9 Holiday Gifts For Seniors That Make Life Easier

by Janet Brown
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The holiday season is upon us and for some families, gift giving can be a challenge. Giving gifts to your parents or grandparents can be a struggle because their needs may not align with their wants. The key is to choose gifts that will make life easier.

With that in mind, we’ve created the perfect holiday gifts for seniors that will bring a smile to your family member’s face and ease the stress of everyday activities

#1: Pain relief products

You probably already know that most seniors suffer from arthritis, and back pain is also very common among this age group. Many sore muscles are caused by poor posture and activities of daily living. As seniors try to live more independently, they may need some help with everyday tasks like lifting, carrying, etc. To help these folks, my first gift idea is a simple but useful device for seniors in search of some relief. The Paingone Aegis is a  highly effective TENS machine designed to fit directly on the lower back, thereby providing relief from pain. Its large gel pads cover a wide treatment area to deliver comfort across the lower back

#2: Vacuum Cleaner

Vacuums are a common gift idea around the holidays. However, there are some options that seniors will enjoy more than others. One of the most important features to look for in any vacuum is its ability to be maneuvered easily. Consider choosing a vacuum with casters or wheels. This makes it easy to move around and store in small spaces like a closet or behind furniture.

#3: Deluxe Hammock by Natural Comfort

The Deluxe Hammock by Natural Comfort is the perfect gift for anyone who spends a lot of time in the home. As we age, we find ourselves spending less and less time outside, and this hammock allows them to enjoy the outdoors without having to worry about falling. The hammock comes with safety features such as straps, handrails and a belt, so even if you have to leave the room for a minute, your parents or grandparents will be safe. It is also large enough for multiple people, so if you have an extra set of hands available, you can both read books or have a drink or two together. This hammock would be especially nice on a porch or deck that has an unobstructed view of the blue skies above.

#4: Smart Lock

If your parent or grandparent is having difficulty opening doors due to hand tremors, or possibly balance issues or arthritis, I recommend purchasing a smart lock. When paired with your existing deadbolt, these smart options will allow your parents to electronically access their door at the touch of a button on their phone and save time by not having to fumble with keys. The August Smart Lock is one of the more affordable options available, starting at $149 and has rave reviews from past buyers.

#5: FitBit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker

The FitBit Zip is a wireless activity tracker that syncs wirelessly to your computer or smartphone to track the steps you’ve taken throughout the day, your distance traveled, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes. Zip seamlessly transfers data to the FitBit app (for iOS, Android and Windows smartphones) for a more comprehensive picture of your progress. Best of all, if you own other Fitbit products, like the FitBit Aria (digital scale) or FitBit One (wireless activity tracker), you can sync all of your stats to one dashboard for a more effective way to monitor your progress over time.

 #6: Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker – This slow cooker is one of the best gifts for seniors to buy this holiday because it’s easy enough to set up and use so that parents won’t have to worry about whether or not they can figure out the appliance. It features a sleek, modern design and a digital display that makes it easy to choose between different temperature settings and the ideal cooking time.

#7:Dryer Lint Catcher – A dryer lint screen is the perfect Christmas gift for any senior. Protect the life of their dryer by keeping the lint in check. There is never a need for an expensive repair when you can save your dryer from lint damage. Drying racks are also available to help air dry delicate garments, so there really is no need to rush that dry cycle either.

#8:The Perfect Pill Organizer – As seniors age, it is common for them to become confused about what medications to take when, or even if they have already taken their daily dose. With so many medications coming in pill forms these days, it can be a bit confusing to keep track of them all. A pill organizer is the perfect gift this holiday season to help seniors keep track of what they need to take and how often.

#9:Cup Carousel Auto-Brew Coffeemaker

This coffeemaker is great because it allows you to make 4 cups of coffee at one time and when it is done brewing, it will switch off automatically. It also has an insulated carafe that keeps the coffee hot for hours so if you are trying to conserve energy, this will be a great gift for anyone who is worried about heating up coffee every morning.

 

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