Great Resources All Seniors Should Explore for Financial Help or Savings.
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4 Great Resources All Seniors Should Explore for Financial Help or Savings

Senior care is expensive and inflation isn't helping any.  Fortunately, there are thousands of federal, state, and private benefits programs that provide financial help for seniors. I saw this incredible article that really will help us all. But unfortunately, you have to "dig" these programs out of the massive internet or find someone who lives and breathes this stuff everyday. 

To quickly find programs for yourself or your older adult, look at this free service from the National Council on Aging called BenefitsCheckUp.

This trustworthy, easy-to-use online tool simplifies the process and saves time.

A trusted free service from the National Council on Aging

BenefitsCheckUp is trusted and safe to use because it’s a free service from the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a leading nonprofit service and advocacy organization.

Since 1950, the NCOA has been working to improve the lives of Americans aged 60+, especially those who are struggling.

They provide community programs and services, online help, and advocacy.

NCOA also builds public awareness, influences federal legislation, and creates national programs to make life better for older adults.

Their BenefitsCheckUp tool is also the nation’s most comprehensive online tool that connects older adults to benefits.

How to use BenefitsCheckUp

Step 1: Enter your older adult’s zip code and choose some or all of the benefits categories to see the programs that are available in the area.

Step 2: Expand the sections and click the provided links to find out more about available programs.

To find out if your older adult will be eligible for specific programs, click “Complete Eligibility Check” or “See If You May Be Eligible” to answer additional questions.

The result will be a personalized report and links to further info about how to apply for each program.

Step 3:   Find benefits programs that provide financial help for you or your older adult

Here's Another Great Resource: 25 Resources That Provide Financial Help for Seniors

I really like this page from GoFundMe

If you are finding finances a cause of stress even after retirement, you are not alone. More than 22% of Americans have savings of less than $5,000 for retirement, and 15% have nothing saved for retirement at all. If you or a senior you care for is struggling financially, know that there are resources available to provide help and hope. Read on to discover ways to find financial help for seniors.

Here's A List of benefits by state

This is given to us by AARP. Take a peek...

And Here's a Guy Who Simply Explains Our Medicare

Medicare 2025 and the changes we might see.  This guy really dummy downs the Medicare maze for all of us. Be sure to watch TIME: 14:52 to see if you qualify for an IAMAA (income-related monthly adjustment amount)  refund if you had to pay extra into Medicare in the past 2 years.

Hope this helps! Let me know if you find resources and I'll compile then for all of us!

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Recalls & Returns: Seniors Be Aware

Why do we ignore recalls and returns?

“Oh, it’s just too hard to return it. I’d rather not fool with it”.

We’ve all felt like this before. The product didn’t work out. So, do you return it?, trash it?, give it away as a present to someone?, or put it in the “charity” column for a tax right off? Or did you stick it up in the closet somewhere thinking you might “fix it” or “use it” someday?

Recalls vs Returns: Don't ignore them.

The big difference between a recall and a return is that the company initiates the recall, and the buyer initiates the return.

There are many reasons a company might recall a product and even more reasons why a consumer might return a product.

In general, the percentage of people who respond to a recall can range from quite low to relatively high. For example, in some cases, only a small fraction of affected consumers may take action, perhaps because they are unaware of the recall, do not perceive the issue as serious, or simply do not want to go through the hassle of returning or repairing the product.

On the other hand, if the product is expensive or complicated, it might be repaired in some fashion.

Companies do not like to just give money to folks who cannot show proof that they actually bought the product, so they purposely make it hard to get a refund for the product.

This is one of the reasons half the recalls in 2023 were hard to get. In her article, Teresa focuses on what companies and Congress need to do to make this process easier for consumers. Folks do not want to jump through all the hoops and have to pay shipping to send the product back. It’s an expensive thing to ship and a headache to stand in line at the US Post Office.

Her full article is a huge eye-opener to how some companies work the system when a product is at fault. Sadly, A Fisher-Price product caused 30 infant deaths initially and offered a refund or voucher to distraught parents who then had to send back a piece of the sleeper.

Because the returns were so low, the recall was re-announced as another 70 babies died in the sleeper.

Well-spoken in her article:

[Companies should stop with the frustrating, unnecessary obstacles, the CPSC should try harder to negotiate better terms for consumers, and Congress should mandate easy recall requests to help keep consumers safe and not harmed financially just because they bought a product that was later recalled.]

How about those returns?

Now let’s look at returns. Those items are unsatisfactory to you, the consumer, and you want your hard-earned dollars back.

The return rate varies significantly depending on the sales sector and the period but, according to these data, we can say that at least 30% of all products ordered online are returned to the sender, compared to 8.89% of the items purchased in a physical store.

I suspect that the 30% rate is high because many of these products are returned through Amazon. But Amazon has a built-in check and balance system.  If they see a product is being returned at an incredibly high rate, they will no longer sell it.

A physical store takes more time, gas, and motivation to get out and wait in line to get a refund after finding your receipt.

For 2022, according to the National Retail Federation, consumers returned an estimated $816 billion worth of retail merchandise purchased online. This was only a return rate of 16.5% of total retail sales or one out of every six purchases. Of this, 10.7% are considered to involve return fraud.

If my math is correct does this mean, we have about $873 million in returns that were deemed a fraudulent return? Whew!

But let’s go back to recalls…

For your convenience, here is a list of ongoing recalls you might want to look at:

For seniors, it is very important that you know your vehicle, food, and medicine are safe.

For example, right now, we may have a recall on our:

  • Vehicle but you must put in your license plate and it will tell you if the vehicle needs repair.
  • - provides us with food recalls.

                     There were 19 food products recalled just last month.

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has jurisdiction over recalls involving the following:
  1. Drugs
  2. Vaccines
  3. Medical devices
  4. Blood and plasma products
  5. No recalls last month.
  • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has jurisdiction over more than 15,000 kinds of consumer products used in and around the home, in sports, recreation and schools including: 28 products recalled last month from this category.
  1. Appliances
  2. Clothing
  3. electronic/electrical
  4. Furniture
  5. Household
  6. Children’s products
  7. Lighting/Lighter
  8. Outdoor
  9. Sports
  10. Exercise

Recalls are more about safety than getting your refund.

We seniors should pay closer attention to them for not only our safety but the safety of our children and grandchildren.

Returns? Well, if the product doesn’t work for you, why not just return it and get your hard earned money back? This puts money back into your pocket and keeps the product off your shelf!

But Suzanne, it’s just to hard to return it. I’d rather not fool with it”. 😓


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5 Resources All Seniors With Dementia Should Know About

There are so many resources out there on the internet that it gets confusing as to what you should look at and believe.

These are the top five resources I consistently use because I know they are valid. I also know that they are in the thick of what dementia is all about. and I know that they are not trying to sell us anything.

As I was skimming through the internet looking at other resources I noticed that they were trying to sell an idea or a fad to us. and it just doesn't work.

For example one of the latest fads is fasting that people need to fast. well in truth we fast for 8 hours out of every 24 when we're sleeping. we also know that seniors need their energy and their nutrition on a consistent basis. when we are fasting we are not keeping our metabolism up like we should.

It is shown over and over again that seniors who eat regularly six small meals a day maintain their energy flexibility and engage in life much better than the person who doesn't. but having said that you need to know that they also do it because they eat healthy foods with ingredients that they can pronounce and they stay away from processed foods.

So here are the five resources that are the best and safest for us to delve into.

Alzheimer's Association: The Alzheimer's Association offers a wealth of resources for caregivers, including educational materials, support groups, and online forums. Their website provides information on understanding dementia, managing symptoms, and accessing local resources and support services.

Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA): FCA is a national nonprofit organization that offers support, information, and resources for family caregivers. They provide online resources, publications, and webinars specifically tailored to caregivers of individuals with dementia. FCA also offers a helpline for personalized support and guidance.

National Institute on Aging (NIA): The NIA, part of the National Institutes of Health, offers a comprehensive guide for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Their website provides information on caregiving strategies, managing behaviors, and planning for the future. is an online community and resource hub for family caregivers. Their website features articles, expert advice, and caregiver support forums specifically focused on dementia care. Caregivers can connect with others facing similar challenges and find practical tips for managing day-to-day care.

Teepa is the best for dementia behaviors. I have added her 17-minute video for you to understand how powerful this person is.

Stay out of the confusion. When you get on the internet look at what they are telling you.

Is it a fad, something they're trying to sell you or is it really research-based common sense material?

And remember what works for one person, like the 21-year-old guy who tells you to eat beans for breakfast because that works for him, has nothing to do with a 75-year-old senior.

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How to find senior resources near me

Finding resources for seniors and family caregivers in your area can be crucial for accessing support, assistance, and services tailored to your specific needs. 

When it comes to finding resources, there are thousands out there. The problem is most of us pass over them because either we are so overwhelmed with the information or we take one look and say, “Nope.” We have to start small and never prejudge.  

And the second problem is that when we talk to one person we think they know everything. This is never the case. People share different information. Case in point: You see your primary care doctor over and over again for a condition and then one day you see someone else and they take you in a whole new direction. 

Here are some steps you can take to locate these resources:

  • Ask for Recommendations: Always start with your friends, family members, or neighbors who have experience caring for seniors. They may be able to provide valuable recommendations or insights into resources that have been helpful to them. I have a whole network of friends and professionals whom I’m texting for the next meeting to this and that. I love panel discussions because then I can meet 5-6 panelists afterward and that expands my network of information. 
  • Contact Local Senior Centers: Senior centers often serve as hubs for various resources and services. They can provide information on activities, support groups, classes, and local agencies that cater to seniors and caregivers. These folks are amazing with what they know. You do not need to be a member or attend their activities but they know who’s who in your community. 
  • Attend Community Events and Workshops: Keep an eye out for community events, workshops, and seminars focused on senior issues and caregiving. These events can be excellent opportunities to network with other caregivers, learn about available resources, and gain valuable knowledge and support. These health fairs have vendors standing around waiting to be asked questions. They would love to share with you. 
  • Visit Local Libraries and Community Centers: Libraries and community centers often have bulletin boards or resource sections with information about local services and support groups. Also, there is a resource librarian there who can help you comb through the material. Again, you have to find the person who is willing to help so keep going back. 
  • Consult Healthcare Providers and Elder Law Attorneys: Who do they recommend? They offer guidance and referrals to resources in your community. They may know of programs, support groups, or services that can help meet your specific needs.
  • Go online and check with Nonprofit Organizations: Many nonprofit organizations focus on senior care and caregiver support. Organizations like the Alzheimer's Association, AARP, and local charities often provide resources, education, and support groups for seniors and caregivers.
  • Join Online Support Groups: Online forums and support groups can connect you with other caregivers facing similar challenges. Websites like and Caregiver Action Network offer forums where you can ask questions, share experiences, and access resources recommended by other caregivers. These are great resources. 
  • Reach Out to Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs): ADRCs are valuable sources of information for seniors and caregivers. They offer personalized assistance and can connect you to a wide range of services, including transportation, housing assistance, legal aid, and healthcare options.
  • Explore Government Programs: Government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels often have programs designed to support seniors and caregivers. Websites like can help you identify programs and services you may be eligible for, such as Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits.

The more information you get the more you can share with someone else. I love to do workshops in the area and attend community leader meetings in my field so I can get to know more and more people. So ask away until you find what you need. 

By taking these steps and actively seeking out resources in your area, you can better support the needs of seniors and caregivers in your community. Remember that it's okay to ask for help and to explore multiple options until you find the support that best fits your situation.

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10 Must-Have Senior Resources for Living Independently

Where To Get Started

If you need resources in order to live independently then you have come to the right place. 

There are many things to think about. Some of these services are free and others you will need to pay for unless you qualify for their programs. 

This being said, these programs may have so many guidelines that by the time you fill out 17 pages of information, the last line states, “If you are dead, then you qualify.” Just kidding, but you know how frustrating this can be. 

Here are 10 resources to consider

Ask yourself or your loved one these questions to help determine what kind of help is needed:

  • Medication Management: Do I always take my medication at the right dose, on time, every day? Do I need help sorting, organizing, and keeping track of my pills?
  • Personal Care: Am I able to go through my everyday activities by myself? Can I get up, get dressed, make a good meal, and perform other daily tasks without help?
  • Household chores: Do I have the resources and equipment to do my chores alone?
  • Home repairs: Am I able to make minor repairs around my home as needed, or do I have the resources to have those repairs completed for me?
  • Meals: Do I have the ability and resources to eat three healthy meals a day?
  • Money management: Did I save up enough for retirement? Am I confident in where I’m spending my money and why?
  • Healthcare: Do I have insurance coverage for when I need medical, dental, vision, and other types of coverage?
  • Transportation: Do I have the means to be able to get where I need to go?

This is just a starting point. See the Senior Freedom Club for how to know exactly what you’re own situation is going to need in order to remain independent. 

Here is a list of 10 companies, organizations, and products that aim to help aging adults successfully live independently.

1) Medication Dispenser

Medication management is a crucial part of life for many seniors. Of course, super-agers are trying to get OFF medications, not on them.  (See my story in the Senior Freedom Club about my practice in Kentucky versus my practice in Florida).

Without a family caregiver or care services, remembering to take medication on schedule can be what keeps you from independence.

There are memberships you can buy where they will call you and remind you to take your medication. They can get pricey so a dispenser, especially one with an alarm to remind you is a good alternative. 

Personally, I like the alarm because many blood thinners have to be taken every 24 hours and never skipped so this can remind us it’s time to open the hatch. 

2) National Council on Aging

The NCOA aims to improve the quality of life for older Americans. They focus on healthy living concerning physical and mental health, and being proactive versus reactive. They also offer financial security by offering money management, retirement planning, and job training services. Their platform does not just benefit older adults — they offer resources for caregivers, professionals, and aging policy advocates. This is important for all seniors to stand up and be heard. It is a non-profit and it’s nice to know that the CEO, Ms. Alwin doesn’t make millions in salary but has a respectable salary. 


The AARP's mission is to improve the quality of life for people 50 and older. They operate as a non-profit but also have another non-profit called the AARP Foundation. Many people have mixed feelings about AARP for many different reasons. They do offer information and educational posts geared towards all aspects of senior living. They are good at helpful resources, from healthy habits to news updates. They do make over a billion dollars a year, maybe closer to 2 billion by now.  According to the paddock post, most of this comes from royalties or from selling supplemental insurance to seniors.

3) Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

This is a wonderful program and most seniors do not know about it and do not look into it. PACE is an all-inclusive program that offers services for aging adults 55 or older. They offer assistance for both assisted and independent living. If you are eligible, they cover all medical expenses under the program — any services you receive outside their program is, of course, covered by you. Enrollment is easy and opens at the start of every month.

Make sure to do a bit of research, as PACE operates by different names in certain states. For example, it is called LIFE, or Living Independence for the Elderly, in Pennsylvania. Get your elder law attorney to do your legwork for you so you get this right. They should all be familiar with the PACE program. 

4) Eldercare Locator

Located in the U.S., Eldercare Locator is an excellent resource and a free national service. Just put in your zip code and find help near you. A part of the U.S. Administration on Aging, this service helps locate local resources for elderly care in a variety of areas. From housing to insurance and transportation, you can get information.  However, many of these agencies are government, so if one person doesn’t seem helpful, keep trying until you find one who will proactively engage with you. 

I’ve had to do this many times for members of the Senior Freedom Club and it has paid off nicely. 

5) Area Agencies on Aging

With over 620 locations, Area Agencies on Aging support a geographical network that can span multiple counties. They offer services for seniors who are 60 and older. They offer resources for the following:

  • Meal programs
  • Caregivers
  • Insurance counseling
  • Medicaid/Medicare application assistance
  • Transportation
  • And many more benefits!

6) National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Not to be confused with the National Council on Aging (NCOA), the NIA is an institute under the National Institutes of Health, operating as a federal agency. They conduct research and have a scientific approach towards aging and extending life expectancy. Their website is a trove of educational resources to learn more about aging topics, such as Alzheimer’s, proper nutrition, beneficial exercise, and more.

If you want to be better prepared for your journey into your golden years, this is a great resource to leverage to understand your aging journey.

7) Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a national meal program that delivers meals to those in need. I only offer this as an alternative to having your meals or groceries delivered by a service company. Many seniors shop at Walmart through their pick-up or delivery service. The pick-up service means driving right up to the building and someone comes out with all your things—no waiting in line or being in crowds.  Even if it is for one item, most of us love this service!! But always check the bag before driving away! 

8) Health Finder

Health Finder is a service that helps compile a ton of resources, making it easier for you to find the assistance you need. It operates under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Their educational articles are easy to read and understand. They cover a variety of topics, including mental health, doctor visits, proper screening protocols, and health conditions. Each topic has multiple articles that are specific and in-depth to guide you to the info you need. But don't expect to find the best doctors here. 

9) Money for Veterans or their caregivers

Aid and Attendance is a wonderful program to see if you or your family qualifies for up to $2700 a month to use as you see fit. They will also help you fill out the forms and get it right so you get these benefits. All our members who qualify get this kind of assistance as it is money that keeps coming in month after month. Thank you for your service. You deserve to have this. 

10) Age Fearless Academy (

There are national programs out there for you to look into but they are basically all “do it yourself” programs. When we modify our homes, we tend to make huge costly mistakes and it’s always too late to correct them. 

Liz Kennedy specializes in home modifications. Basically, her promise is…Homes Fit for a Lifetime. Do it once and do it right. Contractors work with her and she knows what products are good and which will fall apart. Her background is as a physical therapist so Dr. Kennedy has worked with thousands of clients and patients who needed extra help in how their homes should be modified and increased in value as well. I highly recommend you talk with her before spending any money. 

So, use these resources, and don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to.  There is a wealth of information out there and it’s all for the taking. 

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6 Spring Celebration & Easter Gifts Ideas

I scouted the internet for you. What to buy for our upcoming spring celebrations!

Many articles give 30 to 100 gift ideas.

To me, that’s too overwhelming. 

So I broke it down to the top 5 gifts (plus 1 safety gift) I think you might like and why I think they will work for you or your family members and friends. 

To see all these gifts and compare, click here.

You all know I love the gift of time and building those memories with one another. So, most of these gifts are all about that. Enjoy!

Here goes…

I Wrote a Book About You — A fun, fill-in-the-blank book.

This is a great activity to do with your grandchildren or your grandparents. It’s gotten great reviews, laughs, and tears. You have to see it and fill it in the blanks in the sentences as you go. And the biggest gift of all? Spending time with one another. 

Here’s an example of a sentence you might fill in…

It’s kinda crazy how____ you are, you’re always completely and effortlessly _____, I think your ability to _____ is pretty remarkable, if you were an animal you’d be a___, if you were a color you’d be ____, if you were a soup you’d be___, if you were a superhero you’d be____, my favorite thing about you is your _____, one of the most wonderful things about having you in my life is getting to see you______, I describe you as absolutely completely ____.

Microwave Safe Therapy Mittens with Flax Seeds - Moist Heat Therapy Relief for Hands and Fingers for Stiff Joints, Trigger Fingers, Inflammation, Raynauds, Carpal Tunnel, Natural Aromatherapy Gloves

This is a great gift for people with arthritic hands. It does have a lavender scent and you have no choice on scent-free but still, it’s easy to pop in the microwave and put your hand in to feel nice and warm. They are high quality and have great reviews. 

The best part of this gift is that you get to sit and relax. After all, you can’t use your hands because they are being treated to “heat paradise”.  It’s like having your cat asleep on your lap. Makes you relax, too!

200 Conversation Starters for Grandparents – Thoughtful Grandparents Gifts – Family Games for Kids and Elders to Connect and Share – Best Get to Know You Elderly Gifts and Senior Gifts Question Cards

This is a great gift for any family who wants their children to learn more about grandma or grandpa. They can sit for hours and ask all these questions. What’s really funny is that the answers may change depending on who we seniors are talking to. Kids tell everything and sometimes we have to be careful! 

Joy-Leo Gifts for Mom Grandma to Remember Everyone’s Birthday, Wooden Family Birthday Reminder Calendar Plaque with 100 Tags Wall Hanging, Unique Christmas Gifts Idea from Daughter Son, Model JL01

I like this because the whole family can see at a glance whose birthday or anniversary is coming up.  So when the kids come to visit, or I need birthday cards, I don’t wait until the last minute but get them out in the mail on time. The reviews are great and everyone has fun putting this together with different colored pens for different people or occasions!

Couch Cup Holder Tray, Elimiko Silicone Couch Drink Holder, Strong and Weighted Phone/Remote Sofa Cup Holder, Gifts for Mom, Dad, Husband (Griege)

This is a sturdy item and well worth the money. How many times have I walked into my mom’s TV room with the TV blasting and I can’t hear a word she’s saying? I wait (and wait, and wait) while she digs the remote out from under her butt and down the chair to turn it down so I can talk to her. This thing has been a sanity-saver! 

Prepared Hero Emergency Fire Blanket - 1 Pack - Fire Suppression Blanket for Kitchen, 40” x 40” Fire Blanket for Home, Fiberglass Fire Blanket

And for SAFETY: Over 9000 reviews. This is a fire blanket you through over a stove, or grill and the fire goes out immediately. Do not need a fire extinguisher which leaves your kitchen filthy. Just grab this blanket and throw it over whatever is on fire. No carrying the pot to the sink. No running around looking for water, especially if it’s grease. Yikes. Don’t do that for sure. Just throw this on the fire. A real safety blessing!

To see all these gifts and compare, click here.

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8 Must-Have Features of a Really Good Grabber for Seniors With Arthritis. 

Most people who use a grabber can never seem to find it when they need it. And some are so much better than others.

Which is the right one to buy?  The one you will use and not lose. Speaking of losing, we recommend you tie a bright fluorescent orange or yellow ribbon around it so we can find it easily. 

Now, let's look at the top ones for your hands and sight in 2024. They must have the following features. 

If yours does not have these, consider investing in a new one. 

Comfortable Grip: Look for a grabber with an ergonomic handle that provides a comfortable grip, preferably with soft, non-slip material. This is essential for yous with arthritis who may experience pain or discomfort when holding objects for an extended period.

Lightweight Design: Opt for a lightweight grabber that is easy for you to handle without causing strain or fatigue. A lighter weight ensures you can use the grabber for various tasks without feeling weighed down.

Trigger Mechanism: Choose a grabber with an easy-to-use trigger mechanism that requires minimal hand strength to operate. Seniors with arthritis may have limited dexterity and strength in their hands, so a grabber with a simple trigger mechanism can make it easier for them to pick up objects.

Adjustable Length: Consider a grabber with an adjustable length feature, allowing you to customize the reach according to your needs. This is particularly helpful for reaching objects on high shelves or low to the ground without having to strain or bend excessively.

Rotating Head: Look for a grabber with a rotating head or jaws that can swivel to various angles. This feature enables you to grab objects from different positions without having to adjust their grip or body position, reducing strain on their joints.

Rubberized Grippers: Choose a grabber with rubberized grippers or claws that securely hold objects of various shapes and sizes. The rubberized material helps prevent objects from slipping or dropping when being picked up, ensuring greater stability and safety.

Durable Construction: Ensure that the grabber is made of durable materials that can withstand regular use. Seniors with arthritis may rely heavily on their grabber for everyday tasks, so a sturdy construction ensures longevity and reliability.

Foldable or Collapsible Design: Consider a grabber with a foldable or collapsible design for convenient storage and transport. This feature allows the grabber to be easily stored in a drawer or carried in a bag when not in use, making it accessible whenever needed. However, these may not be as strong as you need. 

This one has all the above features and not expensive. The reviews are well documented with over 50,000 reviews.

Reacher Grabber Tool, 31" Grabbers for Elderly, Lightweight Extra Long Handy Trash Claw Grabber, Mobility Aid Reaching Assist Tool for Trash Pick Up, Nabber, Litter Picker, Arm Extension 

Because they are $10, we suggest one in at least the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and TV room. We believe that when you drop something, your grabber is always in another room. This solves that problem!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Seniors and Caregivers

As Valentine's Day approaches, it's a time to celebrate not only romantic love but also to show appreciation for seniors and family caregivers. These individuals play vital roles in our lives, often prioritizing the needs of others. Let's ensure they feel valued with thoughtful gifts that cater to their well-being and interests. Whether it's promoting relaxation with cozy blankets or pampering caregivers with self-care items, the gesture of consideration speaks volumes. Additionally, offering the gift of time and support through heartfelt conversations or shared experiences creates lasting memories. Let's make this Valentine's Day about expressing love and gratitude to those who mean so much to us.

As Valentine's Day approaches, our thoughts turn to celebrating love and affection for those dear to our hearts. While this day is often associated with romantic gestures, it's also an ideal opportunity to show appreciation and gratitude to seniors and family caregivers who selflessly devote their time and energy to caring for others.

Valentine's Day is not just about romantic love; it's about expressing love and appreciation for all the special people in our lives. Seniors and family caregivers play vital roles in our families and communities, often putting the needs of others before their own. This Valentine's Day, let's make sure they feel valued and cherished with thoughtful and meaningful gifts.

When it comes to selecting gifts for seniors or family caregivers, it's essential to consider their unique needs and preferences. Instead of traditional chocolates or flowers (although those are always appreciated!), why not choose something that speaks to their interests and enhances their well-being?

For seniors, consider gifts that promote relaxation, comfort, and enjoyment. 

Family caregivers often juggle multiple responsibilities and may neglect their own well-being. Show your appreciation for their hard work and dedication with gifts that prioritize their self-care and relaxation.

Beyond material gifts, consider giving the gift of time and support. Offer to spend quality time with a senior loved one, whether it's a heartfelt conversation over a cup of tea or a leisurely stroll in the park. For family caregivers, provide practical support such as offering to run errands, preparing a home-cooked meal, or arranging for respite care to give them a much-needed break.

Remember, it's the thought and effort behind the gift that truly matters. Whether it's a simple handwritten note expressing gratitude or a carefully chosen gift that reflects their interests and needs, the gesture itself speaks volumes.

In addition to traditional gifts, consider gifting experiences that create lasting memories. Plan a special outing or activity tailored to their interests, whether it's a museum visit, a cooking class, or a scenic drive to enjoy nature's beauty. Spending quality time together and creating new memories is a priceless gift that will be cherished for years to come.

As we celebrate Valentine's Day, let's not forget to express our love and appreciation for the seniors and family caregivers in our lives. Whether it's through thoughtful gifts, acts of kindness, or simply spending quality time together, let's show them how much they mean to us.

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The Perfect Gift for Every Senior

What to buy that senior?

Did you know that over 90% of retail stores finally see their profits between Thanksgiving and New Year's? That's why we don't call it "Red Friday". They are finally operating in the "black", a profit. So let's start thinking about the gifts that we want to buy seniors and those who care for seniors. See the top of the page, under "Recommended" for thoughtful gift ideas.  

Can there be anything more difficult than to buy for a senior?

Well, the good news is there is something that both seniors and caregivers want more than anything else. It's time. They don’t need another wrap. They don’t need another pillow. Maybe not even a basket of fruit or a fruitcake (remember those?). Most seniors want to spend time with their family and friends. And most family members who care for seniors want a visit from you or a commitment that you will help them with their senior care.

Two stories I recently heard I would love to share with you.

A friend lives in a community where one woman is always negative. People don’t want to be around her because she picks apart everything she thinks is wrong with the community. She had lost her husband two years ago and continues to live alone. So this friend decided to go visit her and bring her a dish. The woman was thrilled to have the company.  She then admitted to my friend that it was her anniversary on that very day and she was especially lonely. She shared how they lived and worked. She shared so much other history.

Needless to say, my friend saw her in a whole new light and was thrilled she had taken the time to visit.

In the second story, another friend was talking to a coworker who was “off” her normal cheery self. My friend noticed that she seemed to be quieter with her other coworkers. So my friend went up to her, sat down next to her, and asked her if everything was OK. She noticed tears welling up in her eyes. My friend asked her if she needed a hug. The floodgates opened and as her coworker sobbed, she told my friend her whole story and the weight she had been living under.

Sharing our lives with others face to face will bring us so many benefits.

In these examples, can you see the emotional connections that occur?

Whether it’s with family, friends, or a romantic partner, the connection provides a network of emotional support that goes beyond that one connection. Sharing with another reduces stress, and increases happiness, and when we do return to our own homes, we bring that sense of feeling good into our own homes. A sense of joy we might have missed.

These examples also broaden our perspective of the world and make us question our own view of what we think is right or wrong with another person. As we hear the history of another, their opinions, their cultures, and the way they were brought up, or even their troubles, we increase our empathy, get a better understanding of this complex world, and again when we return home, we show more patience to those we love and live with.

Another benefit of sharing time with another is the memories we create as we relish in another's memories and stories. As we hear others share with us, we tend to remember our stories, our past successes and failures. We want to share, too! We celebrate together and we each contribute to a richer and more meaningful life.

So, as we hurry into the next few months, sending off text messages, and best wishes for whatever holidays arrive, let’s not forget that the person we are giving the message or present to might love to hear our voice and share some time with us as well as the gift we give them.

Gift-Giving Ideas for the Senior in Your Life

I have broken down the gifts I recommend into 7 Categories. Please go to "Recommended" at the top of the page and you will see a dropdown menu of all the categories and when you click on the page, you will see some stories I have written about how the gift meant so much to me or a family member. I hope you can use these as you go through the year giving gifts.

And don't forget the gift of time. 

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