According to New York Magazine, Cuban-born artist Carmen Herrera never sold a painting until she turned 89. In her 90s, her paintings appeared at the Museum of Modern Art. While nursing homes recommend slippers and other comfort items as birthday gifts for 91-year-old women, many women, like Herrera, create, volunteer actively and keep abreast of current events. Ninety-one-year-old women may lack the muscle tone of youth, however, creativity and curiosity does not necessarily dwindle with age. Tailor a birthday gift to the individual recipient's personality and lifestyle.
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Soup or Baking Mix
The matriarch of the family may love to cook, but she may lack the energy she once had or the ability to easily shop for her favourite ingredients. Prepare a soup or baking starter mix. Combine herbs, dried vegetables and fruits, bullion, spices and pantry staples in an attractive glass or pottery jar. Whenever she prefers, she can add liquid ingredients to prepare the soup for herself or to dazzle guests.
Design colourful coupons using a computer, or cut them out of construction paper for homemade charm. Print favourite activities on the coupon for you to do with the nonagenarian. A trip to the local botanical gardens, museum or casino will make memories. Alternately, make coupons for the unpleasant jobs, such as cleaning the basement, mowing the lawn or cleaning the bathroom.
Find a film she frequently describes from her youth, or remembers from her first date. Many obscure titles appear in DVD or VHS form. If she does not own the appropriate player, purchase one or have friends chip in. Alternately, host a viewing night at a later date. Play the role of an old-fashioned flashlight-wielding usher. Alternately, check the calendar of events at local museums. Sometimes museums screen historically significant films at their facilities or nearby theatres.
Fulfil a wish. Purchase cruise tickets to the exotic locale she dreams about. Cruises provide a guided experience with the convenience of returning to the same room. The controlled environment also pacifies nervous family members waiting at home. Short 2-to-5-day cruises provide a brief escape for a first-time traveller and a guest of her choosing.
Easy-care flowering plants last longer than a bouquet of flowers. Remove the plant from the temporary plastic pot. Repot the plant in a container that compliments her decor Choose a pot or vase with drain holes at the bottom and a saucer to protect furniture.
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