Retirement Community Offers Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift idea for that special senior in your life? What do you buy someone who has all the knickknacks, serving dishes and robes they could ever want? The seniors at La Costa Glen retirement community have some words of advice.

If you can’t eat it, read it or spend it, don’t send it.”

La Costa Glen (, the continuing care retirement community in Carlsbad, Calif., recently surveyed its residents to see what they’d like to receive over the holidays. The most popular items included:

  •     Gift cards for Chili’s, Applebee’s, Macaroni Grill and other family-style restaurants for either lunch or dinner
  •     Nice specialty food items, including crackers, cheese and wine for entertaining
  •     Handmade cards from children, especially cards with photos of the children on the front
  •     Fun theme pads of paper for writing reminder notes
  •     Flowers (but not plants)

The gift of time was also a big response. Seniors love it when family and friends spend a fun day or evening with them at the community, theater or on an excursion. Janet and Herb Podell, who live at La Costa Glen, take the gift of time a step further. They host a nice meal for each relative as a way to celebrate the holidays.

What not to give this holiday season? According to one succinct La Costa Glen resident, “If you can’t eat it, read it or spend it, don’t send it.”

La Costa Glen, located in Carlsbad, Calif., is a continuing care retirement community for people 60 years of age and older offering a variety of housing options and a comprehensive package of services, amenities, activities, fine dining and transportation. The community also offers access to long-term care featuring assisted living, skilled nursing and Alzheimer’s/dementia care at GlenView/GlenBrook, the health center located adjacent to La Costa Glen. For more information, please call (800) 852-4384 or visit Find the community on Facebook at

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