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Warm Shawls For The Elderly

Updated on October 17, 2014

A marvelous thing has happened in my life; I've become a pen pal and long-distant assistant caregiver to a darling English woman named Milly. Her daughter, Gillian, first contacted me through one of my articles about caring for the elderly, my writing specialty as I cared for my own elderly Mom for the five years prior to her death.

Throughout Gillian's and my correspondence, I've offered suggestions about items that Mom and I found helpful as we delved into the new world of our own reversed roles. One of my favorite things to buy Mom was a warm shawl - we could never have too many of these pashmina like shawls. And, even today, though Mom is no longer with me, I wear her blue shawl proudly on all of my air travels. Wrapping it around my shoulders always reminds me of wrapping it around her own shoulders and is an immense comfort to me.

The elderly, by their very nature, tend to get cold. Part of this phenomenon is that they simply don't move around as much as younger folks and part of this is because our circulation doesn't work as efficiently as in 'the old days.' So, a light and warm shawl is just the right thing to drape across their shoulders in a favorite easy chair or even place across their lap to warm their legs. When the shawls get dirty, a quick wash in the washer and a fast tumble dry (no iron needed!) and it's ready to go again - providing comfort and warmth to old bones.

Photo credit: All photos on this article are my own photos. Also, check out my new website GoodGiftsForSeniorCitizens.com Warm Shawls and Bed Jackets to see more warm shawls for the elderly along with other great gift ideas for a senior citizen loved one.

Below are a few other helpful products I purchased for my own mom in her later years. Her feet were frequently the first place to get cold, followed by her hands so warm socks and fingerless gloves were always on hand (pun fully intended).

Note: when buying socks for the elderly, make sure they have gripper bottoms on them. Otherwise, tripping and sliding can occur.

12 Pair Of excell Womens Slipper Sock, Sweater Sock with Gripper Bottom
12 Pair Of excell Womens Slipper Sock, Sweater Sock with Gripper Bottom

We liked these particular warm socks as they're just a bit taller than the ankle variety.

 
Fox River Fingerless Ragg Glove (Brown Tweed, Medium)
Fox River Fingerless Ragg Glove (Brown Tweed, Medium)

Fingerless gloves provide enough warmth for the hands but still allow movement for reading, eating, etc.

 
Cashmere Pashmina Group: Solid Pashmina Shawl, Scarf, Wrap & Stole(Regular size) Burgundy
Cashmere Pashmina Group: Solid Pashmina Shawl, Scarf, Wrap & Stole(Regular size) Burgundy

A pashmina shawl on steroids. This is a beautiful material and color!

 

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My very favorite picture of my Mom with the warm shawl I wear to this day.We did not plan these colors but I've managed to snag Mom's shawl at this outing.Milly with the shawl I sent to England. She loves it!
My very favorite picture of my Mom with the warm shawl I wear to this day.
My very favorite picture of my Mom with the warm shawl I wear to this day.
We did not plan these colors but I've managed to snag Mom's shawl at this outing.
We did not plan these colors but I've managed to snag Mom's shawl at this outing.
Milly with the shawl I sent to England. She loves it!
Milly with the shawl I sent to England. She loves it!

Do you have an elderly person in your life who could use a new shawl? Comments appreciated.

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Yes, Mom and Dad seemed to be cold much of the winter and I used to melt when I went to their house. This would have been great for them.