There's nothing like a gift to lift the spirits -- even if it's "to" and "from" yourself. Best of all: a gift that keeps giving. The following ideas have the benefit of providing repeated mood-boosts because they come around regularly:
An X-of-the-month club. Replace that X with words for your special treats and use an online search engine, and you'll find monthly shipments of flowers, fruits, cheese, books, beer, plants -- you name it.
Join Netflix or another movie-rental service that transmits or sends you favorites as often as you need them.
Sign up for coupons and gifts connected with your birthday at local businesses and online retailers. Many ice cream stores offer a free scoop to registered regulars; restaurants may offer free entrees, desserts, or drinks. Clothing retailers often offer discount coupons to those on their mailing lists.
Be nice to yourself on Caregiver Monday. Resolve to make time for a supportive chat with a fellow caregiver to start the week in a positive frame of mind. Skype with a friend or call out to someone from your Alzheimer's Stage Group.
Pick a monthly special treat. Haircut? Manicure? Movie? Fresh flowers from the market? Mark your intention in your datebook once a month for the rest of the year to help you commit to following through on a simple, well-deserved indulgence.