The Best Gifts for Your Loved One in Colorado Senior Living
As a senior, your loved one has experienced a near lifetime of holiday gifts. If you’re considering a loved one that lives in a Colorado assisted living home, their needs may be a little different than previous years. Seniors living in a care center might be dealing with mental and physical challenges that may prevent them from enjoying a gift you may normally see as okay in previous years. Are you looking around for a gift for your loved one in assisted living? Our recent post should help in the process.
Some Gifts to Consider
This post covers a variety of inexpensive gifts that will be sure to have a positive impact and make this holiday season a time to connect to your loved one. Whether you’re looking for an experience outside of Golden Pond Retirement Community or an activity to do on our grounds, we have the gift for you.
An iPod loaded with Music
A recent study has shown that when patients with memory issues such as Alzheimers or Dementia can gain immense benefit from listening to music. Music provides an emotional and behavioral benefit to those with memory issues. Memories from music are often left intact for the patient, while other areas may be damaged by either disease. Listening to music also reduces stress, anxiety, and can treat depression. Consider gifting your loved one an iPod. iPods are very easy to use and you can store hundreds of thousands of songs on one device. Once the music is loaded on the device, your loved can easily access the songs with little to no technical experience
A Coloring Book for Grandchildren
Coloring has its benefits. In fact, research of such benefits shows the therapeutic value of coloring with the elderly and those with memory issues. Coloring books have a dual benefit. Not only is there an added therapeutic benefit of coloring, but you can bring your children to the Assisted Living center and they can color with your loved one.
Other benefits of coloring are:
- Improves hand grip
- Improves mood
- Promotes socialization and reminiscing
- Provides an outlet for self-expression
- Helps to maintain motor function
- Improves hand-eye coordination
Slippers and Bathrobe
Loved ones can get very cold in the winter. That said, slippers and bathrobes are often most welcomed as a holiday gift. Be sure to purchase slippers that are non-slip to avoid any chance of falling. When shopping for robes, the price range can be anywhere between $20-$100 depending on fit and quality.
No matter what item you choose for your loved one, a thing to consider is engagement. Even if you’re on a strict budget, choosing items that help bring your family together is critical for a loved one’s mental and physical well being. At Golden Pond Retirement Community, we plan a wide variety of activities each month that are family-friendly and designed to engage your loved one.