Many beloved seniors in our lives have lots of stuff. After all, they’ve had years and years to accumulate knickknacks, trinkets and decorations. Instead of another tchotchke, what our Golden Girls and Guys really need and would greatly appreciate are items that will make their lives easier, safer, healthier and more enjoyable.
Here at Amada Senior Care, our Number One goal is to help enrich seniors’ lives, so creating this guide to gift-giving this holiday season was right in our wheelhouse. Just in time for the 12 Days of Christmas, here are a dozen gift ideas aimed at managing physical and mental health and promoting peace of mind.
Keep these suggestions in mind for gifting your senior loved one for a birthday, anniversary … or just because.
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation)
The hands-free and voice-activated Amazon Echo Dot will entertain seniors and help them feel connected. Get the news or weather, listen to an audiobook or joke, ask the day and time, request to hear a favorite song, get a cooking recipe, set an alarm and much more. The device is being used by some to help improve the quality of life of seniors with dementia or mobility issues.
Picture Phone or a CapTel Captioned Telephone
With 10 photo buttons, the Picture Phone (or Photo Phone) is an effective tool for seniors with limited hand coordination or who are suffering from memory loss. For those dealing with hearing loss, the CapTel phone offers a large display that spells out the conversation as it takes place.
New from Fitbit, the new Fitbit Inspire was designed to literally inspire users to get off the couch. User-friendly, attractive and affordable, the Fitbit Inspire checks a lot of boxes for seniors looking for a bit of help and motivation to achieve their daily health goals. Rather than GPS, there is access to a Fitbit app that accurately tracks heart rate and provides a variety of workouts viewable right on your wrist.
HoMedics Shiatsu Massage Cushion with Heat
Seniors can find some relief for achy bones and muscles with the HoMedics Shiatsu Massage Cushion that can be set up on their favorite chair. Features include a kneading back massage and seat vibration. An attached and user-friendly programmed controller lets you dial in to three massage zones and soothing heat for added relaxation from sore muscles and tension.
AMIR Motion Sensor Lights
Let there be light in the dark hallway leading to the bathroom! Battery-operated for cordless installation, AMIR Motion Sensor Lights are an easy way to illuminate areas of a senior’s home where electrical access is lacking. This three-pack set provides super-bright LED bulbs. The motion and light sensors work within 10 feet and shut off automatically after 15 seconds if no motion detected. The lights turn on when it is dark and when motion is detected. No more cursing the darkness of hallways, bathrooms, closets and nooks with these babies.
True Glow by Conair Heated Lotion Dispenser
The days of applying shockingly cold skin lotion are over! True Glow by Conair heats up a full bottle of lotion within two minutes. Your senior’s favorite lotion will come out toasty warm. This helps the lotion to absorb faster and penetrate the skin more efficiently, deeply delivering emollients to soothe chapped skin. Using it is super-convenient, as the dispenser’s simple plug-in cord has an easy on/off switch.
My Life Story – So Far Journal
For the senior who has plenty to say and wants to document life lessons for grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the My Life Story – So Far Journal is the ideal recording secretary. The journal has a unique design with nine sections of thought-provoking prompts to capture memories of meaningful stories, pearls of wisdom, lifelong friendships, accomplishments and lessons learned. As memories are written into the sections, the clothbound journal becomes a treasure trove of your beloved senior’s experiences and over time a cherished family keepsake.
399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges
Exercising the brain is just as important as exercising the body. The paperback book 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young by Nancy Linde lets seniors cross-train their brains with fun mental exercises organized on an increasing scale of difficulty from “warm up” to “merciless.” The puzzles, quizzes, word games and brain teasers provide the type of mental workout that stimulates neurogenesis, the process of rejuvenating the brain by growing new brain cells. Seniors can enjoy a mental workout while targeting these key cognitive functions: long-term memory, working memory, executive functioning, attention to detail, multi-tasking and processing speed.
Families who are scattered around the country can stay connected with grandparents via GrandPad Tablet, a simplified tablet allowing seniors to easily video chat with their loved ones. Seniors also can send emails with a voice command. The device connects to the family’s private network on iPhone, Android phone, iPad or a desktop computer. Family members can upload photos and adjust settings for their senior loved one. With GrandPad’s super-user-friendly interface, seniors can view photos and videos, play games, listen to music, make a voice call, read articles and more.
Sweep away the winter blues with Verilux HappyLight, a light therapy lamp that mimics sunlight to enhance mood, energy, sleep and focus – all without any damaging UV rays. The lamp brings the daylight indoors by providing full spectrum (or natural) light, which signals the body to help you relax, focus and feel energized. If your beloved senior is often homebound, a HappyLight can deliver daily light intake to stimulate hormones and neurotransmitters. As an example, bright light exposure early in the day stimulates the body to produce serotonin (a hormone that improves mood and happiness) and regulates sleep-promoting melatonin in the evening.
ClipDifferent Pro Automatic Fingernail Clipper
This automated trimming mechanism makes it easier for seniors living with arthritis or neurological conditions or disabilities keep up on their hand care. ClipDifferent uses a battery-powered and finely-tuned blade to create a safe and seamless nail-trimming experience. A non-slip base, safety plate, large power button, rechargeable battery and no-mess collection drawer keep operation efficient and simple.
Brookstone Calming Weighted Throw Blanket
Weighted blankets have become popular as a therapeutic tool for reducing anxiety, improving sleep and promoting calm and relaxation. This version by Brookstone boasts a super-soft plush, machine-washable cover. It will feel like a warm hug to your beloved senior.
Written by Michelle Flores, Amada contributor.