10 tips for holiday gifts to seniors

Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 07:20 PM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Looking to give your senior loved one something special this holiday season?

You don’t need a big budget or a creative gift list.

 What seniors want the most could simply be assistance with holiday preparations and activities, according to one local expert.

“The aging process, which can cause changes in vision, hearing and mobility, often sidelines a senior during the holidays, limiting their ability to enjoy so many of the traditions that are important to that generation,” said Todd Harrell, owner of Home Instead Senior Care, which serves Okaloosa and Walton counties. “That’s why the most valued gift for many seniors is assistance to continue to shop for gifts, bake Christmas cookies and tour the holiday lights.”

Here are 10 possible gifts for senior loved ones:

• Shopbut not until you drop. Conditions such as macular degeneration, which leads to poor eyesight and inability to drive, can make shopping difficult for older adults. Take seniors to their favorite store or make online shopping memorable. Tune into seniors’ limitations.

• Keep food traditions alive. Food can play an important role in the holidays for seniors. If an older adult can no longer cook the traditional holiday meal, offer to carry on the tradition, asking the senior to help where he or she can.

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