Submitted by Kimberly Perkins-Akers, Amada Senior Care
Our goal at Amada Senior Care is to enrich seniors’ lives and ensure our clients are safe, healthy, and happy at home. We have a dozen gift ideas aimed at achieving that goal.
1. The Gift of Your Time
Really, this is what every senior loved one wants—just your presence rather than a present. How about a “day of beauty” with a haircut or hairstyling, manicure or pedicure, mustache trim or hot shave, lunch outing, church visit, or a movie?
2. Jitterbug Smart 2
Version 2.0 of the popular, no-contract Jitterbug smartphone designed for seniors offers the same large screen and big buttons. Options to make a call, text, take photos, access pictures, and email are organized in a simple list. Plus, the phone can be used as a personal health and safety tool with services like a daily check-in call, fall detection, and apps including brain games, medication reminders, health tips, and fitness tracker.
3. MaxiAids Talking Watches and Pendants
If your senior loved one is blind or visually impaired, consider a talking watch or pendant that announces the time and date on the hour or at the press of a button.
4. Weighted Blanket
There is evidence showing that a weighted blanket or lap pad offers a non-drug option for managing symptoms of Alzheimer’s or dementia such as disturbed sleep, agitation, anxiety, restless leg syndrome, and depression. Look at companies like Calming Comfort, SensaCalm, or DIY people can find online tutorials on how to make a weighted blanket or lap pad.
5. Stylish Compression Socks or Stockings
Turn old school into new cool by having your senior loved one ditch the plain black and beige stockings for today’s fashionably stylish compression socks fit for a cat walk.
6. Low-Impact Exercise Equipment
The Healthy Seniors Chair Exercise Program kit comes with low and medium-resistance exercise bands that the senior can use at her or his own pace while sitting in a chair to build strength and improve flexibility and stability. The Portable Pedal Exerciser by Vive is a compact folding pedal exerciser to strengthen the legs and arms.
7. Mobility Assistance Tools
Pull Me Up by Rising Improvements is a simple oval ring that lets you give your senior loved one an assist from a sitting to standing position. It’s like an instant grab bar that prevents injuries from arm pulling.
8. Monthly Giftbox Subscription
Ensure your beloved senior will smile often over three, six, nine, or 12 months upon receiving a monthly subscription box for flowers, wine, coffee, food, spiritual inspiration, books, magazines, or favorite treats.
9. Food Delivery Service
More and more meal delivery companies are specializing in convenient and affordable programs that meet the tastes and needs of older adults. Companies like Magic Kitchen, Healthy Chef Creations, and Personal Chef to Go deliver meals that are naturally low in sodium, fats, and sugar and made with fresh, organic ingredients.
10. Fitness Tracker
What we love most is a fitness tracker that encourages fitness goals such as steps per day and stairs climbed, and promotes healthy choices to avoid the sedentary lifestyle associated with things like obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. One of the fitness trackers we like best for seniors is the watch-style, user-friendly Fitbit Blaze for its large and bright display, touchscreen, built-in heart rate monitor and sleep tracker, reminders to move, exercise tracker, digital workout coach, and five-day battery life.
11. Medication Reminder
Everything is going digital, why not medication reminders? One of the highest-reviewed apps is the Pill Reminder and Medication Tracker by Medisafe. It helps seniors stay safe and in control of their medications by getting reminders about taking the correct dose at the correct time and lets them track their progress.
12. TV Ears
The wireless headset helps seniors who suffer from hearing loss and have difficulty watching television programs with low-volume sound. The device is easy to set up, as it links directly to the TV set and lets the headset-wearing senior listen to a program at regular volume remotely.
Family is vitally important, but sometimes not always available 24/7, or family dynamics may be complicated. Many sons and daughters offer emotional support, but do not feel they can provide the day-to-day support for a loved one. Aging well under quality care makes a positive impact for any senior in need, especially those we love.
Amada Senior Care offers a one-call solution to senior care needs through in-home private care, senior housing advisement, and navigating long-term care insurance. Call Amada Senior Care at 480-999-5250 or visit www.AmadaMesa.com.
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