It doesn't matter how old you are; Christmas time often brings out the kid in all of us. Seniors are no different. While the holidays are not about money or gifts, it's rewarding to see other people's faces light up with joy when they open a gift they love. If you are stuck on what to buy the loved ones in your life, check out our suggestions based on the type of gift you'd like to give.
Gifts for Cognition
Studies show that doing brain exercises can forestall dementia and is an effective treatment in keeping Alzheimer's symptoms at bay. Since seniors are more susceptible to dementia, giving gifts that are not only fun but promote cognition are a fantastic option. Bananagrams is a fun, simplified, Scrabble-like game that helps with vocabulary and is suitable for all ages. Ideal for a family game night! If you have a larger budget, consider buying your senior an iPad as a gift. iPads (or other tablets) have large screens and endless amounts of senior-friendly apps to stimulate brain functions.
A great gift idea, which comes in a variety of useful items, is personalized memorabilia. Companies like Shutterfly.com do everything from photo mugs and canvases to pillows and blankets! Personalize any of these senior-friendly gifts with images of you, them and the rest of your family. Shutterfly almost always offers discount codes and has fast turnaround time, so it’s the perfect last-minute option.
Gifts for Playtime
Having fun isn’t limited to children, seniors love to have a good time too! Toys are known to brighten anyone's day, so consider some for your older loved ones. Companies like Hasbro make toys specifically for seniors such as Companion Pup. Companion Pup is a life-like doll that provides entertainment for those who are no longer able to care for animals. This toy feels and sounds like a puppy does, and is intelligent enough to react to a person's voice with barks and other interactions.
The Gift of Quality Time
One of the most memorable gifts is something that fits into anyone's budget: the gift of quality time. If your loved one doesn't lack for material goods or has little use for any of the above suggestions, look into just spending time with them. Whether you spend time just talking, completing a craft, visiting their favorite restaurant or even taking a nature walk. These simple activities can make the biggest impact and are the most meaningful for you and your loved one.
No matter what gift you decide to give, make sure you cherish another year with family, whether they are close or far away! Fieldstone Communities wishes you and your family a magical Christmastime!