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A Directory of Senior Citizen Gift Ideas and Elder Care Articles

Updated on March 5, 2013

My articles are designed to help other senior caregivers who might tread along my path

As I cared for my aged Mom, Gertie, I spent a lot of time learning how to be a good elder caregiver. I started from scratch really as I had no children so my path to becoming a decent senior caregiver was a long and winding. Luckily for me (and, ultimately for Mom), I had the most easy senior citizen in the world for whom to care. Mom taught me very gently as we went along. Every day seemed to give her an opportunity to teach me what she needed. And, during those days, I spent a fair amount of time on the internet researching ways to make our lives easier. And, that's where the inspiration for most of the articles you'll find below came from.

I've strived to put my articles into categories below but some of my caregiving articles don't always fit into a mold. So, grab a cup of coffee, sit for a spell, and wander by any article you find interesting.

Note: to see an article, click on any picture below. You'll be taken to the appropriate gift guide for senior citizens or caregiving article. And, as always, comments are welcomed on any and all articles. You don't have to be a member of Squidoo to comment.

Pictures of that little old lady in a lot of my articles are of my adorable, wonderful Mother, Gertie - the man would be my Dad, Joe. They are loved so much even though they're no longer with me physically.

On being a caregiver

Being a caregiver for my Mom was both the hardest and most rewarding thing I've ever done - And, I would do it again.

Things I wish I had known when I became a caregiver

A day in the life of a caregiver's life

Caregiver stress - identifying symptom and overcoming the challenges

Anatomy of a caregiver - what makes me tick

Caregiver needs

Good Gifts for Caregivers

More Elder Care Caregiver experience talking

A sponge bath for mom

Taking the elderly on a cruise

Helping a hospitalized senior citizen

Caring for the elderly - birdwatching from a lazy boy recliner

The importance of routines when caring for the elderly

Cooking for the elderly

As a senior citizen caregiver, be prepared to adapt your recipes to dietary restrictions

As my Mom's appetite waned, I had to find creative ways to get calories into her. I cooked a lot of comfort foods from her youth such as matzo meal pancakes, beet borscht, and oatmeal raisin cookies. I also found ways to make smaller servings such as making chicken pot pies in muffin tins - they were the perfect size for her for dinner.

Cooking a low sodium diet

Healthy eating for senior citizens

A low sodium oven fried chicken recipe

Low sodium chicken pot pie recipe

Great gifts for senior citizens

My favorite gifts for senior citizens

I spent the last 5 years caring for my aging Mom, Gertie. During the time, we received a lot of gifts, the best of which are documented in the six articles below.

Click any picture below to see the full article. Note: the woman in the pictures is my adorable Mom. She was as beautiful inside as out.

Games for senior citizens

Wheelchair accessories for the senior citizen on the go

Daily living aids for the handicapped or disabled person

Talking alarm clocks for the elderly

Pill reminder systems for the elderly

Alarm systems for caregivers or in home health aides

Gifts for menopausal women

Keep elderly feet and hands warm with warming boots and gloves

Pill Boxes - for perfect Christmas or birthday gift for those on the go

Practical gifts for very elderly senior citizens

Senior Citizen Gift Ideas - from one who knows

Gifts for senior citizen cooks

Handicapped walkers, scooters, and wheelchair reviews

Wheelchairs, Walkers, and Scooters

Oh my!

I bought and traded quite a few handicap walkers during the 5 years Mom was with me, looking for just the right one. During that time, I did some pretty deep research and this series of articles is a result of that time spent.

Handicap walkers

Hugo elite rolling walker

The Kneebop Steerable knee walker

DuroMed 2 button adjustable folding walker

Drive Medical Fly Weight Transport Chair

DuroMed Steel 3 Wheel Rollator

Wheelchair accessories for the senior citizen on the goCHECK PRICE

Senior Citizen Health Care articles

Caregiving means acquiring a lot of new skills

Most of these articles came about as a result of minor crises (or rather, as we were going through them, they seemed like major crises at the time). Like the time Mom broke her hip and we were in rehab for 8 weeks...

Pnemonia symptoms in the elderly

Helping the elderly walk

Incontinence in the elderly

Preventing bedsores in the elderly

Understanding Sundowner Syndrome

Dementia symptoms in the elderly

Adjusting the elderly to rehab

Preventing falls in the elderly

Handicapped bathroom needs for a senior citizen

Helping the bedridden

Choosing hospice - when is it the right choice?

Senior citizen dental care

Articles to prepare the elderly and caregiver for death

Facing death with courage, love, and sadness too

As Mom entered the last stages of life, I was frightened because I didn't know what to expect. Sure, I had seen death a lot of times when I had to ease my beloved dogs to the next world, but when one is faced with the death of a mother or father (or sister in my case), it was a whole different ballpark.

I set off to learn about the signs and symptoms of death, and I found that I was no longer frightened. I'm hoping these articles help others gain the knowledge to become more compassionate and loving to those who are about to leave us.

Preparing for the death of a loved one

Death and dying - dealing with the restless patient

When death looms - the signs and symptoms of the last moments on earth

The long goodbye - when your job as a caregiver is ending

Life after death - my definitive guess

Mourning the loss of a loved one

No matter how old you are when a parent dies, you'll be mourning the loss

Even though my Mom was 95 when she died, her death still struck me hard as I had basically been 'married' to her since my Dad died 5 years previously. I will be eternally grateful to be her caregiver as I got to see a side of my Mom that few others experienced - I got to not only be my Mother's child but I got to mother my Mother too. I got to relate to my Mom on a different level - as an adult this time. We had a good run and shared a lot of laughs. She is well missed.

Writing a eulogy - some things to consider

Missing Mom - ways to cope with the death of a loved one

A year of firsts - surviving the first year after the death of a loved one

Bereavement gifts

Miscellaneous articles

As always, nothing ever fits into a nice neat category so here's some articles that I just wrote, mostly for fun:

Senior Citizen Flash Mobs

Things I promised my Mom I'd never do

Gin soaked raisins - an arthritis cure of old

Coloring fun for senior citizens

Senior citizen crafts

American attitudes toward the elderly

My mother, myself - the art of aging gracefully

Caringbridge,org - connecting friends and family

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Things I wish I had known when I became a caregiver

A day in the life of a caregiver's life

Caregiver stress - identifying symptom and overcoming the challenges

Anatomy of a caregiver - what makes me tick

Caregiver needs

Good Gifts for Caregivers

I really do hope that you found some value in one or more of my Squidoo articles and I'd like to stop you for coming by. But, I won't know whom to thank unless you leave me comments. Regardless, thanks in advance for dropping into my little section of the caregiving world.

~Lori

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Its amazing how much info you have put up about you, your mother and the care you have given to help pass that on to other. Great work.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was looking on the internet to find some options on how to care for my elderly parents in West Palm Beach, FL. I found a great website with lots of pertinent info. Check it out at www.seniorhomecareadvice.org maybe it can help you too.

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      selecthomecare 4 years ago

      Really fantastic article! I love that you have been able to share your story about caring for your mother. It's wonderful to see all the photos and read some of the ideas that you have come up with through being a personal caregiver.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am so happy that you took the time and care to give your mom a very loving comfortable life! I hope you find peace knowing that all you have done for your mom and shared with people like me is very much appreciated!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Visiting Angels is indeed a blessing. I needed someone to care for my mom who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. She suffers from Alzheimerâs and I live in England. I was able to choose the right caregiver for my Mom. The person was experienced and had excellent credentials. I have peace of mind knowing that Mom is in capable hands. You should check them out at www.visitingangels.com/palmbeaches (561-328-7611) if you need senior care services.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Thanks for putting all your wonderful and lovely lenses about Senior Citizen Gift Ideas and Elder Care Articles all in one place it is such a great resource for those experiencing this same situation. blessings.

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      I love the presentation. A real jem of a resource of great articles here!

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      An excellent lensography. A great example of how to pull together a body of work and make it even more accessible to people who need your information.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      I have enjoyed reading many of your lenses, the advice in them is invaluable, but I see there are many more to get through, this new layout really shows them up well.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      The more who read your wisdom and experience, the better.

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      aishu19 5 years ago

      These are useful resources for everyone who needs to care for elder members. Very valuable indeed.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      What a wonderful selection of resources for caregivers. So many people will benefit from what you share here.

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Also blessed this chronicle of your journey as a caregiver for your mom and the many lessons learned and shared.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      @SheGetsCreative: Thanks so much! When I was putting this article together, I was surprised at how many photos of Mom I had used!

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      What a great implementation. Love it how you implemented the lensography. Well done. Blessed.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Nice to see so many of Gertie's smiling faces! *blessed