With Father’s Day coming up on September 4th, it’s time to start thinking about the ideal gift for your elderly dad. Take his favourite pastimes into consideration and you’re sure to find a useful gift he’ll also enjoy. The staff at North Coast Home Care Assistance have 5 suggestions for awesome gifts you can get for your ageing dad this Father’s Day.
1. A Gift Certificate for the Golfer
Surprise your father with a gift certificate for tee time at his favourite golf course. Not only will he get to spend quality time with you or a few of his friends, but he can also benefit from the low-impact exercise. If your dad has a difficult time walking the full 18 holes, you can also pay for the cost of a cart rental.
2. Classes for the Lifelong Learner
Challenging ourselves by learning new skills and information is key to keeping mentally sharp in the senior years. If your father has always wanted to learn a new language or hobby, arrange for him to take a class in a subject that piques his interest. Many universities, community colleges, and technical schools offer short-term classes specifically designed for seniors.
3. A Subscription to a Genealogy Website for the Family Man
If your father loves to tell family stories, consider getting him a subscription to a genealogy website like Ancestry.com. He can put his detective skills to work and create a family history that can be passed down to future generations. Exploring his lineage may also give him the opportunity to reconnect and reminisce with long-lost relatives and even create new memories.
4. Reading Supplies for the Book Lover
If your father loves to read but finds it difficult to see the print, consider giving him an adjustable magnifying lamp. These lamps, which run off batteries and double as magnifying glasses, can make it more comfortable for your dad to read anywhere in the house. A subscription to Audible is also a great choice if your father prefers to listen to his books or enjoys the flexibility of being able to take books with him anywhere.
5. Large Puzzles for the Puzzle Enthusiast
Extra-large jigsaw puzzles are a great way to keep senior dads with mild to moderate dementia mentally stimulated. There are a variety of puzzles available online with only a few dozen pieces. The extra-large pieces are easy to manipulate, and the nostalgic themes can tap into your father’s long-term memory and encourage him to share stories from his younger days.
Another gift you can consider for your elderly dad is the gift of in-home care. The caregivers at Home Care Assistance make wonderful social companions, and they can also provide transportation, assist with mobility, and help with many important daily tasks. In addition to respite and live-in care services, we also provide comprehensive stroke, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s home care North Coast families trust. For more information and to schedule a free in-home consultation, call 1300 LIVE-IN or (02) 6646 3527 today.