5 Ways To Show Your Seniors Some Love #Christmas

It was below zero but she was out doing her shopping.

Photo credit: kennethkonica via Foter.com / CC BY-ND

This time of year should be about love, gratitude, family and friends.

Right about now, you are probably buying gifts for the special people in your life – your significant other, your children, or maybe even people at your office.

But are you remembering the older people around you like your parents, grandparents or maybe even that friendly elderly neighbor who lives alone next door?

If you are, kudos to you! It could be as simple as a visit or a phone call – it’s the thought that counts. If you haven’t, don’t feel badly. It’s not too late to do something kind for them.

Having a few “seasoned” folks in my life, I’m always thinking about things that will make their life easier and “safer” in ways that would not think about.

I’m re-sharing a list of some of the things that I did as part of a “February Valentine” for them but that could also apply to winter and/or the holiday season. You may even want to do a few of these for yourself!

And again, I’m not endorsing any particular products and I’m not being paid to speak to any of the products/brands mentioned. The videos included are only examples of what I’m speaking about:

1. Ice grips: When the weather conditions are icy, ice grips help avoid nasty spills and possibly broken hips/arms. They cost about $30 and could save lots of unnecessary pain for older folks. Why not buy them a pair and get some for yourself while you’re at it? Just remember to take them off once inside and walking on smooth surfaces. I have my own pair and they are a great investment.

2. 10 year smoke detectors: A little more expensive than the regular ones because of the lithium batteries but worth it since there is no need to change the batteries for 10 years (but test them monthly). I followed the recommendation and installed additional ones in each bedroom. Frying pans/pots forgotten on the stove or items turned on for 30 minutes instead of 3 minutes in the microwave are not unusual occurrences with some seniors so additional alarms a great idea.

3. a fire extinguisher: Install it in an easily accessible place in the kitchen and show them how to use the P.A.S.S method. Then have them explain it back to you. In case of a SMALL emergency, they will have a better idea of what to do but GETTING OUT AND CALLING 911 is most important!

4. an easy-grip can opener: there is nothing more frustrating than trying to open a jar when you suffer from arthritis or lack of strength in your hands and there’s no one around to help.

5. blister packs for medications: if they are dealing with lots of different medications, paying the small fee for the pharmacist to set up this up is worth it. Mismanaged pills can lead to very scary results and death. Blister packs means no more managing pills and forgetting which ones were already taken.

Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos above.

Content ©2016 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.

Updated from original February 25, 2016 post

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22 thoughts on “5 Ways To Show Your Seniors Some Love #Christmas

  1. Love this post! Sometimes our seniors are unintentionally forgotten, and they do enjoy receiving gifts just like the rest of us.

    I belonged to a group called Helping Hands for Seniors in my home state, and the three favorite gifts were warm socks, a good solar powered flashlight with an easy grip, and a magnifying glass! Sight is something we take for granted in our younger years, but age brings an all too large variety of eye problems that even corrective lenses can’t always solve. Many seniors, especially those who enjoyed reading, said their magnifying glasses were their favorite or most used item.

    I found this one on Amazon for 13.99, but have purchased them in Target and Walmart for $7-$10.

    http://www.amazon.com/Handheld-Magnifying-Interchangeable-Magnification-Magnifier/dp/B019A67DCC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1456425264&sr=8-4&keywords=flashlight+for+seniors

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  2. Wonderful tips! Yes, the ice grippers are a necessity for anyone living in wintry areas (especially our seniors). To slip on just to check the mail and grab the newspaper! My older relatives always ask for blankets- and my Grandma would routinely ask for reading glasses. I solved the mystery of the missing glasses with a variety of fashionable necklace style chains she’d wear around her neck. Have a great day.
    Blessings, Crystal

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  3. I found this one on Amazon for 13.99, but have purchased them in Target and Walmart for $7-$10.
    I belonged to a group called Helping Hands for Seniors in my home state, and the three favorite gifts were warm socks, a good solar powered flashlight with an easy grip, and a magnifying glass!

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