So I read a blog about blogging that recommended that I post even though I may not always have the time to write the "perfect post." My ideal is to be able to write and rewrite a few times before posting, however, I'm starting to learn that I won't be able to keep up with post ideas unless I just write! Here's to posting!
Gifts for Grandma - Somewhere to Start!
Every Christmas I would always buy my grandparents pretty much the same thing. My grandpa would get a Snicker's bar and my grandma just asked for an orange and a kiss. Those gifts were enough for my grandparents, but if the chocolate and orange won't cut it in your family, let me introduce you to the world of senior gadgets out there. Maybe you're looking for a gift for your grandparents and you want something practical yet thoughtful. Prune juice and stool softener aren't exactly the ideal, so allow me to share some suggestions. Here are five ideas to help you brainstorm:
1. Cell phone with big numbers - These days Verizon only has phones that have the smallest buttons and numbers so it makes it really difficult for anyone with bad vision. Something else to consider might be home phones and remote controls with big numbers.
2. Stretchable shoelaces - If your grandparents/parents have arthritic fingers, tying shoelaces just isn't as easy as it used to be. Here's something that will allow them to still wear their favorite sneakers so that they don't have to convert completely to velcro.
3. A hip cane to walk around with - Are you aware of the many canes out there? Not only are there different types of mobility devices, but there are canes out there with more designs and patterns than there ever were before. Look for something that will fit your grandparent or maybe see if your aging loved one might benefit from a cool cane that can fold out into a handy chair.
4. A can opener for arthritic hands - You may be able to help open a can for your aging loved one when you're home, but what about when you're not there? It can be frustrating to do some of the most simple tasks when you have arthritis or your grip strength just isn't as good as it used to be.
5. Large print keyboard stickers - Maybe Grandpa's hesitance to email has nothing to do with computer skill, but more to do with bad vision. Here's something that may encourage your grandparent to email you more often!
For more suggestions, check our Simple Comforts (http://www.simplecomforts.com/). If you google, I'm sure you'll find many other internet stores out there with great ideas. Simple Comforts is local (out of Virginia) and I heard about them when I coordinated health fairs a few years back. I love the products they have available and am always amazed by the gadgets out there. Let me know your thoughts about these products or any great gift ideas you've given to your grandparents. Would love to hear from you! Happy shopping!