Grandparents are essential!
American grandparents in 2011 took care of almost 5 million (4.8 M) of the pre school aged children in America (National Today, 2022). As a new Grammy, who tries to be available at least one day per week to help out my new “little”, I can see how much we are needed! Young families have a lot of stress and pressure, with high student loans and demanding jobs. They need all the support they can get.
Grandparents deserve our thoughtfulness 🙂
On Grandparent’s Day we typically purchase flowers, cards, and candy. But a more thoughtful gift might be one that assists and promotes the health and independence of your parents or grandparents. How about surprising them with something meaningful that could improve their health and safety? And you can still include a treat:)
Practical Grandparents Day gifts:
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1 Medical alert jewelry can be pretty as well as protective. My siblings and I gave my sweet mom a gold bracelet with a “memory” alert and a number to call. I was so grateful we did that- It kept her safe more than once.
2 A large face digital clock with day, date, and time. (affiliate link) Staying connected to date and time is good for cognition. This clock is great for people who have memory issues or difficulty seeing the small numbers on a watch.
3 A book of personalized notes (affiliate link) Love and encouragement promote good health!
4 A cup and phone holder that attaches to a walker (affiliate link) Increase their safety with a place and a reminder for hydration and connection.
5 Non slip jar opener. (affiliate link) Wrist pain, weak grip, and arthritis can make opening bottles and jars very frustrating. This is an inexpensive tool which helps to minimize pain and maintain independence in the kitchen!
6 An electric toothbrush. (affiliate link) Shoulder, neck and wrist pain may increase with brushing teeth. Dental hygiene is important for good health!
7 A Grandparents Travel Mug (affiliate link) It is so important to keep seniors hydrated!
8 Family Photo display Looking at familiar photos and reminiscing are positive and helpful activities for seniors!
And, my favorite gift:
9 Purchase inexpensive health organization “printables” and give them the gift of your time: help them get their health organized!
You can slo find packets of these at Etsy.com
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