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Gift Ideas for Older Seniors: Sentimental and Practical

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by Kim McCreery No Comments

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Older seniors can be a challenging demographic to buy for. The key to successful gift giving for this particular group is to consider the recipient’s abilities both physical and cognitive, medical conditions, dietary concerns, and last but not least, her favorite things! Take a look at our list of recommendations.

Photos. Framed pictures of family members, especially grandchildren, are wonderful gifts. A picture album with easy-to-read captions naming the person in the photo and what he is doing is even better!

Nostalgia items. Era music (think Big Band) or a special candy (try Ribbon) is always a hit.

Meals. Cooking can be difficult for older folks. Why not make a couple of his favorite meals? Bring them over and eat one together immediately and freeze the others for future visits.

Outings. Make a special date with your loved one. A trip to the hair dresser or nail salon followed by lunch is a wonderful present.

Special service. Hire a senior massage therapist to come in to the home and pamper your loved one while you are there.

Beautiful blanket or shawls.
Anything you make with your own hands is always treasured. If you’re not crafty, pick an item in her favorite color scheme.

Bed linens. Often older seniors don’t spend money on this. Pick out soft sheets and new pillows. Consider skin conditions and allergies when choosing.

Medical equipment. If your loved one has difficulty with a particular activity, go online or to a local medical store like RTA Home Care for practical gift ideas. There are product solutions for every challenge. Make sure to take measurements and consult with an expert for the most suitable product. Of course you’ll want to install or assemble the item and help her use it the first time.

Enjoy spending time with your family this holiday season!

Kim

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