Loneliness, Economy Challenge Seniors This Holiday

by Lois Etienne on November 25, 2011

in Holiday

Are you shopping today? You have more energy than I do! Are you perplexed about what to get the senior in your life this holiday season? That older adult on your shopping list may well be facing two challenges: the economy that has seniors looking for basic items they can no longer afford and the loneliness that many seniors encounter because families may not be able to visit.

Many seniors, including those in care communities, could have no one to visit them during the holidays this year as families cut travel expenses and treasured family time. So the most valuable gift is companionship.

That’s why the Home Instead Senior Care® network has developed a gift guide of presents that seniors may not be able to afford, but that can bring families together. Following are several suggestions:

  1. A newspaper subscription – Some of your senior loved one’s fondest memories could revolve around life at the dinner table discussing the day’s events. A subscription to a daily newspaper can help them continue that tradition with you.
  2. DVD player and favorite DVDs – A DVD player will help your older adult enjoy their favorite old movies. But it will be much more special if you bring the popcorn and make a night of it.
  3. Tickets to a sporting event or play – What better treat than tickets for your senior loved one and the rest of the family to attend a play or favorite team event?
  4. Scenic train or boat trip – Many communities have day excursions – such as scenic train or boat trips – which can serve as great incentives for seniors to get out and about.
  5. A calendar – Create a calendar with activities that are going on in your family’s life so a senior can feel a part of them. Check online; there are many resources for personalizing calendars with family photos.

If you’re looking for other gift ideas, consider the Homemade Memories Cookbook, which features family recipes and stories. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Home Instead Senior Care Foundation. If you can’t be there with an older loved one, remember that the next best thing is the gift of companionship services. Call your local Home Instead Senior Care office today for more information.

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Sarah Chatterton January 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm


Thank you for the tastebook.com website! My family and I love to make and share new recipes, what a wonderful way to save it all for years to come.



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