Holiday Gift Giving for Seniors

Trying to find that perfect gift can be difficult.  Especially when the gift is for someone who has everything they need.  Another bottle of perfume?  Slippers?  What can they truly use?  We’ve all been there.   Here are suggestions that we have personally tried or have been given to us from our seniors or their families:

Gift Certificate for Their Own “Day”

Example: All those projects that had been put off? Make a date for the family to come and spend the day.  Weeding, hanging pictures, repairing a few things, cleaning in those hard to reach places.  Bring breakfast with you, go to lunch or dinner afterwards.  The gift of your time is an awesome thing.

Gift Certificates to Favorite Restaurants

Here’s the twist.  The entire family contributes gift cards to a variety of restaurants.  Whenever someone goes to visit, mom gets to pick a card and away you go.   This is a sneaky way to encourage the younger generation to go pick up their grandparent and take them out!

Dementia Related Gifts

These are gifts that are good for everyone! Induction Cooktops – Works by induction so only produces heat when the pan is on it and automatically turns itself off after 2 hours. Day Clocks – Displays the day, date, time, time of day, and has five alarm options for medication reminders.  Red dinnerware – allows those with dementia to differentiate what is on their plate and encourages appetite.  Automated medication boxes – the door opens, and an alarm goes off, reminding the person to take that dose, and only that dose.

How About the Gift of Independence?

Here are Seniors Helping Seniors we offer gift certificates for services and/or respite care for loved ones.  It’s a good way to introduce services without a huge commitment.

This article was printed in the Helping Seniors of Brevard County Newsletter which is nestled conveniently in middle of Senior Scene Magazine.

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