Do you know an elderly relative or friend and wonder what to give them for Christmas? Here are some ideas.
Or how about a gift that gives all year long? What if you made a promise to visit your elderly loved one each month? That’s what my son Jeff did for my mother. Jeff pledged to visit his grandma (my mom) once a month for a year. This involved a 4-hour round trip for him. He took his computer along and showed her family pictures. She was so pleased. He also asked her questions about her life. (See our list of over 70 “life story” questions to ask an elderly loved one.)
It is so true, that the greatest gift you can give an elderly person is to be consistent all year long with visits, phone calls and small thoughtful gestures.
So although an elderly friend or loved one is sure to appreciate any gift you give, it might be true that the greatest gift would be visits, phone calls and small thoughtful gestures all year long.
Those continuous gestures tell your special elder that he/she is loved and cherished all the time, not just at Christmas time.
Editor’s note: many of the gift ideas were inspired by a blog post by Carol Gioia, which is no longer available online.
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