Doesn’t it feel fantastic to find that perfect gift, the one that will make your loved one’s face light up with joy? For the older adults we love, it is possibly even more gratifying, given that it can be challenging to come up with new and creative ideas. Aging parents have years and years of acquired treasures, and let’s face it: there’s only so much satisfaction to be experienced in getting a pair of socks or another tie.
This holiday season, why not think outside the box when looking for helpful gift ideas for the seniors you love? Grace Home Care, the experts in Alzheimer’s care in Topeka and the surrounding communities, have put together the following great gift ideas that are bound to brighten the day of the seniors you love!
- Personalize a treasure. Turn favorite pictures into useful items that older adults will enjoy all year long, such as photo blankets, puzzles, calendars, and many other options. A hardbound photo book can also be useful for people with dementia. Incorporate images of loved ones with names to help the senior remember who’s who, or make a book with photographs from his or her childhood for a lovely way to reminisce.
- Make a game plan. Put together a basket of classic games, incorporating large-print playing cards and any other family favorites. Coordinate in advance with local family and friends to designate a weekly or monthly game night which will, of course, also work well with the older adult’s schedule. Include a calendar in the basket with dates and times highlighted, and then take pleasure in a year of enjoyable get-togethers!
- Go high tech. Technology is progressing on a daily basis, it seems, with plenty of gadgets intended for enhancing life for the elderly. Select from senior-friendly computers, tablets, and smartphones, a smart speaker to provide news and entertainment, or a safety-enhancing medical alert system. Make sure to plan for plenty of time to aid the senior in figuring out how to work the new tech tool, too!
- Give an experience. Often, the gift most valued by senior loved ones is the gift of enjoying an experience with family members. A gift card to a local spa for group manicures, hair styling, and a massage is a good way to create new memories together; or keep it simple and choose a gift card to the older adult’s favorite dining establishment. For a more cost-conscious idea, make a customized booklet of coupons, redeemable when the older adult chooses for services such as mowing the grass, cleaning, cooking, and others.
At Grace Home Care, nothing makes us happier than witnessing delight in the seniors we serve! Call us at 785-286-2273 any time for additional holiday gift ideas, including the gift of professional in-home care from our highly trained, experienced, and compassionate care team providing Alzheimer’s care in Topeka and the surrounding communities.