Saturday, December 18, 2010

What do I get Grandma for Christmas?

Buying gifts for elderly people is tough - they have health conditions that limit what we can give them.   They might want goodies but we should use caution given the rise in diabetes.    This year I'm giving Mom a lighted magnifying glass, some thick fleece socks to keep her feet toasty and a new hooded sweatshirt.    I'm also having her old watch reconditioned so she can wear it daily. No only is it useful, it's some thing very familiar that she had for years.  I hope it will provide her with some comfort.

I've surveyed some friends to find what they're doing for their parents and grand parents.  I hope you'll find some useful ideas here:
  • sets of blank cards,  "fat" pens and stamps so they can keep in touch with friends and family
  • a new address book - then help them transfer the names and addresses
  • photo albums with old and new photos - consider pictures of grand kids on the left page then a photo of  the same grand child as an adult or with their family.   This can help jog their memories too
  • Calendars with family photos.  You can easily up load photos to several services (Walmart, Kodak, Windows) layout the calendar and have it mailed to them.  It  takes all of 30-45 minutes!!  Thank Gawd for technology!!
  • Photos of them with friends and family - my Mom loves her photos with her and her great granddaughter
  • Calendars with their favorite flowers
  • If your elder is in a nursing home they;d probably appreciate anything that replicates the things they had at home - family photos, photos of pets or flowers.
  • People in nursing homes also need practical things:  lotion, socks, sweaters, undershirts, slippers, tissues to clean glasses, pens and paper, fanny packs or other bags that can easily strap on to walkers or wheel chairs
If you're still stumped call the nursing home and ask the social services or activities director if they have suggestions.   

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