99
    Where to buy: Gladiator
    The best thing you can do for your dad this Father’s Day is to give him some space … in the garage. The Gladiator GearTrack Pack can help Dad organize his garage and get any household tools off the floor, thanks to an assortment of wall hooks. It only takes 15 minutes to install. It might, however, take the rest of Father’s Day to re-organize the mess in the garage.
  • Carnivore Club
    Price: $50/monthly membership fee
    Where to buy: Carnivore Club
    The Carnivore Club is the Father’s Day gift that keeps on giving, every month. Meat eater dads will love the assortment of exotic sausages and jerky delivered to their door every month. For an extra $90, you can even order the Carnivore Club’s special Father’s Day Meat Box special delivery. The box itself is handcrafted from American pine and contains four to six artisan-crafted cured meats.
  • Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch
    Price: $249.99
    Where to buy: Best Buy
    Right off the bat, your dad will see that this is a sleek, luxurious looking watch. It has a Horween leather band and jet-black stainless steel case. So if your dad is a watch aficionado, then you’ve already won Father’s Day with the Moto 360.
    But when it comes to a smartwatch, it’s what inside that counts. Fortunately, the Moto 360’s high-tech features will not disappoint your dad. For starters, the touchscreen Moto 360 connects with your Android smartphone (version 4.3 or highter) to let Dad take incoming calls, check emails, and view text messages with a flick of a wrist.
    This smartwatch also packs a punch, with 4GB of internal storage, a built-in pedometer, heart rate monitor, and stopwatch. It took us less than a few minutes to take a sample Moto 360 out of its box, sync it up with an Android phone and intuitively figure out all the features. So even the most technophobic dad doesn’t have to worry about setting the time on this watch.
  • The Aviator 7-in-1 Bluetooth Wooden Music Center
    Price: $228.88
    Where to buy: It Home Products
    If you are a keener and want to be Daddy’s Dearest, get him a Father’s Day present that is actually seven gifts in one. The Aviator 7-in-1 Bluetooth Wooden Music Center is the ultimate gift for the dad that loves his old records, but likes today’s listening technology.
    Here’s how the Aviator can count as multiple gifts:
    1. It can turn your dad’s vinyl records and mix tape cassettes into CDs.
    2. It even acts as a 3-speed turntable if he wants to relive his teenage years in his parents’ wood paneled basement.
    3. CD Player
    4. Cassette Player
    5. AM/FM Radio
    6. Recorder
    7. Built in speakers/sound system

    Be sure to get your dad headphones as well, or else you’ll be forced to listen to his entire record collection from high school. Unless he went to school in the '80s ... the '80s were awesome.
  • Justin Power Bank
    Price: $39.96
    Where to buy: Staples
    The Justin Power Bank is perfect for the dad who is always on the go, but is always running out of power for his gadgets. The compact Power Bank has enough juice to recharge Dad’s Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, and other phones three times from 0% to 100%. It’s a great little gadget for emergencies. One phone charge is great, but you have to wonder how much trouble dad is in if he needs to fully recharge his phone three times before he is rescued.
  • Bracketron Road Boost XL
    Price: $129.95
    Where to buy: Bracketron
    The Bracketron Road Boost is a very thoughtful gift for the dad with a beat up old car. The next time your dad’s car breaks down, he doesn’t have to slightly lift up his pant leg on the side of the road to entice a Good Samaritan driver to give him a boost. He can do it all by himself with this portable roadside emergency booster — which can also be used for motorcycles and boats. The unit also features a built-in LED flashlight with blinking and SOS modes to alert fellow motorists and roadside assistance.
    The 12000 mAh rechargeable power bank looks tiny but it has a 200A starting current with a peak of 400A. The emergency kit includes jumper cables, AC/DC chargers, and carrying case. A gift like this might even make your dad hope for his next car breakdown, just so he can test out his new toy.
  • booq Cobra Slim laptop bag
    Price: $195
    Where to buy: Booq Bags
    This isn’t any ordinary computer bag. The booq Cobra Slim is the ideal bag for the dad who is a stylish computer geek. On the surface, the Cobra Slim doesn’t even look like a computer bag. It looks more like something that could be worn on a runaway at an office-wear fashion show.
    A closer look reveals a bag that can fit a 15-in MacBook or a 15.6 PC laptop, plus extra room and compartments for laptop accessories, notebooks, and even a small umbrella. The bag’s exterior is made out of a waterproof material called Bionic yarn, which is made from recycled beverage bottles.
  • Onanoff Sound Cover
    Price: $199
    Where to buy: Onanoff
    If you have a dad who is always into gadgets that transform into other gadgets, then the Onanoff Sound Cover will blow his mind on Father’s Day. Dad will think you just got him a protective cover for his iPad … but wait until he realizes that the cover actually doubles as flat panel speakers that amplify the iPad’s volume by up to 400 per cent. The wireless speaker cover also has a built-in mic for calls and is available in Silver, Gold, Space Grey and Tactical Black.
  • RCA “Air” Ultra-Thin Antenna
    Price: $89.99

    Where to buy: RCA
    Imagine telling your TV-loving dad that you got him the gift of FREE cable … in HD. To top it off, the RCA Ultra-Thin Antenna looks ultra cool. The indoor antenna’s double sided/layered reception element maximizes and strengthens broadcast signals. It is able to receive local HD and Digital TV broadcast in 1080 resolution (better than cable or satellite) for FREE (be sure to repeatedly make that clear for Dad).
  • Brinkmann Smoke ‘n Grill Charcoal BBQ
    Price: $79.99
    Where to buy: Home Depot
    Update Dad’s grill collection on a budget with this sleek option that both grills and smokes! BBQ-loving Dad can cook his favourite meats to perfection on the two chrome-plated steel cooking grates that can hold up to 50 pounds of food. The Smoke N’ Grill’s porcelain-coated charcoal pan holds up to 10 pounds of charcoal or wood, allowing for extended cooking times and maximum flavour. The heat indicator in the dome lid eliminates guesswork, helping to ensure dad cooks steaks to perfection every time.