What Seniors Want

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Holiday shopping for anyone can be a challenge. When it comes to buying gifts for an older loved one, however, there are often even more factors than usual to take into consideration. Some questions those shopping for older people need to ask themselves include:​

  • Do they have the space for this?
  • Will a hearing, vision or mobility impairment hinder their ability to enjoy this type of gift?
  • Is this gift a potential fire hazard (i.e. a non-flameless candle)
  • For food gifts: do they have any dietary restrictions?

Over the years, we have been privileged to be a part of many senior holiday celebrations: through our Be A Santa To A Senior program, our relationships with our clients and our own personal family experiences. When it comes to selecting practical, heartfelt gifts for older adults, we've picked up a tip or two:

  • Homemade coupon books. Instead of doling out IOUs for free hugs or taking out the garbage like you did when you were a kid, upgrade to spending a special day or weekend together, or helping them tackle some household chores.
  • Take up a hobby together. Choose a hobby that fits their abilities and interests, such as scrapbooking, woodworking or knitting, and present your senior with a starter kit for two as a holiday gift.
  • Share music they will love. For more low-tech seniors, the most user-friendly way to do this is probably just burning a cd. For those with smart phones, building personal play lists on a streaming app will provide hours of listening pleasure.
  • Become their ghost writer. Consider setting aside a specific time each week or month to interview your loved one and record their memories. Then, for the next gift-giving occasion, present them with a beautifully bound or wrapped copy of your collaboration.

You can find other great ideas by clicking here.

For more information about caring for seniors, please contact us!


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