Finding great gifts for the elderly can be frustrating because, after all, they already seem to have everything. Well, it's true that finding the right gift for a senior can be challenging, but there are things you can give that will please them while keeping them active and healthy.
There is solid evidence that older people can continue to take part in activities and exercise that will motivate them to remain interested in the world around them. So, this is a great opportunity to find gifts for the elderly that lift them out of their sedentary lives and enhance elder health and well being.
4 Great Gift Ideas for Seniors
• Puzzles and Board Games – These gifts require the elderly to use and maintain cognitive abilities which can be lost if not stimulated. There are many crossword puzzle books on the market that are matched to specific cognitive abilities and that can be great fun. Scenic puzzles that have to be construction are also great as brain exercises and can even be treated and framed as interesting wall hangings. In addition, board and card games can be great for mental exercise and social interaction.
• Transportation to Senior Center or Other Social Organizations – Elderly people tend to believe they are poor either they really are or not. Often times, they will not take part in interesting activities because of transportation issues which cost money. Purchase tickets for Dial-A-Ride or other subsidized community transportation resources-or even taxi tokens – which will remove this obstacle. With transportation tickets or tokens in hand, they will probably feel obliged to use them in some way, and senior centers, bridge clubs, or other social gatherings are great ways to do it.
• Arts and Crafts – There are a wide variety of arts and crafts ideas that require direct involvement from seniors. The older love to reminisce and creating a photo album or scrapbook can be great fun and are useful brain exercises. Also, making candles, small statues, and other crafts or even painting a simple picture are very useful for creating the sense of pride at completing a project.
• Personal Involvement and Encourage – Probably the most important of the gifts for the elderly is personal contact and involvement in the activities or exercises being performed. Everyone wants attention and love and this need is even more pronounced with seniors. Spend time with the elderly to become a partner in their efforts to remain active and healthy, and the results will be very impressive.
These are a few winning ideas for gifts that will enhance elder health and well being while dispelling the fallacy that seniors "have everything they need."