Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby had a lot of funny insights into fatherhood, but for the purposes of today’s post, we thought this would be his most appropriate nugget of wisdom:
“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.”
And if your aging Dad or Grandpa is fine with soap-on-a-rope, then by all means, slap a bow on it and offer it up this Sunday, June 17 – which, of course, is Father’s Day. If you want to consider some alternatives, here are a few other ideas from Concordia.
And as usual, please don’t hesitate to add your own suggestions in the comment section at the bottom of the page!
Sports gifts – Tickets for the two of you to an upcoming baseball game, historical and/or autographed sports memorabilia, a new fishing pole, a tee time at the hard-to-get-into golf course, a trip to one of the sports halls of fame or museums.
Safety gifts – Mobility aides, like a new walker or cane; arthritis aides, like a grabber or arthritis hand mitt; a medication reminder system or an emergency alert system.
Movies/cable – Prepay for half a year of his favorite premium channel, like the NFL Network or HBO; prepay for half a year of Netflix and help him set it up; go see a movie together.
Housekeeping/Home Upkeep gifts – Prepay for a few months of weekly housekeeping, laundry, meal planning/preparation or home health aide services (through Concordia Visiting Nurses, of course); fix or find a handyman to help spruce up projects around the house, like installing the ceiling fan, painting the living room or steam cleaning the carpets; go through the basement/attic/spare room and get rid of unwanted stuff.
Tech gifts – Golf course GPS, a Kindle or other mobile reader that allows you to easily enlarge the type size, digital picture frame with a bunch of family photos preloaded.
Personalized gifts – Deck of playing cards with pictures of family members on the back, an autobiography kit, engraved grilling utensils, tackle box or golf club.
Time spent – The best gift of all. Ask him what life was like for him when he was your age; ask him for advice; go to his childhood neighborhood and ask him what’s changed; watch Judge Judy and The Price is Right together.
Founded more than 130 years ago, Concordia Lutheran Ministries is a faith-based, CARF-CCAC accredited Aging Services Network and recipient of the inaugural Pennsylvania Department of Aging Excellence in Quality Care Award. As one of the largest, most financially secure senior care providers in the country, the organization serves over 20,000 people in the western PA region annually through home care and inpatient locations. Concordia offers a lifetime continuum of care that includes adult day services, home care, hospice, medical and rehabilitation services, memory support, personal care, respite care, retirement living, skilled nursing/short-term rehab, spiritual care and medical equipment.