Gifts old people love to receive aren’t from a store…But these presents will bring them big smiles, warm their hearts and be exactly what they need.
Your Love. Your Time.
Giving your love to a senior is something that you can give freely, with reckless abandon and it’s always a good thing. Loving them involves way more than saying it. You’ve gotta show it with your actions too!
Physically you should show them you love them with physical contact such as pats on the back, kisses on the cheek but especially hugging them. Yes, hug your seniors and hug them often. There are so many great reasons to hug, it increases bonding, elevates mood, reduces pain. Getting a nice long hug makes you feel so loved so show them how great it feels and how big your love for them is. (Here’s 11 benefits of hugging).
Loving them means paying attention when they speak and trying to find out about their needs, especially those that are too proud or stubborn to admit they actually have some needs. Perhaps they mention their busy day next week and you can offer to help? Or you notice them struggle putting on shoes so you drop off an extra long shoehorn so they don’t have to bend over? Check out their homes for opportunities to make life a little easier for them. Reachers and safety handles, personal aids, bathroom safety items are all useful elderly products that you cam pick up for them and install for relatively cheap.
The Holidays can be lonely for seniors, certainly for those that are in care homes, widowed or have outlived most of their friends and other elderly family members. These old people need your love even more every year and showing you love them by spending time with them is paramount. Bring them their favorite treat and hang out for a while while you talk about old times and all the great memories. Tell them how much you love them, and mean it.
Giving your time to a senior is probably the best gift you could ever give them. There is so much value in the time you spend together, so many memories you’ll be making. Each of us only has a finite amount of time on this earth and the older you are…Let’s just say that suddenly the sand seems to flow a little faster in your hourglass.
So make the most of that time. Take your grandparents to lunch. Cook your elderly mom and dad dinner at their house. Take your grandfather to his appointments. Take grandma to do her errands. Have a drink, share a meal, spend some quality time with those quality people in your lives.
If you can’t make it out to see them, pick up the phone and call them instead of just texting or emailing. Let them hear your voice and listen to them talk. Give them all your attention and more than just a minute or two. You are only going to hear them speak an undetermined amount of times more before they are gone, so make time and cherish it. I know many of wish that we could hear a loved ones voice just one more time, right?
It’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement over the holidays, but this year, take some time and give some love to the old people in your life.