It’s the common question around the holidays – what do I get mom and dad? Outside another blanket, ornament, tie or golf club cover, here are our 10 gift-giving ideas for aging parents or loved ones at all different stages of living.
Capture mom’s life story (or dad’s and your grandparent’s)
There’s a lot to tell during a lifetime, and here is your chance to capture your mom’s story in her own words. Mom I Want to Hear Your Story is a guided journal with questions that will take your mom on a journey through her life, capturing memories and even uncover special things forgotten. It’s a #1 bestseller on Amazon, and available for under $9.00 and free shipping for Prime members. And, they have versions to help capture additional loved ones’ stories.
“My mom is 86 and as the youngest of four, there’s a lot of stories and memories I fear I’ve missed, shared Darlene O’Bryan, Communications and Marketing director. I’ve already placed my order and can’t wait to give it to my mom.
A handy gadget for getting in and out of the car
It doesn’t matter what age you are, getting in and out of the car can be a feat. The Handy Bar is nifty L-shaped handle fits into the U-latch on the driver and passenger doors and is easy to remove to close the door after getting in and out of the car. It’s light-weight, fits into a pocket or purse to use whenever needed. Check it out here
Keeping misplaced things findable
Where’s my keys? I can’t find the remote control. Where did I put the dog’s leash? If you hear this often from your loved one, help them start 2021 with the ESKY Wireless Locator Transmitter that can help track their most commonly misplaced items. The system comes with four color coded transmitters to place on your items, and just hit the corresponding key and listen for your item to beep. Now all your loved one has to do is remember where they put the transmitter!
Safeguarding family photos
Downsizing experts say one of the biggest struggles for clients is determining what to do with their treasured photos. There are a lot of options to choose from with Legacy Box, The Photo Vault and Memory Box being great places to start. Whether you want to send the photos off to be digitized or do it yourself, having these memories for years to come is the real gift.
Making a Smooth Connection
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s the importance of finding new ways to connect with loved ones. When it comes to virtual communications, our community expert, Adrian Judy, vice president of Information Technology, recommends the Google Nest Hub for Android users or Amazon Echo Show if you are an Apple family. According to Adrian, the Nest Hub and Echo Show have worked well for families to connect with residents during the pandemic. And when your parents aren’t catching up with you, they can stream shows, movies, podcasts and more.
Give mom a hand
Actually, this 35” extending grabber is better than an extra hand. This handy tool helps keep mom and dad off the step stools reaching for out-of-reach items. This Grip ‘n grab tool extends, pivots and makes it easy to grab things safely. Check out Amazon’s choice here.
Taking the slip out of showering
It might not be the most exciting gift, but it will definitely be an appreciated one. Add water and the bathroom can be a dangerous place. A suction shower handle is an easy assemble, no drilling required feature that adds peace of mind to both the recipient and their loved ones. There are a variety of options just make sure the one you purchase has a safety sensor. For instance, the DMI Bathroom Handle has a green indicator when properly attached and a red indicator when the bar needs to be reattached.
Make Life-Long Learning Easy
Staying safely at home has proven a challenge, especially for aging adults. Give the gift of learning from the experts. MasterClass gives access to the best of the best in their respective fields from art and entertainment, business, writing, music, food and science and tech to name a few. Right now, you can purchase two annual subscriptions for the price of one. That’s only $180 for a year of learning.
Not your average clubs
Clark Griswold may have been disappointed with the Jelly of the Month Club, but month of the club programs have come a long way. From flowers to beer and wine, books, crafts, gourmet foods, beauty, self-care, if you can think it you can probably find it. Just Google “Month Clubs” and explore the variety available. And, yes even jelly.
December 1, 2020