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Grandma’s top gift wish? Time with loved ones

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That precious grandmother who came to your soccer games in the rain, and spoiled you with homemade fudge deserves something terrific on Mother’s Day, which is May 13.

While it’s easy to send a bouquet of lilies, what grandma wants most is time spent with you, according to A Place for Mom (APFM) survey.

This senior housing resource discovered that seniors, who’ve received a lifetime of gifts, have different needs as they age. “Seniors in assisted living might be dealing with health issues, or have needs for everyday items that wouldn’t normally come to mind.”

The top three gift categories for seniors, according to APFM, include:

1. Spending time with the loved one, whether it’s a lunch or dinner out, or even just an uninterrupted hour spent listening, can be an amazing gift.

2. An iPod or tape recorder loaded with the senior’s favorite music can evoke happy memories. Many seniors love listening to songs that they recall dancing to and enjoying, such as swing music or tunes from the big band era. Ask your senior her favorite song, and find others from the same decade to add to her listening device.

3. A photo album, electronic photo frame, memory box, or scrapbook can become a prized possession. Gifts do not need to be expensive to be impactful. An album of past and current photos can evoke priceless memories. Other personalized items, such as a locket or pendant embedded with a special photo, are popular.

Traditional gifts are also appreciated, including pens, stationery and stamps; flowers; green plants; gift cards to a favorite salon, including transportation; toiletry items; plush bathrobes and slippers; large-print books and puzzles; and favorite food and beverage products, such as a memorable candy from childhood. Other ideas include walker attachments (such as tote bags), magnifying glasses, personalized fleece blankets, lap desks, and medication management devices.

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