Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Aging Parents-Holiday Gifts: When Small Gifts Mean a Great Deal

We know the holidays can be a difficult time for many.  Yet there's an opportunity to bring a sliver of  joy to them as we try to help parents and grandparents and older people age well.
What may be a little thing to us--(making a nursing home basket like those featured on my blog last week) can surprise with its impact.
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Dear Ladies,
My nice little plant is doing very nicely and is happy.  The Christmas tray and notepaper plus pens are a wonderful gift.  We are all very appreciative of all the goodies you sent to us. You make our holidays much more exciting. We are old and sick, not dead. I hope you all know that your thoughtfulness is appreciated.

My Christmas basket from last year still decorates my room.
Thank you and God Bless.
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While no more important than a gnat's eyelash when compared with the challenges of the older people in nursing homes, normal age-related changes affect many people's eyesight as well as strength as they age.  For them two of my most favorite, most  helpful small gifts (pictured below):
  1. A wonderfully-designed pocket magnifying glass--with LED light that gives light and 3x magnification with a simple pull. $9.99 at the Container Store. (It also comes in a low vision model  called "Low Vision Amber Contrast.)"  The website has more details and lists additional stores.   http://www.lightwedge.com/Shop/On-The-Go/Pocket-Magnifier-with-LED-Light.  In addition, the Container Store's site has reviews:  http://reviews.containerstore.com/1626/10017878/led-pocket-magnifier-reviews/reviews.htm  
  2. The best jar opener I've ever used, no matter the size of the screw-top--and it's FREE: a wide rubber band (found on produce in grocery stores or produce markets).  Note below how it grips the cap on the jar/bottle.  Older people's grips weaken, making twisting off tops more difficult.  Rubber band to the rescue.  Just twist and turn.  PS--it takes up no room. 
Gifts needn't be large or expensive, we know that.  Sometimes, as we also know, it's the little things that mean the most.  And both of these gifts--as well as the baskets for those in nursing homes--enhance older people's exisence and--in many cases--contribute to their aging well.

Magnifying Glass and Rubber Bands
Please visit: http://helpparentsagewell.com.
My new site.  Same post, more information.

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