Aging Parents: Mother’s Day Gifts 2013–Thoughtful and Personal-2 (continued)

Sometimes it’s nice to update an older person’s wardrobe with a gift of clothing or jewelry. With this in mind, listed below are some of Sr. Advisor R’s favorite stores. She shops from their catalogs.

At 99 she likes their clothes because they’re simple, easy to wear, and always look good. They’re usually separates which she pulls together with a sweater or jacket. Oh yes, she likes the effect that adding a necklace and/or bracelet brings to her outfits. Indeed every time I go some place with her, people remark about how great she looks. She’s the first to admit “I don’t spend a lot on my clothes.”

1.  The Tog Shop: 1-800-262-8888 Check out the necklace on the Tog Shop screen. It could add just the right touch of color to any outfit. And don’t neglect the “Sale” screen for some nice clothes at even nicer prices. Misses, Women’s, and Petite sizes.

2.  Appleseeds:  Check out some of the necklaces; also the machine-washable “Twist Yarn Open Front Cardigan,” and add “tops”–knit, tanks, tee shirts– to make an outfit– available in all sizes from Misses to Petite.

3JJill   1-800-546-4554  Adding their knit tops or tees (many options here) makes outfits when combined with a jacket or cardigan.These clothes seen to be a bit more pricey so don’t miss the “Sale and Outlet” tab. Misses, Petites, Women’s and Tall sizes.

Sometimes we notice our mother’s favorite clothes could benefit from some time at the dressmaker’s. It could be the hem length (people shrink with age); or it could be Mother has changed shape and needs clothing taken in or let out–or needs buttons sewn on, or simply has threads handing or has clothing needing to go to the cleaners. Taking care of any (or all) of the above is thoughtful and helpful and could be combined with a little gift–a necklace or bracelet that coordinates with an existing outfit?

Or–Charms on bracelets or necklaces are in style again. (I remember my grandmother having a charm with each grandchild’s name on one side and birthdate on the other.) They’re affordable in silver; pricey in gold. That said, grandchildren charms are perfect for certain grandmothers.

“Look good, feel better.” Isn’t that what we want for our mothers?” It’s another piece of helping parents age well. Happy Shopping.

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Gifts for Aging Fathers and Grandfathers–1 (2013)


More gifts ideas for aging fathers and grandfathers–than I think a man could possibly want–filled my Father’s Day gifts posts last year: 8 categories, arranged alphabetically, from “Accessories and Clothing” to “Vision.” I reread them, remembering the time and outside-the-box thinking that went into compiling the list.

Not needing to reinvent the wheel, I’ve updated the list and added a bit. I’ll post it in 2 parts so it’s not overwhelming. Hoping that your shopping is made easier and that the aging men in your life will have smiles on their faces as they open their presents.

1.  Accessories/Clothing:

  • Cane (measured correctly) or walking stick
  • Hat (to shade a bald/potentially balding head)
  • Sport shirt. (Dad liked long sleeve ones to protect his arms from skin cancer–a definite concern as he aged.)
  • Sleeveless cardigan sweater vest (not over the head). Easier to get off and on if buttons aren’t a problem. Older people run cold. Dad wore it at home. It also looked good under a jacket when he went out. (This style is hard to find…know someone who knits?)
  • An easy-to-use umbrella collapsible–opens and closes with the push of a button. (Totes makes a good one.)

2.  Computers–especially designed for seniors: Check the 6 options in my May post  .

  • A-Plus Senior Computer
  • Big Screen Live
  • Eldy
  • GO computer
  • WOW computer
  • Pzee computer

For the even less-technology-talented, check out

3.  Entertainment:

  • Subscription to a Favorite Magazine
  • Netflix
  • Subscription to newspaper–financial, current local or hometown they grew up in
  • Tickets to sporting events etc.–accompany Dad or have Dad take a friend.
  • A short outing with Dad (fishing trip, golf game, movie, zoo, his old neighborhood if it’s near–you might learn additional family history).
  • Add a premium TV channel
4.  Health/Hygiene:
  • Membership to the YMCA or a gym
  • Membership to Silver Sneakers
  • Toe Nail Clippers: for elders with still-steady hands who don’t have diabetes.
  • Panosonic’s Nose and Facial Hair Trimmer is older men’s most popular 2012 purchase according to the NYC Hammacher Schlemmer store  or catalogue–($19.95)
  • Does a good blood pressure gauge help old, older, and very old men age well? Recently an easy-to-use OMRON intellisense wrist blood pressure gauge, like the one pictured, was used on a patient in one of the doctor’s offices located in one of NYC’s top hospitals. (I phoned to double-check it out.) Check it out with your dad’s/granddad’s doctor.Product Details
    Omron Bp652 7 Series Blood Pressure Wrist Unit.  double-check on this UTube Video.
  • A great pair of shoes for walking
  • Hammacher Schlemmer’s (catalog: 800-543-3366) full screen pedometer (2 5/8 Hx 1 1/2 Wx 1/2 D). Steps walked, distance travelled, calories burned, time elapsed, average pace–all seen at once, on one screen operated by one button.
  • This medication reminder was featured in a respected hospital’s magazine, sent to seniors in surrounding communities.  Good idea for forgetful fathers (and mothers)?

To Be Completed Next Post……Until then, happy shopping

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