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.
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.
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Updated from original February 25, 2016 post