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Father's Day Gift Ideas for Seniors (2015)

June 16, 2015

Father's Day is this coming weekend - are you having trouble picking out a gift? When it comes to dads and grandpas, deciding on a gift can be tricky. But it doesn’t have to be; just consider his interests, hobbies, and desires. Whatever you decide on, try to choose a gift that the two of you can enjoy together. Here are some Father’s Day gift ideas and activities that your aging loved one might enjoy.

Hobbies & Interests Gifts
A lot of men enjoy some type of hands-on hobby, skill or game. Gifting him with supplies for his favorite hobby can be very handy. Spend the day out by going to a supply store together to stock up on some of the materials he needs. Another idea is a board game. Who doesn’t enjoy a board game now and then? Purchase a game he played as a child, or even a puzzle, and spend the day indoors enjoying it together. No particular hobbies? Sign your loved one and yourself up for an interesting class at your local library or a sightseeing tour. Learn something new, and do it together.

Helpful Gifts
Think about things your loved one may really need. Make him a booklet of IOUs for household chores and errands. Is there anything that could help if he has a health condition? Does he need a new pair of reader glasses, a grab bar, a reacher (grabber) or a new cane? Concordia Medical Equipment could help with certain items like those. If your loved one spends a lot of time in a wheel chair, look for items that can help him around his home. Maybe he would like a wheelchair attachment bag that holds and organizes important objects so that they are always nearby. Other useful accessories ideas include cup holders, lap trays and seat cushions. If you've noticed that dad or grandpa may need a helping hand around the house, you could consider bringing in non-professional homecare services. Check out Concordia Visiting Nurses Private Duty services for more information.

Appetizing Gifts
As the old saying goes, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Consider a treat bag of all of his favorite snacks. Does he enjoy drinking coffee? If he doesn’t have one already, gift him with a new coffee maker or a Keurig so that he can make fresh individual cups throughout the day. Cooking can be an enjoyable and tasty activity, so try making dinner together. If cooking isn’t in your wheelhouse, take your loved one out for a meal at his restaurant of choice.

Entertaining Gifts
Instead of going out to dinner, take your loved one out for a movie or get tickets to a show or band performing in the area. If he is into sports, try to get tickets to his favorite team’s upcoming game. If he doesn’t want to spend the day out, bring the entertainment to him. Music would be a great gift, like CDs or records. If your special guy likes to read, he may benefit from a book light or reader magnifier. Instead of book accessories, he may enjoy an audio book for home or the car so that he can listen to it wherever he goes. Also, a subscription to a new magazine could be a fresh gift that he gets throughout the year.

Clothing & Apparel Gifts
See if your loved one needs some new attire. A new pair of pajamas is always useful. If your loved one wears slippers, gift him with a pair that has nonslip bottoms that can help prevent slips and falls, but are durable also. A cozy new blanket or robe for lounging around the house is a great gift. Regardless of how active he is, give him extra motivation by buying him a wristband fitness tracker, like a Fitbit Zip, that will record his daily steps and activity levels.

Reminiscing Gifts
Photos tell a story that can last a life time. Tell your loved one’s story by making a scrap book or a photo collage of his life. This is a great gift because it can be added to at anytime. Have some drawings or paintings made by his kids or grandchildren framed. If you are looking for something new, get a professional family portrait taken and put it in a nice frame.

Do you think you or a loved one may be a good fit in the Concordia family? With locations throughout Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, discover what our senior living facilities can offer and arrange a tour of your local Concordia campus today! Learn more about our Care Levels & Services, or call our Administrative Headquarters at 724-352-1571.

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