Looking for a holiday gift that will be useful and appreciated? Consider the items below, selected for their practicality and simplicity. The person who receives one will think you're a genius many times over. Happy Holidays!
Item Tracker AKA Key Finder. You can attach these gadgets to any number of items: cell phone, keys, purses, etc. A press on the alert button will produce a tracking sound on the designated item. A number of companies make Item/Key Finders. You'll find them at Amazon, Best Buy, etc. Great gifts for anyone who sometimes has a hard time keeping track of all their stuff... a whole lot of us, truth be told.
Car Charger/Locator. The Nonda Zus Smart Car Charger plugs directly into your lighter port and comes with two USB ports to charge a phone or tablet. The Zus works with a free companion app that will tell you where your car is located. Available from Amazon.
Interview Journal. This journal provides questions to help you learn about a loved one's past. Its are a great tool for increasing awareness of your family's history and a fabulous conversation starter. Related journals include My Mom, Grandma, and Grandpa. Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Music Connect. Specially created musical albums use a technology call Altus Oscillation to combine the brain's existing Alpha waves with an ancient mantra sound, resulting in calming and therapeutic effects. The music is especially beneficial for people with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia and their caregivers. Additional options include Christmas music, country and western, vocal standards, and more. Recommended by Teepa Snow, nationally-recognized dementia expert and Lori La Bey, Alzheimer's Speaks radio host, albums are available in digital album or downloadable format from Alzheimer's Music Connect.
Time might be the most precious gift you can give to a family caregiver or someone who lives alone. This holiday season, offer to do a time-consuming task... cook a meal, run an errand, spend time with him or her... or with a caregiver's loved one. Though your efforts may cost you little, they will be prized a great deal by the person who benefits from them. Click here for a list of tasks that could be very helpful to a family caregiver... and to anyone who could use just a little extra help.
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The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than its value.
Holidays can be extremely joyful... meaningful rituals, special foods, decorations, witnessing childhood excitement, spending quality time with family and friends. Sometimes, however, they can be stressful, especially if we're caring for a loved one or not feeling well ourselves.
Need help de-stressing? Ask (and truthfully answer) these essential questions:
Try implementing these three key strategies.
Don't forget to think about YOUR Christmas list. Maybe it's time to ask for things that would bring you joy: a day at a spa; a coupon for "free" time away from caregiving responsibilities, a coupon for a night out. You name it! The better you feel, the better you can care for your loved one... and experience the joy of the holidays.
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"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched
- they must be felt with the heart."