Just because you’re not as young as you once were doesn’t mean you should get stuck inside the house day and night! Not only is it a lot of fun to get out and about every once in a while, but going out can also encourage your loved one to make personal connections with others, which can greatly improve the quality of their life.
If you have parents that love to get out of the house, or you simply want to encourage them to get out more, consider giving them one of these cool gifts.
- Cooling neck towels
It is so important to your health to work out and be active, no matter what your age! Unfortunately, working out gets more challenging, and it also gets more uncomfortable, due to medical conditions and hot flashes. Encourage your loved one to get out and hit the pavement with a cooling neck towel.
You’re probably wondering why a regular bathroom towel won’t do? Well, cooling neck towels are made out of advanced materials, like PVA, that are specially designed with super-charged evaporative properties. These materials are able to keep your skin cooler than the surrounding air longer than regular terry cloth towels, making them a much better way to cool off. From exercising to gardening and even lounging by the pool, wearing a cooling towel is sure to make daily activities more comfortable for your loved one.
- MP3 Player
Technology can be intimidating for senior citizens, but that doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from everything that the newest technological devices have to offer! If your loved one likes to get out and about, chances are, they will greatly appreciate having their very own MP3 player.
Not only is it a great gift to keep the senior in your life entertained while exercising, but if they drive, you may even be able to show them how to hook up the MP3 player in their car!
Want to make using the MP3 player even easier? Consider pre-loading it with some great music. Check out this Rocking Senior Citizens playlist for some ideas.
- Wireless headphones
How is your favorite grandma supposed to listen to all that cool music on her new MP3 player? With a new pair of wireless headphones, of course!
The technology may be a bit uncomfortable for your loved one at first, but not having a cord is a real benefit. Headphone cords can get tangled up easily, and they’re nearly impossible to untangle, especially for arthritic fingers. They can even cause accidents if you get caught in the cords.
With wireless headphones, your grandma will be the coolest lady on the block!
- Portable magnifying glass
There’s nothing more embarrassing than getting lunch with a friend, only to have to ask the waiter about every item on the menu. Because of this, seniors prefer to stay at home for fear of embarrassment. Encourage your loved one to get out there with a portable magnifying glass!
There are a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to choose from. Some models even include bonus features, like a lanyard necklace or a flashlight.
From sitting in a doctor’s waiting room to riding the bus, your loved one is probably used to lugging around books to keep her occupied. Get rid of the clutter and give her the gift of an e-reader instead! Upload all of her favorite novels and show her how easy it is to access, read, and bookmark her spot. You can even show her how to download her favorite magazines!
- Ticket to a community event
If you’re really having a hard time getting grandpa out of the house, and you just don’t think any of the other items on our list will do the trick, consider purchasing some tickets to a community event.
From concerts to food events and plays, buy tickets for the whole family and swing by and pick up grandpa on your way there!
Don’t forget about GPS medical alert devices. They make great gifts too!