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Practical gifts for very elderly senior citizens - Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or Birthday

Updated on October 1, 2014

Practical gifts for very elderly senior citizens - like my 95 year old Mom, Gertie

Note: to readers - This article, Practical Gifts For Very Elderly Senior Citizens was first written in 2011 when I was caring for my elderly Mom, Gertie. Mom lived with me 5 years prior to her death in 2012. She is well missed but her legacy carries on, partly through this article. So, here goes:

Christmas is approaching and, if you have a senior citizen loved one, you might want to know of some of our favorite practical gifts for senior citizens.

These practical gifts for the elderly are items that I thought about during my 95 year old Mom's stay in a nursing home rehab for a broken hip. Thankfully, Gert (said Mom) is back up and walking around like a champ. I was able to bring her home after a month in the hospital and rehab but not before I stocked my house with the most needed items to care for a very elderly senior citizen.

Similar to setting up a home to deal with young children, I find that I have to "mom-proof" my own house to ensure her safety. I've put together the most practical gifts for very elderly senior citizens I could come up with. There's probably gift items on this article which you've never thought about - at least I hope so. In fact, Mother's Day is right around the corner, and, even though these senior citizen gift ideas may not be particularly sexy or fun, they'll probably all be welcomed at some point or other.

The picture there to the right is of my darling Mom snuggling with one of my littlest dogs, Margarita, my adorable adoptee from St. Croix. I caught them in bed and grabbed the camera. Boy am I glad I did as it's one of my favorite pictures ever.

Update 9/20/12: Mom died Feb 15, 2012, going very peacefully while surrounded by friends and family in my home. She had as successful a death as she did a successful life. She is well missed. Come read my most important article When Death Looms - the Signs and Symptoms of the Last Moments on Earth

Update 12/10/12: I've gotten a few comments from folks who disagree that this article contains good gifts for senior citizens. I stand by my choices. These are PRACTICAL gifts! That means these are things that make life a little easier to live; these gifts will allow senior citizens to remain more independent for as long as possible. And, if you feel that these gifts are not good gifts, that's certainly your choice - but I stand by my recommendations.

Gifts for an elderly woman
I know all about gifts for an elderly woman as I cared for my elderly mom, Gertie, for the last 5 years of her life. I used to kid mom that every day was Mot...

Gifts for an elderly father
My Dad died in 2007 at 89 years of age so I got pretty good in finding gifts for an elderly father for Father's Day or any other day of the year.

Father's Day presents for Dads or Grandfathers don't have to be expensive. In fact, expense has nothing to do with finding a great gift for an elderly father.

'Make a Memory' Books

Jog some senior memories with the aid of these great books

Purchasing one of these life experiences book will not only be a great present for a senior citizen, but just think of the joy you'll bring future generations. How cool will it be to see a story or thoughts written in great-great Grandmother or Grandfather's own hand? These books get the conversation flowing by asking simple questions such as 'what lessons did you most like in school' or 'what was your first job?' These are fabulous practical gifts for very elderly senior citizens - or anyone for that matter!

Come Visit Me At

I started up my own website last year (2013) to showcase the very best gifts for a senior citizen, such as day clocks (they tell the day of the week along with the time), photo phones (these have pictures instead of memory dial number) and some gorgeous night lights. Just visit me at the link below to see some excellent gifts: Best Sellers

Adaptive Car Items

Make getting into or out of a car a bit easier for your favorite senior citizen

My Mom stopped driving when she was 75 (she was smart that way) but she became an excellent passenger. She would go anywhere I asked her to so, on weekends, we might well be heading up to my cabin in West Virginia for some R&R. But, getting her into my SUV was a bit of a hassle until I found these swivel seats. It was much easier for her to slide into the seat and simply swivel around to face front. These swivel seats are a great gift for your favorite senior citizen.

And, as a nice accompaniment to the swivel seat, about every senior citizen needs a hand getting into or out of a car. That's where the HandyBar comes in, well, handy (sorry, had to put in that pun). Just lodge it into the car door and it will hold up to to 350 lbs.

My new Kindle book is available! - Senior Citizen Caregiving 101: Things I wish I had known

Senior citizen caregiving 101: Things I wish I'd known
Senior citizen caregiving 101: Things I wish I'd known

I just published my new Kindle eBook about senior citizen caregiving. It contains 15 chapters of helpful guidance for new caregivers and 5 bonus "Gertie-isms" - funny things that my Mom, Gertie, came up with.

Click the link in the text to the left to see this and other day clocks.
Click the link in the text to the left to see this and other day clocks.

Clocks to tell the day and time

When I was caring for Mom, there were days on end that neither of us knew the time, let alone the day. In fact, there were times we weren't sure of where we were, date-wise, in the month. There was just too much going on to focus on the time or day.

So, I really wish someone had told me about Day Clocks - you can click that link to see day clocks on my website (there's a whole slew of them there). Day clocks come in a few varieties but my favorite day clock is this digital model that makes it very easy to view the readout. Digital clocks also might be less confusing for those with Alzheimer's or dementia as they don't have to look at the hands of a clock to tell the time or day.

I find this one to be less confusing, especially for an older person who might have trouble distinguishing the little hand, the big hand, and the day hand on a clock.

These day clocks come in wood or metal so they should work with any d├ęcor.

Adaptive Writing Implements

Pen Again Adaptive Writing Pens and Pencils

Pen Again items, also called 'finger pens' help those arthritic fingers hold onto a pen. They come in a variety of colors although the style is the same. These pens are great for anyone who has trouble handling small implements. In fact, I just bought myself one!

The Pen Again is available in pen or pencil.

Magnifying Floor Lamps

A nice floor lamp WITH magnifier might be just what the doctor orders

Heck, I think I like this floor lamp with magnifier for myself! If your favorite senior citizen loves to do needlework or work crossword puzzles, a floor magnifying lamp is a great present. It sure would make reading the paper a lot easier.

The head on the Mighty Bright Floor Light and Magnifier even adjusts up and down so it's easy to change its position depending on the activity.

This floor magnifying lamp can run on regular power or even off three batteries. And, with LED lights, the lights will last seemingly forever.

Seat Life Assists

Seat Lift Assists

There are many many expensive chairs on the market that have electronic seat lifts but, if you don't want to spend the money on an expensive model, this seat lift is for you.

Just place it on any chair and it will help your elderly senior citizen stand on their own two feet. I particularly like that this seat assist life is portable so can be toted to a movie theater, restaurant, or anywhere you elderly loved one needs a little help standing.

With a hydraulic lifting mechanism, the seat lift assist requires no electricity. The standard model lifts from 95-220 lbs and the plus model lifts 240 to 340 lbs.

Standers Able Tray

Give 'em something to hold onto

Not only is this a great idea, it's very handy too. This Standers Tray swings away to give your elderly loved one something to grab hold of when they need to get in or out of their comfortable chair. Anything that helps keep a senior citizen from losing their balance is great in my book - I only wish I'd known of this when I was caring for my elderly Mom.

Note: one reviewer on mentioned that the Standers Tray worked well even with a lift chair like that shown above. And, To see a whole lot more items to assist the elderly in standing, check out my website page Standing Aids.

More of my articles about elder caregiving

For the 5 years prior to Mom's death at 95 years of age, I was her primary caregiver. I learned more during those 5 years than I could ever have imagined which is why I've written some of the below article. You'll find a few links to some health articles and also more gift ideas for the elderly.

Gifts for an elderly woman
Here's some great gifts for an elderly woman.

Gifts for an elderly father
Gift ideas for an elderly dad like, Joe, my darling father there in the picture.

Magazines for Senior Citizens
Magazines are the gift the keeps on giving. Here's some great magazines for the elderly.

Games for senior citizens
Another fun article about keeping the elderly entertained.

Coloring fun for senior citizens
Help the elderly stay interested with some great coloring books. These are not your grandchildren's coloring books!

When death looms - the signs and symptoms of final moments on earth
My most important article. I wrote this one when Mom was dying and I was scared. Once I understood what would happen, it was like a release. I was with her when she died and it wasn't scary at all. It was loving.

Pneumonia Symptoms In The Elderly
Another important article if you're a caregiver - you should be able to recognize the signs of pneumonia in the elderly. They might not be what you think - at least, my Mom's signs weren't.

Talking alarm clocks for the elderly
Talking alarm clocks can prompt the elderly to take their pills. That's a good thing.

Call systems for caregivers or in home health aides
Particularly if your elderly loved on wanders, a good alarm system will keep them safe and keep you informed.

Photo Phones

Photo phone add-ons make calling people much easier

Perhaps your elderly loved one already is in love with that phone from 1950 - how do you help them dial it? These photo phone add-ons are a great way to ease their dialing woes. All you have to do is load up some pictures and connect these photo dialers to any phone. They're perfect with those with failing eyesight or arthritic fingers. So much easier to punch one button with a face on it instead of having to figure out whose speed dial is whose.

To see actual photo phones (the below are just add ons to existing phones), check out my own website - Great Photo Phones For Senior Citizens.

Personal hygiene becomes more difficult to perform as we age

Keep these items on hand, just in case

I used to shower my Mom once a week, when she was able. In between showers, I used the below washcloths (they heat up right in the microwave) to sort of "wipe her down." I'd apply a nice lotion afterwards - she always thanked me for making her feel fresh.

The no-rinse shampoo is nice also although I liked the shampoo cap (also heats in the microwave) better - less messy. Just heat it, put it on the head, give it a little massage, take it off and, voila, damp, clean hair.

Warming Shawls

Shawls With Pockets

Mom received one of these shawls with pockets, and I thought it was just plain old goofy until I saw it in action.

This 35 Below Pocket Shawl is just the right weight to keep the chill of Mom's old bones. All I have to do is put it around her shoulders and she does the rest - any caregiver will love doing less...These shawls are as useful inside a cool room as outside on a windy day. In fact, Mom uses hers just about everywhere.

Here's a few more of my articles that you might find helpful:

Handicap walkers
My 94 year old Mom, Gertie, uses a handicap walker, and we've gone through a few to find the cream of the crop. Handicapped walkers come in all sizes and sha...

Drive Medical FW19BL Fly-Weight Transport Chair
...And, if my mom were to answer the question, it would be to ride in her Drive Medical Flyweight Transport Chair. As the full time caregiver for my 94 yea...

Hugo Portable Rollator Walker with Seat, Backrest and 8 Inch Wheels
My Mom used a walker as she aged, but she didn't use anything as fancy as the Hugo Portable Rollator Walker with Seat, Backrest and 8 Inch Wheels. No siree B...

Hugo Elite Rolling Walker with Seat, Backrest and Saddle Bag
Here's my theory: if you need a 4 wheel handicap walker, why not go with the best, and that's exactly what the Hugo Eite Rolling Walker with seat, backrest a...

Duro-Med 2-Button Adjustable Aluminum Folding Walker with 5 Inch Wheels
As one who cares for her 94 year old mother, I'm intimately aware of the benefits of using just the right walker and the Duro-Med 2-Button Adjustable Aluminu...

Duro-Med Steel 3-Wheel Rollator
The Duro-Med Steel 3-Wheel Rollator is just the right choice for a portable, reliable, stylish handicap walker. The 3 wheels on this walker give stablility f...

Call Buttons and Alarms

A call button and alarm - Practical gifts for senior citizens

When my Mom was towards the end of her long life, I hired caregivers to sit with her as I went to get some rest. But, on the nights when i was on call, we had all kinds of systems by which she could reach me. The simplest was a large bell as even confused individuals can usually figure that out. And, the most evolved was the call button system below. I loved it and, during the times when Mom was most lucid, this was her favorite system too.

Here's an article I wrote that has many more Alarm systems for caregivers or in home health care aides.

Smart Caregiver Two Call Buttons & Wireless Caregiver Pager
Smart Caregiver Two Call Buttons & Wireless Caregiver Pager

Give your elderly loved on the call button (either on a lanyard around their neck or hang it on their bed within easy reach) and all they have to do is push the button to send a signal to the receiver which you'll have. This works to within 100' of the receiver which is a pretty big distance.


I've been "married to my Mom" for 5 years now, since Dad died. It's both the hardest and most rewarding time of my life. But, man, I knew there was a reason I didn't have children - this is a lot of work!

I'd love to hear your comments or ideas about other practical gifts for very elderly senior citizens.

Got senior citizens? - I sure do - I'd love to hear your comments

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      Judy 17 months ago

      Great ideas! I'm running late this Christmas and am trying to find some things for my 95 year old mum. I'm going to get that floor lamp with the magnifier, but want some other things too. She already has quite a few of your suggestions. I was just so pleased to see this page after I googled. Merry Christmas everyone!

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      Monica 3 years ago

      Gift Basket Service: Trying to provide for everyone’s tastes will be an enormous challenge, so choose a niche market such as pet lovers, animal lovers, women, men, teenagers or seniors and cater for their specific needs. If you have hand made products such as soaps, why not create a gift basket service around your product? Try to find something unique that will give your service that extra boost. Do some research on what the people in your chosen niche would like to buy?.

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      biorra2 4 years ago

      Great Lens:)

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I like the photo dialer and will have to look into that for my mom. It is getting harder and harder for her to dial the buttons on a regular phone.

      Her favorite thing from us is chocolate and more chocolate. Next favorite thing is books, mostly novels, with twists and surprises especially loved.

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      RuthieDenise 4 years ago

      What a great lens. You can feel the love.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Back to review this lens that is so relevant to so many people, and to do more social bookmarking.

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      RaintreeAnnie 4 years ago from UK

      What a wonderful page of gift ideas, this is certainly useful to me with my elderly Mum. I will check out your website as well. Thank you

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Wonderful and practical suggestions here. Thank you! Many of these would be great for my 91 year old mother.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love this Lens and the great gift ideas it lists for the seniors. We love seniors in southwest Florida and have the highest concentration of seniors than anywhere in the U.S. Our agency provides compassionate non-medical home senior care. Check eliteseniorcompanions online

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Photo phones! What a great idea. Never seen them before

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      CaztyBon 5 years ago

      interesting ideas, nice practical lens.

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      CaztyBon 5 years ago

      interesting ideas, nice practical lens.

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      mrdata 5 years ago

      Valuable and useful gifts here! Thanks for all our ideas!

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      myoyster1957 5 years ago

      Some great ideas here, I never know what to get my mother. Have a good day

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      KatieSanderson 5 years ago

      Another great idea for gifts for the elderly is the Great Call phone; keeps my mother safe and gives me peace of mind! Check it out

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      texan203 lm 5 years ago

      Fantastic list of gifts. Great lens! Many of these gifts are perfect for the not so very elderly also.

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      Random thoughts2 5 years ago

      You simply added some of the great gifts here.

      Liked your lens ... its great

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      millerandrea 5 years ago

      Interesting lens you have added here for very elderly senior citizens - Christmas, Valentine's Day, Birthday. Nice to see this lens, thanks for sharing.

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      missesq10 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love shopping for my grandparents:)

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      Art Inspired 5 years ago

      Thanks for putting together all these great ideas and options. Make it a creative day!

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      slotowngal 5 years ago

      Wonderful collection of products for seniors!

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      irminia 5 years ago

      How very thoughtful you have put all these items together!

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      chas65 5 years ago

      There are some items on your list that I would like. I think anything that will make life easier for the elderly is a big benefit. Sometimes it is as helpful for the care givers as well.

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      pretyfunky 5 years ago

      This is great lens, i really like it. thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm looking for a small flashlight that is REALLY easy to turn on (little/no hand strength necessary) for my elderly mother-in-law. Any suggestions?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is great, thank you for your sharing, I really like them. :)

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      Gregory Moore 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      My grandmother always loved getting a warm quilt and a comfortable pair of slippers. Gifts that provide comfort are always a great choice.

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Looks like a superb collection to me. We all devise ways of coping as things become more difficult - anything which eases those troubles has to be worthwhile. A pill crusher might not sound sexy but look at it as being responsible for the gift of independence and freedom from pain and it becomes a very good present.

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      impossible to please everyone, i think you made a great selection

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      What a sweet lady, Gertie. So blessed to see this. My parents both just got Jitterbugs and they really like them. I saw several items like the strap for getting in and out of cars, that may work for me now!! Blessings on this lens.

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      javr 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you for introducing Gertie to us.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You were the best daughter/caregiver ever! What a lucky mama to have had you! Your ideas are awesome.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really practical gifts

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      My father-in-law had ALS and the recline and lift chair was so so helpful. He had several of these items you've featured actually. Great suggestions. Blessed ;)

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Your intro picture was so cute - your mother looked really happy. You have some great ideas and practical gifts for elderly senior citizens - can't wait to get to 80 so I can try them out! I particularly liked the sticks to help people rise from armchairs - I hadn't seen them before.Blessings

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      So many wonderful ideas here. I get the sense your Mom had the best care in her final years and I'm sure you will be missing her sorely this Christmas!

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      cjbmeb14 lm 5 years ago

      Good lens nice to see practical gifts.

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      MelanieMurphyMyer 5 years ago

      This is beautiful. I adore the photo of your mom snuggling with her doggie. I agree with you that these are great, practical gifts- A few years ago, my sister handed my elderly Nana a Christmas present... Nana eagerly opened it, thinking she knew what it was, based on the size and shape. Well, when it was revealed to be a lovely rolled up fleece throw, Nana tossed it aside and said, "Oh, I don't need that; I was hoping it was a roll of paper towels!" Haha. She's a trip.

      Thanks for writing this page. I am sorry for your loss, as I'm sure you miss her. I noted the way you updated the page to let your readers know this news, and I think that works well. My heart breaks as I must also find a way to update my cystic fibrosis remedies page to share that my 25 year old daughter's long, hard battle with cystic fibrosis has finally come to an end. I believe that she is happy and healthy now in some sort of other world/heaven, but I miss her terribly.

      Thanks again for a lovely page. Blessed by a new SquidAngel. 0:-)

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Awesome gift ideas, absolutely fabulous! Thanks for sharing what you learned while caring for your mother. She was blessed to have you!

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      bt55 5 years ago

      Mom has been gone for three years now. I'd pay any price for just another day.

      Thank you for reminding us of those times we miss so dearly.

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      Helen Phillips Cockrell 5 years ago from Virginia

      Great information! Remember to remove scatter rugs as well! They are tripping hazards for older individuals!

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      So many great ideas here. You really have a heart for the elderly and challenge all of us to do likewise. Thank you for all you do. Blessings.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Oh my goodness, you put a lot of work into this page and have some excellent suggestions. That inflatable tub is an amazing idea. Blessed!

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      chrisqw 5 years ago

      Excellent lens and highly practical. thank you!

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      elliefraser 5 years ago

      Some fantastic gift ideas here . It's not always easy to find a practical, thoughtful gift for the elderly.

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      Wish List Gifts 5 years ago

      What wonderful gift ideas for seniors!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for giving the pleased and useful tips. Nice lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What an absolutely fabulous list of practical gifts for very elderly senior citizens! This is a wonderful resource for anyone that needs some wonderful ideas of what to get their elderly parents / grandparents. I particularly love the lift chair and would think this to be an absolute winner!

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      christyschmid 5 years ago

      Wonderful list of aids for daily living - thanks for sharing with us!

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      You have a very thoughtful ideas here! Thanks for sharing this wonderful lens!

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      Aquamarine18 5 years ago

      This is a very caring and thoughtful lens for certainly not very happy but very human conditions. Caring for the elderly is a significant part of our lives. Thank you for all these great gift ideas that might make their life easier

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      jooniper 5 years ago

      Now I've got some gift ideas for my 92-year-old grandpa. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      ResearchAddict 5 years ago

      Fantastic, informative and well-put-together lens. Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful Lens

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Yes, I am living with my Mother who is 97 years old, 98 soon this year (2012).

      This is a very useful lens, you give me a lot of great ideas for Christmas.

      Thanks and Blessings

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens - thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      ikepius 5 years ago

      I found this very useful. Maybe after editing you should add some gardening equipment. It is a nice hobby and keeps them active. Cheers on making popular pages!!

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      There are some good ideas here that would be useful for my mom. The swivel cushions are new to me, and sound like a great idea!

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      lewisgirl 5 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

      These are some great ideas! I don't currently have any need for them, but my grandmother is getting up there in age.

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      I love the touch lamp idea. My parents aren't quite this old yet, but my in-laws are getting there. And they don't need a bib yet, but if they did, that one with a tie down the front is quite cute. I would guess it helps to keep the humor in it all.

      Only item I might add, is if people get to where they can't read, then audiobooks and something to play them could be helpful.

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      StewartClan 5 years ago

      I love your lenses with your Mum on them. They do inevitably make me cry, but I still love them. She must have been so proud of you.

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      Freestuffer LM 5 years ago

      Thanks to your lens, now I have an idea what to give to my grand mom this coming Christmas. :)

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      ettorecolella 5 years ago

      What a beautiful list. These practical gifts are really interesting.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      You really have it goin' on here - many products that will truly help the elderly. Mobility is so important, and many of these products relate to that. I know from personal experience when you are feeling poorly or not as able the smallest things can be hard, and any independence aid is great. Sent out by google plus, pinned on my senior citizens and elderly board and blessed.

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      Bob Zau 5 years ago

      A topic Well done. I didn't know how many neat gadgets designed for the elderly were available.

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      Great Lens. You have found for us some great ideas for gifts and reminded us that all of us get old but we still need loving care.

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      homesweethomebi1 5 years ago

      Great gift ideas for the senior people in our lives. Thank you.

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      gsaber2 5 years ago

      Great work indeed! Expecting more of your work.

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      gsaber2 5 years ago

      Great work indeed! Expecting more of your work.

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      gsaber2 5 years ago

      Great work indeed! Expecting more of your work.

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      gsaber2 5 years ago

      Great work indeed! Expecting more of your work.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      OMG! You have thought of everything, and these things are beautiful .. I am going to look at buying some for my elderly mother, who lives alone (I am in Kuwait, brother in Colorado)... and she is still insisting on her independence... I will have these things sent ASAP! :) Blessed a million times!

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      Pmona LM 5 years ago

      I used the lift and recline chair while recovering from my C-secton, it was incredibly helpful. You have lots of useful information here, blessed!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      My dad had a lift chair and loved it. Also a tall toilet and other gadgets that made his life easier in his very old age.

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      KayeSI 5 years ago

      You have some great ideas here! And such sweet family memories of your lovely mom. Thank you.

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      treasuresabound 5 years ago

      Well written and great practical gift ideas here. Well done!

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      treehousebrando1 5 years ago

      Believe it or not, I don't have an elederly relative. These are some great gift ideas though. I might have to spread that word to someone I know. Maybe they will find a better use for a lens put together this well.

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      this is really useful stuff, and nicely presented - blessed!

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Excellent lens and great suggestions. We particularly like the lift is so convenient. Blessed.

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      Arc4life 5 years ago

      Very well done lens. I think you have a very comprehensive list here. Somethings we may not think of right away, but very very well done!

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      mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

      Now I'm not bed bound but am wheelchair bound and live alone. I needed a new pillbox and ordered the same one you used for your Mother which is what I have now. I try to fix up two weeks worth at a time in case I go off to visit relatives I have plenty with me if the snow starts to falling. Wonderful lens.

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      justramblin 5 years ago

      what great ideas. thank you!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      @ashritkhan: I couldn't agree with you more. The gifts of good care and quality time spent with loved ones is the best gift of all.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Nope, you're wrong. You have obviously not cared for an elderly loved one. Each and everything on this page is a PRACTICAL gift for the elderly - 'practical' means useful...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I couldn't agree more! I'm looking for a gift for my 93 year old grandmother, but would never even consider giving her any of these things as a gift! How incredibly demeaning! This does not address the interests of the eldery, but only their care - it's tantamount to buying a woman panty-liners as a gift.

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      ashritkhan 5 years ago

      The most important gift that we give to our elder one is to provide them Home Care Service as good as possible.

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      djroll 5 years ago

      Your #4 clothing protectors (except for the red tie) are so popular they are all sold out. You don't need to print this, just thought you'd like knowing. :-)

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      djroll 5 years ago

      My elderly mom lives with me and as the saying goes, old age is not for sissy. Any help she get with products makes her life easier. I like all your items, (some we have), and they DO make her quality of life much better. It troubles her when she no longer can do simple things without help. Some things give back lost abilities and in return her pride returns. Thank you for your great choices and for sharing them. I just order her a cell phone for seniors. Can't wait for it to get here.

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      Writing Nag 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      @gottaloveit2: Well said.

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      I think those are some great ideas and suggestions! When you have to take care of an elderly person those "gifts" are useful to you, so as to do your job of taking care of them better. Thanks for sharing!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm sorry you wouldn't give any of those items on the Good Gifts for Senior Citizens page. I sure hope you don't receive any in future years! As far as my Mom and I go, every single thing on that page enhanced the quality and safety of our lives. I stand by my choices. And, if the elderly are lucky and loved like my mother and father were a nursing home is not in their future. You, my dear, are a bit out of touch...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These aren't gifts. These are reminders of their aging life style. I wouldn't give any of these. If they are in a nursing home, then their medications are provided for them and they don't need to worry about when and/or what date to take meds. That's what the aids and nurses are for.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I will be getting some of these for my mom soon. Thanks for the great suggestions.

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      My mom's legs got cold when she was sitting in the wheelchair, so cozy lap blankets were welcome gifts at Christmas. She would have loved those warming footies - no tight elastic. Very useful items here.

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      Heather McGlaughlin 5 years ago from Marryland

      These are very useful gifts for older people. My grandpa died in 2008 at the age of 96. I used to struggle to figure out what to give him for birthdays or Christmas. This lens offers helpful ideas for gifts for older people. Nice job

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I like the idea of the shawls with pockets. Maybe my mom might want one of those this winter. Not right now, since it is 104 degrees where she is.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      These are all great suggestions. I worked in a nursing home for years and often recommended the non-slip socks to families. I like that you mention the adult clothing protectors by that name; many caregivers still call them bibs which is demeaning. Your Mom is beautiful and so are you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Excellent choices of gifts for the very elderly to make their lives more comfortable. I especially appreciated you sharing that you had changed your mind on the gripper socks and are now using them to help Gertie with stability and they do come in so many nice colors. I love the cover ups, hadn't seen any like that. Blessed!

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      writers_haven 6 years ago

      Great lens for almost anyone. Squidliking it!


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