Parentgiving.com Releases its Guide to Choosing Great Gifts for Seniors

More than a list of products, Parentgiving.com's round-up of holiday gifts for seniors focuses on ideas for increasing their health and well-being, gifts that help them stay active, stay sharp, stay safe, stay interested and stay vital.

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Montclair, NJ (PRWEB) December 15, 2009

More than a list of products, Parentgiving.com's round-up of holiday gifts for seniors focuses on ideas for increasing their health and well-being, gifts that help them stay active, stay sharp, stay safe, stay interested and stay vital. "At this time of year there is no end to lists that detail the best gifts for mom, dad, grandparents, best friends and, yes, even the family pet. But when it comes to picking the perfect presents for older loved ones, whether extravagant or utilitarian, what truly makes the best gifts for seniors are those that enable them to maintain a great quality of life--being able to stay engaged in things they love to do and live as independently as possible," explains Chief Content Officer Julie Davis. "Recent research studies have pointed to very specific advice for maintaining senior health, both physical, mental and emotional well-being. Our recommendations take into account findings that range from the need to maintain muscle mass to stay healthy to the need to stay socially engaged to prevent isolation and possible depression. Gifts that help enable aging in place and improve quality of life don't have to be expensive. Our choices start as low as $12."

Think Fitness First: Gifts For Staying Active

Among the lifestyle behaviors that have only negative effects, being sedentary is near the top of the list. Exercise maintains muscle, and muscle enables the body to maintain a level of fitness that helps you resist illness, stay independent and prevent falls. While there are octogenarian marathoners, it's not necessary to do extreme sports or work out until you ache. Exercise can and
should be fun and tailored to each individual's level. Gift ideas include the Nintendo Wii and sessions with a physical therapist with expertise in geriatrics.

Maintain The Brain: Gifts For Staying Sharp

Ongoing studies are researching exactly how to keep the brain sharp and delay or even prevent the onset of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Exercising the mind can be as high-tech as video games and brain training programs and as low-tech as playing Scrabble and doing crossword puzzles every day. Many of these activities have benefits that range from improving memory to visual acuity; they're also just plain fun and keep people engaged. Specific brain fitness software involves interactive game-like training programs that challenge the mind and attempt to boost memory as well as analytical thinking. Gift ideas include brain training software like PositScience's DriveSharp and the Dakim BrainFitness System.

Get Smart About Safety: Gifts For Staying Safe

For many seniors, high-tech developments in telecare are allowing those who need care and attention to age in place--stay in their homes but under a watchful eye through electronic monitoring and communication devices via the computer, video cameras, the internet, land or wireless telephone signals. Advances in tracking devices for wanderers, online recordkeeping and medical reminder systems are other high-tech ways of keeping seniors safe. Gift ideas include EmFinders EmSeeQ monitoring wrist device and the A Very Special Heart charm with UBS data storage.

See Clearly: Gifts For Staying Interested

Normal vision changes occur as we age. Even natural changes unrelated to conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration can make reading close-up difficult, but the ability to read in particular is an important part of maintaining quality of life. So is being able to do other "hand held" activities like knitting and writing. Tools and gadgets that make it easier to stay interested in these activities are among the best holiday gifts for seniors. Gift ideas include a lighted magnifier, a table top newspaper stand and a bean bag lap desk.

Emphasize Everyday Ease: Staying Vital and Connected

Independence comes in many forms, but doctors often judge it by the ability to carry out daily living activities, simply taking care of oneself and one's needs--getting dressed, eating properly, moving about with relative ease. Aids and gadgets that facilitate these everyday actions make a big difference in quality of life and the ability to age at home. New devices that enable seniors to stay connected to loved ones without necessarily having to be computer savvy add to quality of life. Gift ideas include the Pathlighter Lighted Walking Cane, our "Founders' Choice," and The POURfect kitchen tools, perfect for anyone with limited dexterity.

You can read the full description of each holiday gift on Parentgiving.com. For more information, contact julie(at)parentgiving(dot)com or call 973-746-2582, ext 401.

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