The holiday season is a special time filled with joy, love, and family. If you have a family member or friend who is in an assisted living situation, we’re here to help with ten suggestions and ideas that you can use not just for the holidays but all year long!
1. Photo book
A photo book is more than just a book of pretty pictures. This type of gift is great for those who may suffer from dementia. Dementia patients need some form of routine and daily mental practice in their lives, and a photo book full of familiar faces, friendly smiles, and fond memories can help ease anxieties and improve cognitive functions.
2. Jigsaw puzzles
Seniors who may have mobility issues can sit and work on jigsaw puzzles to help keep their hands and minds in good shape. Jigsaw puzzles are also a good activity for smaller senior groups, with each member contributing with different sections of the puzzle. Find out what sizes and styles they prefer and get them several to keep them happy and entertained.
3. Music And Entertainment
Unless the senior in your life is also fond of technology and really prefers an iPhone or Android device, a majority of seniors still prefer radios, CD players, and cassette tape players for all their favorite music and listening. A small CD player with a radio that can run on batteries or via electricity is perfect!
4. Salon Services
Did you know some salons cater exclusively to a senior clientele? Ask local salons and spas if they happen to have discounts and gift cards specifically for your senior and ask about specialty services such as hair-setting, senior massages, and other salon services.
5. Weighted Blankets
If your senior is suffering from dementia or even general anxiety, then a weighted blanket (or, better yet, a heated weighted blanket) may be exactly what they need to reduce stress and anxiety as well as help them sleep better without the need for a sedative or pills.
6. Adaptive Clothing
As we age, our bodies change in many ways, and hand strength and eyesight are some of the first changes we may experience. Adaptive clothing, which includes elasticized and expandable waists, Velcro closures, and easy on-off capabilities, can help your senior get and stay dressed more easily.
7. Supportive Shoes And Slippers
Another disadvantage as we age involves limited and changing balance. With supportive shoes and slippers, seniors can stay comfortable while still moving around, and they may move even better with arch supports, sturdy soles, and solid designs.
8. Walker And Wheelchair Accessories
Seniors can now find and use cup-holders and caddies for their walkers and wheelchairs. It is important that everyone stay hydrated, but it is even more vital to seniors.
9. Mobility Solutions
Whether they need a mobility bar, a device to help them stand, or need something that installs quickly and can be moved around, there are numerous mobility solutions available to seniors
10. Jitterbug Flip Phones And Smartphones
Nothing says “we love you” like a surprise call to your favorite senior on their very own phone.
Use one or several of these gift ideas to show your elderly loved one you are thinking of them in a special way during the holidays.