With the Holidays approaching many families are struggling with gift ideas for their older loved ones. We know the most cherished gifts aren’t things that can be wrapped and put under the tree. These practical items solve some of the everyday challenges for older adults.
Who hasn’t misplaced an important item? From the leader in GPS location devices the Loc8tor, a personal device that helps find those misplaced items. Simply “tag” items you wish to track (keys, wallet etc.) and this device will guide you back to them. Available at Loc8tor.com.
For the animal lover on your gift list The Ruff Grip dog leash makes walking a dog easier for anyone with gripping issues due to arthritis. The extra padding, soft leather lining, and anti-slip grip provide extra control and make it comfortable to hold. Available at ruffgrip.com.
The TV Listener Wireless Headphone System is a wireless rechargeable headset. No more arguments over the tv volume. The TV Listener works like your remote control sending an infrared signal and will hold a charge for 15 hours. Available at Walgreens, Sears and Walmart. Retail: $79.99
This “Big Button Photo Dialer” by Sharper Image is for anyone who has difficulty seeing or remembering. This unit plugs into any standard phone jack with your landline plugged into the unit. Simply push the button and the phone dials that preprogrammed number. Available on Amazon.com Retail $39.99
“See 4 Safety Automatic Walker Light” gives that extra bit of light just when we need it for middle of the night bathroom trips. This light works through two sensors. First, it uses a motion sensor to determine if the walker is in use. Second, the light uses a lightening sensor to determine if it is in a low level light environment. Only when it is in a low light environment and in use with the light illuminate. Available on Amazon.com
None of these items are substitute for help when you need it, however, they are all inexpensive items to maintain independence and safety at home. From all of us at Central Coast Senior Services, Inc., a safe and Happy Holiday season and Happy New Year.