If your parent or loved one lives in another city or state, whether at home or in a senior living community, the holidays can be a difficult time if you aren’t able to spend them together. While nothing can compete with their physical presence, there are items that can help bridge that gap.
With the holiday season coming up, HarborChase Senior Living is here to give you a few gift suggestions for the senior in your life to keep them connected and engaged with family all year long!
Connect with Family via Smart Displays
There are plenty of items that not only help to connect family and friends but are also full of features that can help with day-to-day living. One such device that can help connect your loved one is a smart display. Smart displays are essentially smart speakers with a touch-display built into them. These items can be placed on countertops or tables and allow the user to do things like look up recipes, watch TV, or video/voice chat with family and friends.
While these devices were initially expensive, typically costing $400+, they now range anywhere between $150-$350 for deluxe models. With healthy competition from companies like Lenovo, Amazon, and even FaceBook, this area is expanding and making smart display costs go down, while also increasing the number of features present on these devices.
Connect with Family Via Cell Phones
Over 90% of older adults, 65 or older, own and operate a cell phone of some type according to the PEW Research Center. If your parent or loved one doesn’t own a mobile phone or is looking to upgrade to a smartphone, this could be the perfect gift to help connect them with family and friends!
Similar to smart displays, a smartphone is another item that can keep seniors connected and assist with daily activities. There are apps available to download that can help manage medication with reminder notifications, track fitness, and even keep the mind active and engaged, i.e. Sudoku or crossword puzzles!
Extended Gift Options
If you're looking for less tech-heavy gifts that help your loved one connect with family, there are still plenty of options! For instance, while framed photos are a great gift, digital photo frames are becoming increasingly popular. These frames can hold hundreds of pictures which can be uploaded to the device before giving it as a gift. All your loved one will have to do is turn it on and enjoy the photos and memories!
Another fun gift suggestion would be to explore websites like Shutterfly. These websites allow you to upload pictures to create personalized and unique gifts such as blankets, pillows, storybooks, cups, and much more.
These are just some gift ideas that can help the senior in your life feel engaged and connected with family - even if they can’t always be there. At HarborChase Senior Living, we hope you and your loved one(s) have a wonderful holiday season filled with love and cherished memories! If you would like more helpful tips or information regarding seniors, we encourage you to check out our HarborChase Senior Living blog!