Buying gifts for anyone during the holidays can be a daunting task, especially if it is for someone who has accumulated generations of hobbies and interests. Here are 10 great gift ideas for older adults of any age:
- Art Supplies: Adult colouring books are all the rage and help with mindfulness whilst calming anxiety.
- An IPAD or similar device: Newfangled electronic devices are a great way for older adults to exercise brain power. They offer easy to use touch screens and large print options. They are also an amazing idea for staying in touch and allowing for family members who are long distances away to see each other on a consistent basis.
- Puzzles: Picture puzzles or word problems can help keep the mind sharp and are a fun way to spend time together. Puzzles are especially good for those suffering from Alzheimer’s in low piece count options.
- Tickets to a play or cultural passes: Local recreation centres offer great activities from museum and zoo tours to attending cultural community events. If you know your loved one likes one specific place why not buy them a seasons pass?
- Tea: Generally speaking, tea is a great gift to give anyone. Many older people, especially if immobile, are not aware that there are now entire stores dedicated to making and selling incredible combinations of teas. Broaden their taste buds with some new tea mixtures or accessories.
- Membership to a gym or meeting with a nutritionist: Stay- ing social and active are very important factors in warding off medical issues as you age. The gym is a great place to work out at your own pace while still staying social in group classes.
- Gift certificates for senior services and care: What do you get
the older adult in your life who has everything? Peace of mind and the ability to age in their own home is a wonderful gift. Many caregiving services, like ours, offer gift certificates that can be used towards any care services such as meal delivery, respite care companions or transportation to doctors appointments.
- A pet: Research shows pet companionship improves the physical health and mental well-being of older adults, even reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels and physician visits. Please speak with your loved one and ask them before purchasing them a pet to make sure they are on board with the idea and have the ability to properly care for the animal.
- Personalized photo albums: Put together a family photo album or scrapbook. Many online sites make it even easier by placing all of your photos into a book and shipping it for you.
- Home safety equipment: Grab bars, specialized dinnerware, and even simple tools such as grippers for helping to open jars can make the life of a personal with arthritis or other aging ailments easier.
If you are an older adult reading this blog post thinking that you also have limited ideas on what to purchase for your family members or friends bridging the generational gap, comment or email us and we can help!