We know how hard it can be to give grandmothers a gift they will actually use, says Barry Birkett of Senior Care Corner. Fortunately the technology industry has so many ways we can give something she doesn’t realize she needs but will use and enjoy.
Greenville, SC (PRWEB) April 26, 2012
Mother’s Day is around the corner, which for many signals the annual “what do we get Grandma this year” lament. Senior Care Corner has some ideas from the technology area and web that will please many a grandmother and maybe even mothers, too.
“We know how hard it can be to give grandmothers a gift they will actually use,” says Barry Birkett, Senior Care Corner Co-founder and tech expert. “Fortunately the technology industry has so many ways we can give something she doesn’t realize she needs but will use and enjoy.”
These gifts and other thoughtful selections can bring Grandma great joy in working with her loved one on setup or implementation and add enjoyment to her life for years to come. Seniors and consumer electronics are a great avenue for family experiences.
Budget-Friendly Gift Ideas
- Help Grandma set up her smartphone. More and more older adults are getting smartphones because that is what their cellphone provider offers or they see friends and family with them. Many are simply using the phone as a phone, though, and could use expert family assistance in picking and setting up apps and learning just how many ways their new phone can be useful to them.
- Get Grandma set up on Facebook and YouTube. There are many benefits of social networking for seniors but also many risks if not approached properly. Sit down with her to set up a cover photo and information about herself to share with others. Maybe most importantly, help her set privacy settings and to understand how to use them to make sure her information is only shared with those she intends.
- Scan her favorite photos and set up a digital scrapbook so Grandma can view them, often in larger size, on her computer or TV. Show her how to share them on the web – and maybe discuss which ones maybe shouldn’t be shared because, while cute or a valued memory, they might not be viewed in the proper context by a potential employer or someone else forming an impression of a family member featured in the photo. Don’t forget to store backup copies somewhere!
Open-the-Wallet Gift Ideas
- Arrange for a digital video recorder, either from her cable or satellite provider or by purchasing a separate unit, which could then be personalized by setting it up to record Grandma’s favorite shows or movies.
- Get Grandma a flat screen TV. Okay, this is admittedly requires opening the wallet quite a bit but could be tag-teamed with other family members. A new TV is something many older adults won’t buy for themselves, even if needed, and many could benefit from a larger screen due to eyesight that isn’t what it was in younger years.
- Buy her a video game console and a few select games. Many older adults (and younger folks, too) can benefit from the activity involved with many video games. Look especially for a game or two that improves senior brain fitness to help her stay sharp and fight memory loss.
About Senior Care Corner
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