There’s always a gift-giving occasion right around the corner. It could be a birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas or just an I love you, Mom, kind of day, when you feel the need to give something – almost anything – as a token of the appreciation and love you have for Mom.
But there’s a catch (isn’t there always?). Mom doesn’t want or need more knickknacks or cute necklaces. She’s tired of refusing treats her doctor says to forego. And she’s got all the cooking and gardening tools she needs. It’s the same for giving Grandma a gift, sometimes even more challenging!
Here’s something to think about:
At the time of the 2010 census, 11 million people – that’s 28% of people aged 65 and older – lived alone. While living alone is not necessarily an indication of loneliness, it certainly predisposes the likelihood of loneliness. This is especially significant given the fact that the majority of aging people say they want to age in place.
To further contribute to the situation, more and more couples have elected to not have children or their children are not nearby. That means there are fewer family members to provide company and care. Social contacts also decrease as we age for a variety of reasons including retirement, death of family and friends and even limited mobility. All this leads to social isolation, and loneliness and, potentially, depression.
I bring this up in light of the discussion about giving gifts because really valuable gifts come in different packages for seniors:
The best part, you don’t have to be a family member to give one of these gifts. Know a senior? Then you know someone who would appreciate your time and attention.
If you haven’t guessed, the best gift any senior gets is CARING. And that’s a gift that can come from anyone; friends, family, or neighbors, at any time.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.