Aging and the Holidays: Gift Ideas for the Elderly

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Picking out a gift for your aging loved one can be difficult – you want to get them something they’ll like but they may not want or need as many things at this point in their lives. Adults age in different ways and at different times, which is why it’s important to consider their health status and activity levels before picking out a gift.

For Active Adults:

  • A membership to the local YMCA or gym where they can exercise and take classes
  • A season pass or membership to a local symphony, theater or local speakers
  • A hobby basket based on their favorite activities
  • Low impact exercise equipment – just make sure to check with their physician about what activities are appropriate.

Safety items – things that may help them stay in their own home:

  • A personal emergency response system like Life Alert
  • Sign them up for a meal delivery program
  • A medication management device – some can remind them when to take their medication
  • Water bottles with measuring lines to make sure they track their water intake

Sentimental items or photos:

  • Custom photo booksCustom canvas
  • Custom photo calendar
  • For the hearing or visually impaired:
  • A talking watch or alarm
  • Audiobooks
  • Hearing amplification devices
  • Glucose monitors

Long-Term Care – for those in a smaller space:

  • Warm blankets
  • Socks
  • Comfortable clothing

Another great gift for your loved one is spending quality time with them! They may not want another thing, but would rather have time to spend with you and your family. Consider taking them out to eat, going for a walk, bringing them a meal or inviting them over for dinner.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Tiffany Reed is a geriatric specialist at Piedmont Senior Care, and a member of the Cone Health medical group.  Dr. Reed earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She completed her residency in internal medicine at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at Duke University Medical Center.