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Touch On, Touch Off Lamps For The Elderly

Updated on December 17, 2013

My parents lived on their own out in Arizona until Dad's death in 2007 at the ripe old age of 89. One of the first things we packed up as we were moving Mom to Maryland to my home was her touch on lamp.

Mom's arthritic fingers had long ago created problems with daily tasks like dressing, eating, or showering. Even a simple thing as turning the light switch of a lamp on or off was increasingly difficult as her arthritis in her hands worsened. That's why one of the great gifts for my elderly Mom that I found was a touch on, touch off lamp. These lamps turn on or off with just a touch of a finger across the lamp base or body and on or off it goes.

I ended up buying two of these lamps - one for Mom's bedroom (I got the three way touch on lamp shown there on the right), and one for the living room. For her bedroom, one fast touch provided enough light to illuminate the path to the door should she need to get up yet the glow was just soft enough to not keep her awake. Three touches and the lamp was at full power - plenty of light to illuminate the whole bedroom. The other thing we liked about this particular lamp is that the shade is domed shade focuses the light down so it was perfect for reading in bed.

These touch on lamps on the Squidoo page would also be an excellent addition to a nursery as the light would be just enough to check in on the child at night.

Here's a few more selections of touch lamps. I like the first one below for the style of it - I think this lamp would look equally at home in a mountain cabin as a city home.

To see more of a selection of touch lamps, check out Touch On Touch Off Lamps.

LumiSource Doe Li Touch-On 19-Inch Metal Table Lamp with Frosted-Glass Shade
LumiSource Doe Li Touch-On 19-Inch Metal Table Lamp with Frosted-Glass Shade

This lamp throws light up also so it's a good room brightener.

OK LIGHTING OK-816PL Table Touch Lamp, 8" x 8" x 15"
OK LIGHTING OK-816PL Table Touch Lamp, 8" x 8" x 15"

This lamp is great for a living room side table.

elderly woman and dog
elderly woman and dog

That's my adorable Mom, Gertie, there above giving Gizmo a ride on the walker. Gizmo and Gertie were the best of friends.

Here's a few other of my articles about good gifts for senior citizens you might like:

Great magazines for the elderly

Day clocks for the elderly

'Create a memory' books - a great way to leave a legacy

Note: I did not select the items above in the 'You may also like...' section so cannot endorse them. Please leave me comments!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      my goodness, what a great gift idea - I'm always struggling to come up with a gift for my elderly motherinlaw; this would work for her as well (thank you)

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      These would be great for someone in a nursing home too.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We used to have a Touch On, Touch Off Lamp and loved it. Great review and it makes me want to get another one.