I was thinking about what to write this week, and my friend, Tilly, offered to me, ‘Why don’t you write about what we can give to the elderly, who don’t really care about all the traps and stuff anymore. that ? “
I loved his idea, so I asked my friends on Facebook. Bless them. They are always mobilizing to help me.
“What are you giving the older crowd?” ” I asked them. Here are some great ideas from the Facebook crowd.
“Dine at favorite restaurant.”
“Stamps with small note cards so they can communicate with others (old-fashioned).”
Food. “I drive for the Senior Citizen Center a bit and you would be amazed at how many people are in need of food. Also, the camaraderie. Some are very lonely!
“Warm socks, quilt or throw, indoor shoes, lotions, Readers Digest, stamps, mailing cards, scented lotions, powder, small Christmas tree, books, color and color books, paper, pencils, cosmetics, nails, etc. ”
Gert replied: “I know what not to buy old people (me), Tech anything! My son James makes me a big batch of gingerbread cookies. I love his creativity! Look forward to them every year.
“A photo frame that mixes up all the photos sent in by friends or family is a great way to keep track of all events. Expensive though. It’s bigger than a phone screen (6 by 8), so easy on old eyes.
“Gift cards where they can buy food, gas or other basic items. ”
“If they live in bigger cities, gift cards for Door Dash, Grubhub. “
“Time. Give them your time. Stop for a cup of coffee and a chat. Take them in the car. My mother liked us the girls to take her for a ride. Go get some ice cream. A phone call. once a week Clean the house for them or have it done Get your hair done.
“Pedicure and manicure.”
“Whether they like gardening or flowers, a poinsettia or an amaryllis always brightens up the holidays.
“Knee cover. “
“Newspaper subscriptions or in addition to their current subscriptions so they don’t have to buy.” I make photo calendars with the family, photos of children so they can see us all year round!
“Things to keep their minds sharp like crosswords, coloring books, of course clothes, gift cards so they can buy whatever they want and need.”
“Gift cards for restaurants, beauty salons, and utility bills.” “
“If they’re still at home, bring them soups, homemade stews, etc., in microwave-safe dishes, accompanied by homemade sweets (fruit pies, muffins, brownies, etc.).
“IOUs, especially from grandchildren. But they’re nice to your kids too. Make cards and according to each situation, recognize a Saturday afternoon of shopping; or cleaning; or play Scrabble. No matter what you can think of, something to do to give them your time.
A big thank you to all of you for these contributions. It gave me an alert, a warning, a “watch out” and I’m going to use those ideas. Hope you can use them too.
Judi Tabler lives in Pawnee County and is a guest columnist for the Great Bend Tribune. She can be reached at [email protected]