The Best Gifts for Elderly Parents

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The Best Gifts for Elderly Parents
Some gifts for ageing parents can help them remain independent. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Gifts for your elderly parents can bring them the enjoyment of family photos, help them relive memories through a collection of family stories, or assist them with the challenges of ageing at home. You can address your safety concerns about your elderly parents and help them remain independent through your gift choice.

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Family Pictures

If your parents have lots of pictures of kids and grandkids to show off and little space for displays, consider giving them a digital picture frame. The digital frames come in a variety of memory sizes and price ranges.

A notice board and push pins allow for frequent changes of pictures and posting of reminders. You might place the pictures in date order with birthday reminders on the bottom of the picture so Mom and Dad can remember to call or send a card on birthdates.

Family Stories

Record the life stories of your parents and their extended families and compile them into a book or video with family photos as a gift for your elderly parents. Ask them to recount stories of their childhood and other family members. Include stories about your family you member from your childhood. Offer your siblings the chance to contribute to the project. Be sure to record those stories that always seem to come up at family gatherings.

Emergency Call Button

If your elderly parents live on their own but worry about a fall or medical emegency, consider a call button that allows them to call for help in case of injury or emergency. The radio transmitters come in several different styles and different plans, depending on the company you choose. Some plans allow you to purchase the equipment and set-up with no monthly fees. The call buttons are a gift that can provide a sense of security for both you and your parents.

Larger Button Phones and Remotes

Good Housekeeping Institute reviewed several large button remotes and phones in a 2008 story reported on WJAC TV, noting that elderly or arthritic individuals could benefit from remote controls and phones with larger numbers. The remotes themselves are larger, too, so they may be harder for elderly individuals to misplace than the compact ones.

One phone that Good Housekeeping Institute recommended allows you to download pictures in the phone memory to help your elderly parent who has trouble using a telephone. The user of these phones can identify phone numbers by pictures rather than by numbers or names. The phone has a built-in amplifier if your parent needs to turn up the volume.

Large Print Reading Materials

If your parents love to read but have trouble making out the words in regular-size print books, you might invest in some large print editions of their favourite books as a gift. Or order large print editions of magazines. Reader's Digest, Guidepost and other magazines offer large print editions, as do some magazines targeted to seniors.

You can purchase a gift of a lighted magnifying glass that hangs around the neck and allows the user to see to read or work on crafts. Purchase a magnifying glass that is sturdy and adjustable and for which the batteries are easy to change.

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