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    Holiday gift ideas for seniors

    submitted by Dan Fernandez, The Birches at Newtown, www.thebirchesatnewtown.com

    Struggling to find the perfect gift for Grandma or your aging father? What do you get for the person who has 75 years’ worth of “stuff”?

    Instead of giving them the usual sweaters or socks, consider items focusing on nutrition, wellness, socialization and safety.

    Cooking can become a chore for seniors living at home. A home food delivery service may help in several ways. It eliminates the frequent shopping trips and assures that your loved one is getting a balanced, healthy diet.

    Silver Cuisine by bistroMD and Schwan’s provide an a la carte menu, including special selections for heart-healthy, gluten-free, and low sodium diets; all you need to do is heat and eat.

    You can make the selections a surprise, or create a bonding experience by choosing meals together.

    Encouraging your family members to maintain their wellness and social interactions will help them live a long, healthy life.

    Certificates to senior-specific health and wellness classes are great gifts because they can try it without a financial obligation.

    A gift of an automatic pill dispenser ensures your family members take their required daily medications. Stimulate socialization with concert tickets or special daytrips.

    As senior family members age, they become more susceptible to injuries and falls. There are several gadgets available promoting safety.

    A grabbing device helps retrieve items from the floor or the top shelf. Medical alert devices, when activated, alert others to your family members in case of a fall or medical problem.  

    Hectic schedules keep us from spending quality time with our senior family members. The golden years of adult life should be a flourishing time.

    If they are withdrawing or don’t appear to be thriving independently, consider the benefits of a senior living community or homecare assistance – these services may be the greatest gift you can give.