The holiday season is upon us! When asked what they want as a Christmas present, most aging adults respond, “Don’t get me anything. I already have everything I need!

We always love to express our appreciation for the seniors in our lives, whether it’s a family member, friend or neighbor. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind when considering gift giving this year.

The most important gift that most seniors want is to spend time with their family. Visits are valuable, whether in person or virtual. The health status and preferences of the senior should be taken into account to determine the most suitable type of visit.

When visiting in person, sharing a celebratory meal with young and old can be a favorite family tradition. Here are some additional suggestions:

– View family photos or slides to reminisce about past vacations and share memories.

– Listen to their favorite holiday music together, and if that creates an impromptu song, go for it!

– Do a fun activity together, like baking holiday treats using a favorite family recipe or decorating the Christmas tree. Have young children color holiday pictures or make decorative paper snowflakes or chains to hang around grandparents’ house.

– Ask everyone to read a favorite holiday story together, especially if young children are on the tour.

– Play a simple game they like, like a card game that young and old can play.

– Ask the grandchildren to bring something to show and tell, such as a vacation project they worked on in school or a lesson from church.

– Does your loved one have a favorite holiday movie? Host a movie night with friends or family. Classics like “White Christmas,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and “A Christmas Story” are just a few ideas.

– Be sure to capture the holidays with a group family photo that can be displayed in the senior’s home to remind them how much they are loved.

Here are some gift ideas for seniors to consider:

– Pamper your loved one with a manicure, styling session, shave or grooming. It’s a great way to leave them feeling appreciated and in great shape for the holidays.

– Consider fleece or down slippers with rubber grippers on the bottom. Socks with grippers are another choice for keeping feet warm while helping to reduce the risk of falls or slips.

– Many older people still enjoy writing and receiving letters, so stationery gifts, a matching box of greeting cards, pens and stamps are a great gift. And when you receive one of these lovely cards, it’s a great gift to send a letter back!

– If your loved one has a favorite scent, prepare a small basket filled with their favorite shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion. Dry skin is often a problem for older people, so check out what’s best for their skin type.

– Large-print books and magazines are favorites for those who still enjoy reading, as are pen-and-paper Sudokus, crossword puzzles, activity books, brain games, word searches and puzzle books. coloring for adults.

– Games with large print and coins are great for passing the time. Large piece puzzles are also a big hit with older adults.

– Gift cards to a favorite store, such as a local grocery store, restaurant or cafe, are always greatly appreciated.

– Offer time! Take your neighbor out for a meal, then drive them around town to their appointments or help them with their errands. An extra person to take care of driving and parking, reaching high items on the grocery shelf, and loading heavy or bulky items into the car and home can make all the difference, especially in bad weather. . Shoveling a neighbor’s driveway or walk is a great way for older children to learn the importance of helping others.

A recent survey shows that what seniors want most is to stay in touch with their friends and family. Next on the list are practical and functional, and sometimes sentimental, gifts. Take these measures into consideration and your gift will surely be appreciated.

Happy Holidays to you and yours from all of us at Benedictine Living Community Crookston!

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