Give some thought to seniors

The slumping economy has taken a heavy toll on those who live on fixed incomes. Making the holiday special for those you care about can often be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be.

An analysis of more than 12,000 senior gift requests conducted by Home Instead Senior Care reveals some of the most popular holiday wishes of older adults are those that are most practical, especially in these difficult economic times.

So I encourage you to include practical ideas like gift certificates to grocery stores, gas cards and personal items for seniors who may be on your holiday shopping list.

Other suggestions include: gift certificates to restaurants and grocery stores, or gas cards for seniors who drive; personal items such as hand and body lotions, creams and shower gels; blankets, robes and slippers; books and magazine subscriptions; crossword and puzzle books, and pencils; hats, mittens and gloves; towels and wash cloths; boxed chocolates, chocolate-covered cherries and hard candies; stamps and stationery; and finally, gift certificates for companionship services.

— Steve Coleman
Home Instead Senior Care

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