Gone are the days when we used to leaf through the Toys R Us circulars for gift ideas for the kids at home. Now, with no kids at home, we can either shop for ourselves, but even better, shop for the abuelitos. But, what do we buy the parent that has everything? Here are my top 5 Christmas gift ideas leading in to the holidays.
Sleeping disorders are prevalent in the Senior community, Along with the physical changes that occur as we get older, changes to our sleep patterns are a part of the normal aging process. As people age they tend to have a harder time falling asleep and more trouble staying asleep than when they were younger. Studies on the sleep habits of older Americans show an increase in the time it takes to fall asleep (sleep latency), an overall decline in REM sleep, and an increase in sleep fragmentation (waking up during the night) with age. The prevalence of sleep disorders also tends to increase with age.
Here are some suggestions for some gifts para los abuelitos who have a hard time sleeping:
Weighted blankets are effective in helping to calm the mind & relax those w/ Alzheimer’s, Autism, PTSD + other Anxiety Disorders w/o medication. Give your loved-one a calming ‘hug’ when you can’t be there! Designed to simulate deep touch pressure—like a really good hug or gentle squeeze, Super-smooth Nap fabric feels luxurious against your skin. Can help relax and soothe you, leading to a better night’s sleep. Great for anyone who wants to feel more calm and relaxed.
Music Therapy has been proven to help calm, soothe, comfort and help others remember their past through music. Upload your own tunes or custom audio! Check out Blaney – Musical Therapy Bear .. press the paw to play. Combine the benefits of music therapy for people with memory-related conditions, such as dementia, Autism and Alzheimer’s with the benefits of entertainment and loneliness prevention. The advantages offered by ‘doll therapy’ and music therapy are numerous while the interaction with a comforting plush provides a path to unlocking strong maternal instincts and feelings of security. Upload your own music – from Mariachi favorites to soothing Julio Iglesias – even customize for holidays and seasons!
Blu’s Joy is an ideal candy bar-style phone that offers just enough flash to not feel outdated while still offering the type of features and looks that seniors will love. Beneath the 2.4-inch display is a large numerical keypad that offers easy-to-find numbers and answer and end keys. Powered by quad-band GSM, the Joy is more than capable of running on T-Mobile’s network (or on GSM networks around the world as an unlocked dual-SIM device). The built-in SOS button offers easy access to police, medical and fire support at the press of a single button. The Joy makes it a point to be both senior-friendly and attractive (the leather-patterned back cover that feels great in the hand). Additionally, a built-in flashlight makes for a handy method to quickly light up a small space or when trying to find the right key to open a door at night
DIGITAL CALENDAR DAY CLOCK – DAYCLOX
It never fails, every time I visit with Mom and her doctor, she gets asked, “can you tell us the month, date and year that we are in? “. She can never remember the date. We can help them remember with something as simple as this clock. Take the confusion out of days, dates and time. Aging can become a daily frustration; this clock is specifically designed to help our Super Seniors remember what day it is. This digital calendar clock by DayClox clearly spells out the full DAY of the week and the MONTH (and date) in large, bold letters – without confusing abbreviations.
Mom loves her bling, and the only way I can get her to wear the medical bracelet is if it has bling. I found some very nice ones at Lauren’s Hope. Rest assured your mamasitá will wear this bracelet con bling, and you can be at ease that if anything happens where she can’t find her home number or address, her bracelet will have it engraved.
There you have it, hope your holiday shopping list got a little easier with our suggestions above. Feliz Navidad!