Inspired by Economic Slump, Seniors' Gift Wish List Focuses on Practical

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Many seniors are still feeling the financial crunch of the current economic slump and are in need of the basics in order to continue thriving. An analysis of more than 26,000 senior gift requests conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care® network throughout the U.S. reveals that the most popular holiday wishes of older adults include practical items, such as blankets and pajamas.

Seniors, as a group, have always been a frugal lot

When shopping for a senior this holiday season, your gift will be a big hit if you focus on the practical, advises a local senior-care company.

“Seniors, as a group, have always been a frugal lot,” said Debbie Seplow, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care® office serving the Greater Phoenix area. “Out of necessity or, perhaps, driven by fear, the economic downturn has made older adults even more practical. Social services budget cuts also have impacted the pockets of seniors, leaving some lacking the money for necessities.”

An analysis of more than 26,000 senior gift requests conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care® network throughout the U.S. reveals that the most popular holiday wishes of older adults are items such as blankets, slippers, pajamas and robes. You also can’t go wrong with food or homemade gifts, such as cards or holiday ornaments.

A list of the top ten popular and economical gifts for seniors is below.

For more information about Home Instead Senior Care, visit http://www.homeinstead.com/greaterphoenix.com

10 Popular and Economical Gifts for Seniors
1. Blankets or Throws
2. Slippers and Socks
3. Toiletries such as lotions, bath soaps, cologne and perfume
4. Pajamas and Robes
5. Food such as sausages, cheeses and chocolates
6. Kitchen and Bath Towels
7. Clothes such as sweat pants, sweaters and underwear
8. Large-Print Books and Puzzles
9. Cards and Stamps
10. Gift Certificates to grocery and discount stores. Don’t forget companionship services.

ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE
Founded in 1994 in Omaha, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 900 independently owned and operated franchises in 14 countries spanning four continents. Home Instead Senior Care local offices employ 65,000+ CAREGiversSM who provide more than 40 million hours of client service each year through activities including companionship, meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, errands and shopping. Home Instead Senior Care founders Paul and Lori Hogan pioneered franchising in the non-medical senior care industry and are leading advocates for senior issues throughout the world. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.

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