Some thoughtful and practical gifts for an elderly family member or friend.
1. An Organized Gift
Perhaps your father would enjoy a little organization. He’s had several years to collect a significant amount of papers, knick-knacks, prescriptions, and other items.
You could offer your organizational skills by going through important things such as documents or prescriptions. It’s also a great opportunity to discover issues that need to be addressed, such as wills, bank accounts, and even any health changes. For example, when going through his prescriptions, you might notice she is not taking them properly.
2. A Custom “Maid” Gift
Offer a weekly or bi-weekly cleaning for your mother. It may be difficult for her to see the dust and dirt like she did at one time. You could either hire out this service, or do it yourself. This not only provides a cleaner dwelling for her, but a little company at the same time.
3. A Little Pampering
Consider taking your elderly neighbor for a pedicure, manicure, massage, or a hair appointment. This pampering will feel wonderful, and may even be necessary. As people age, their nails tend to harden, especially with various health conditions. So, providing a pedicure service when they can no longer do it themselves is a great gift.
3. A Timeless Gift
It’s not surprising that the elderly are often lonely. Many times a spouse has already passed, as well as a number of friends. Not to mention, you have your own busy life to live. But, while making the time takes some effort, creativity, and consistency…it also makes a wonderful gift.
Keep in mind though, the elderly will appreciate just 30 minutes of your time, but they typically won’t ask for it. So, organize a calendar with scheduled visits and outings, which will give them something to look forward to each week or month. Coordinate this with others, rather than everyone visiting on the same day. Here are a few simple things that could bring great joy to their day:
• Afternoon Coffee
• Grocery Shopping
It doesn’t have to be an elaborate plan…just a little time, spread out over the holiday period to diminish the lonely times that many face.