Giving gifts to aging loved ones can at times feel like an extreme sport. You might feel like your aging loved one has everything they already need or that their preferences are too specific for you to navigate, but don’t despair. With a few key considerations, you can feel confident that you are giving your aging loved ones gifts they will value, put to good use, and support their evolving needs.
Don’t underestimate or overestimate technological literacy.
You might feel that the senior citizen in your life doesn’t know much about technology and thus overlook the benefits of giving tech as a gift. If you have patience and understanding, you may find yourself surprised at how receptive your loved one is to technology they weren’t previously familiar with.
One of the biggest benefits of technology is its ability to expedite tasks. Have a conversation with your aging loved one before you spring for an expensive technology gift. They may ask for help with the initial setup or best usage practices. From there, you’ll surely be impressed with your loved one’s technological literacy!
Consider computer accessories.
Though computer technology is relatively new, Pew Research reports that 59% of seniors go online daily. According to another study conducted by Pew Research, roughly one-third of seniors reported owning a tablet device. For this reason, it’s a good idea to consider upgrading your loved one’s computer or getting them a thoughtful accessory to pair with their existing devices.
Some suggestions include:
- Colorful or personalized mouse pad
- Wireless headphones
- Amazon Alexa-compatible devices
- Selfie stick
Simplify daily tasks with smart technology.
Look around your own home. What smart technology has made your life easier? Chances are you have a number of items floating around your home that would also lend themselves to the daily functions of a senior citizen in your life.
Some suggestions might include:
- Robot vacuum
- Timed or Alexa-compatible light switches and outlets
- Home security system
- Doorbell camera
- Smartwatch with fall alerts
- Fitness tracker
- Voice-compatible TV or remote control
With Mother’s Day approaching, any of these gifts are sure to put a smile on your loved one’s face. Nothing says thinking of you like the consideration that goes into a useful technology gift. Before you know it, your loved one will be delighted at the convenience technological upgrades afford them!