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Holiday Gifts for Seniors

For everyone from children to seniors, during the holiday season and beyond, few things can be a more valuable gift than being healthy and happy.
But when it comes to holiday gifts for seniors, picking something tangible for an aging loved one that is as safe as it is meaningful can be difficult.

BrightStar Care resident RN Sharon Roth Maguire recently shared some helpful senior gift-giving tips with and we wanted to share a few of these with you.

Senior Gifts to Make for a Memorable Holiday

Looking for gift ideas for grandma, grandpa or other elderly loved ones in your family doesnt have to be stressful.
Here are some thoughtful ideas to get you started:

1> Your time

Arguably the most thoughtful gift of all is the simple gift of your company. Help your loved one bake a traditional holiday treat, engage in a joint crafting afternoon, or go on an outing to a movie or restaurant. Quality time is a free, yet invaluable offering.

2> The opportunity to live independently

The majority of older adults want to continue living on their own as long as possible, but physical and cognitive issues can make it hard for them to remain independent. Arthritis may make it painful to perform even simple tasks, such as opening a jar of jam, or walking up the stairs. Vision troubles can impede their ability to keep the house clean.

2> The opportunity to live independently cont.

Gifts such as a pick-up tool to help them reach things without having to bend down stand on their toes, or a house-cleaning service can go a long way towards helping your loved one hold on to their independencea truly precious present. Just be careful to keep in mind the difference between helping and enabling.

3> The gift that keeps on giving

The trend of subscription giftsthink Fruit of the Month Club has taken off in recent years. These gifts will be delivered to your loved one once a month, not just once a year, and they come in enough varieties to fit most interests, from the craft-maven to the movie-enthusiast.

4> The ability to stay connected

Loneliness and isolation are twin plagues of the elderly, but cell phones and computers are enabling far-flung family members to more easily maintain their relationships. Some senior-friendly cell phone options include Jitterbug, Clarity Pal and Just5.
These phones typically have large buttons and enhanced sound features, and most can be used with well-known carriers, such as T-Mobile and AT&Tthough Jitterbug has its own separate calling plan.

4> The ability to stay connected cont.

This means a senior can be added to your family plan, which may be more cost-effective than setting up a separate account. Basic video calls via Skype are free, but offering to create a profile for your loved one and teach them how to use it is a thoughtful gift option that will ensure they can stay in-touch with the rest of the family.

And if you were wondering, there IS such a thing as a bad idea for senior gifts. To find out what that might be and for more gifts for seniors, click here.
Or, to learn more about boosting a senior loved ones physical and emotional wellbeing this holiday season and beyond, click BrightStars Healthy for the Holidays program. Families looking for senior care help and support in whole person wellness for their loved one in the comfort of their home can turn to our BrightStar team for help.

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