If you have an elderly relative to shop for this holiday, it can be hard to come up with good gift ideas. Needs become more simple and worlds shrink with age. So focus on improving daily activities. One idea is to make meals a brighter part of each day with colorful, cheery place-settings. For my grandmother’s 89th birthday this year I got her some colorful dishes from West Elm. A single place-setting is very affordable ($), and you might consider a new one each year or even each season. Research also suggests that brightly colored dishes can help draw the attention of people suffering from dementia, helping them focus on the important task at hand.
I also love the choices from Anthropologie:
For many elderly people, pictures are a great way to help them stay connected. Consider a digital picture frame that you can load with family pictures like these available on Amazon:
Another picture-themed idea is a calendar featuring family photos. Consider featuring photos from your relative’s childhood, wedding, etc. in addition to more recent photos with children and grandchildren. I love the options from Minted in particular: