Looking for the perfect gifts for senior citizens in assisted living this holiday season?
The holiday season is upon us, and you most likely have already started shopping for your loved ones. We know that finding that perfect gift can be difficult, so we’ve compiled a list of ideas for gifts for senior citizens in assisted living.
For the Crafter:
Adult Coloring Book: Who says you cannot color as a senior citizen? Exactly! Adult coloring books have become more popular over the last couple of years. Coloring these elaborate illustrations can also help ease stress for some. So, grab some crayons and color pencils and create a few masterpieces.
Yarn Tote: No one likes disorganized yarn. It’s a bad time for everyone. Yarn totes or knitting bags can help keep the yarn in order and help make the
knitting or crocheting in order. In addition, these bags also help make transporting your yarn and projects much more manageable.
Favorite Craft Store Gift Card: Crafting is a serious business, and crafty people know what they want when it comes to their projects. Money for crafts is always a plus, especially if you offer to take them yourself.
For the Reader:
Monthly Book Club Subscription: There are several different monthly subscription services out there. Many will take your likes and interests to select a perfect book for you each month. Brilliant Books provides personalization and flexibility in their book selection. They share that no two readers are the same and their service gets that.
E-Reader: For those seniors who are more tech-savvy, Kindles, Nooks, and other E-readers out there make it easier to access a plethora of books right at your fingertips. In addition, E-readers are also a lot lighter than carrying around all the books your bookworm is reading.
Reading Socks: We know what you’re thinking. Reading socks cannot be a real thing! But they are, and they’re super comfy too! They’re a great gift for readers and non-readers alike. Not to mention, they keep your toes warm, and they’re nice to lounge around the house in.
For the Writer:
Personalized Stationary: Letter writing is an art, and it’s something that shouldn’t go away. Get your loved one some personalized stationary to write letters to you, family, or friends. Moreover, there’s nothing better than receiving a handwritten note from someone you love.
Greeting Card Packs: They’ll never miss an opportunity to send a card with greeting card variety packs. These packs come with greeting cards for every occasion and are available in several different designs. You might want to include a book of stamps or two as well.
Writing Pens: If you’re going to write a letter or card, you will need a writing utensil. There are plenty of nice pens out there. You can also get pens personalized or monogrammed to include your loved one’s name to make it even more special.
For the Napper:
Bathrobe: Sometimes you want to lounge around and drink your coffee in the morning. What a better way to do it than in a bathrobe? Robes offer a luxurious feel close to home. Bathrobes also help you stay warm after a bath or shower.
Fleece Blanket: Is your loved one prone to getting cold? A fleece blanket will help keep them warm in bed or on the couch.
Aromatherapy Pillow Mist: Is your loved one having trouble sleeping at night? Essential oils have become all the rage, and aromatherapy pillow mist can aid in helping them get a good night’s sleep. These are also available in a variety of scents.
For A Loved One with Dementia:
Music: A senior’s favorite music on a simple mp3 player is such a sweet gift to give. Researchers believe music can help boost brain activity. Emotions and memories are tied in the music we listen to and singing engages and stimulates the brain. By sharing their favorite tunes, you can bring a lot of happy memories to your loved one.
Puzzles: Puzzles are helpful for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s as it helps bring cognitive stimulation as they engage the brain in critical thinking. There are also puzzles available for seniors in the varying stages of dementia.
Photo Album or Scrapbook: Another way to preserve memories is by creating a scrapbook that withholds your loved one’s story. Furthermore, it will allow them to keep their memories close and alive as they read through the various captions and stories.
Activities Books: A huge part of caring for seniors with dementia is keeping them stimulated and active throughout the day. Activity books can help provide this. Crosswords, word searches and spot the differences activity books are great. Additionally, there are activity books out there made specifically for seniors with dementia.
Have other ideas for gifts for seniors? Share them with us! Looking to give the gift of Assisted Living? Schedule a tour of our community to experience the Renaissance Lifestyle for yourself.