12/3/2021 | By Seniors Guide Staff

As the gift-giving season quickly approaches, you have probably already asked a senior loved one what they would like and have gotten the common response, “I really don’t need anything.” If you don’t want to visit them empty-handed, you struggle to think of the perfect present. Fortunately, we have ideas on the perfect gifts for seniors, for several needs and interests, from simple gifts to recent technology.

If your elderly loved ones have cognitive or mobility issues – or if they simply do have everything they need – you can find thoughtful, entertaining, and helpful gifts to add extra quality to almost any older adult’s life.

Here are a few suggestions to surprise and delight them during the holidays:

Gifts for older adults with mobility and other physical issues

Mobility issues can cause limitations for some older adults. Fortunately, new products available to help also make excellent options for gifts:

  • Speech recognition software: The ideal gift for those with arthritis in their hands is speech recognition software. Quality speech-to-text software allows older adults to use their computers without experiencing pain.
  • Offset walking cane: An offset walking cane features a unique handle, making it easier to grip and stabilize the user. The offset handles are available in various shapes and styles.
  • Slippers: Not only are non-slip slippers soft and comfortable for seniors, but they can help prevent falls that could add to their mobility issues.
  • Gift cards for Uber or Lyft: Ridesharing is an excellent way for older adults to get around. Once they learn how to use the app for one of these companies, they can go almost anywhere.
  • A medical alert device: By gifting medical alert technology, you will be giving peace of mind both to the recipient and their loved ones!

The perfect gifts for seniors living with Alzheimer’s or dementia

Choosing a gift for a loved one with a memory disorder can be challenging. The following gifts are designed to help stimulate their memories and entertain them.

  • Skylight photo frame: Easy to set up and use, the Skylight Photo Frame helps seniors stay in touch remotely. Include old pictures from scans and new pictures. Connect it to Wi-Fi with a unique email address, and anyone can email pictures that instantly appear on the frame. The rotating photos make the perfect gift for seniors since they stimulate the allowing the person’s memory in a meaningful way.
  • Music from their past: Consider getting them a CD player and a compilation CD from when they were in their late teens or early 20s. You can also link Amazon Alexa Echo or Google Home to a playlist.
  • Window bird feeder: This type of bird feeder brings avian visitors up close and personal for easy viewing and interaction. Bird feeders provide entertainment and an opportunity to stimulate cognitive ability.
  • Handheld massager: Older adults will appreciate a gift like a handheld massager that helps them alleviate pain or reduce stress. Handheld massagers come with various accessories that are easy to snap on and off.

Gifts to help seniors stay mentally sharp

Researchers believe that certain targeted activities can help keep the mind healthy, alert, and finely tuned. Here are a few gift suggestions that can give older adults some enjoyable mental stimulation.

Seniors Guide Staff

Seniors Guide has been addressing traditional topics and upcoming trends in the senior living industry since 1999. We strive to educate seniors and their loved ones in an approachable manner, and aim to provide them with the right information to make the best decisions possible.

Seniors Guide Staff