Presbyterian Homes’ Top Ten Holiday Gifts For Older Adults

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Finding a gift for an older adult at the holidays is always a challenge. Presbyterian Homes residents and staff offer up a top ten list of gift ideas.

Trying to find a holiday gift for an older adult friend or loved one is a challenge people face every year. Seniors will mostly tell you that they don’t need a thing. But when asked to think about some great gifts they have seen or received, residents of Presbyterian Homes retirement communities and members of its social services department came up with this list.

Some of the gifts are new conveniences, special treats or opportunities to attend an event. Others are more traditional but useful and always appreciated. There may be a gift on the list that strikes you as just right:

1. An Amazon Kindle
2. Audio book on CD
3. Gift certificate for favorite neighborhood restaurant
4. Reading glasses with LED lights in each temple, especially good for menus
5. Ove’ Glove® oven mitts (a pair is best)
6. A home visit from a licensed massage therapist
7. Coupon book for 10 free car washes at nearby car wash
8. Filofax® combination calendar and address book
9. A tin of home baked cookies or favorite treats to enjoy or offer visitors
10. Harry and David® Light Size Fruit Club monthly gift

Susan Sandholm, director of social services at Westminster Place, a Presbyterian Homes retirement community in Evanston, IL, says: “There are many ideas for gifts, but older adults often put time spent with family at the top of their list. So, plan a visit or an outing. Conduct a life history interview with an older adult. Record it on video or audio tape. That’s an invaluable gift for both the giver and the receiver.”

About Presbyterian Homes

Founded in 1904, Presbyterian Homes is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization with a national reputation for creating extraordinary retirement communities. Presbyterian Homes serves older adults through its residential and healthcare programs on campuses in Evanston, Lake Forest, Arlington Heights and Chicago, IL. The organization is accredited by the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission, the nation’s only accrediting body for retirement communities. To find out more about Presbyterian Homes, go to

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