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Tokens of Love: Heartfelt Gifts Ease Senior Loneliness and Isolation

This post originally appeared on the LivHome blog.

More than 40% of adults over 60 feel lonely on a regular basis, and the cost of senior isolation is high: chronic loneliness among older adults is a predictor of functional decline and even death. Unfortunately, in our modern times seniors and their families often live far apart. How do we stay close to older loved ones when we can’t see them every day?

I believe very strongly in the power of thoughtful gifts to ease senior isolation. Gifts are a great way to show love when you’re not able to visit. Don’t know what to get? Here are a few gift guidelines:

  • Keep it simple. Most people over 60 have all the “stuff” they need. Rather than sending large or expensive items, send a few smaller gifts. Things that they can use such as snacks, stationery, and personal care items are always appreciated.
  • Make it pretty. Nicely wrapped presents, no matter what they are, really show that you care.
  • Make it personal. The best part of the gift is the thought behind it. That warm feeling of being loved lasts much longer than the present itself. Personal touches like photos and a note add a great deal to the gift experience.

My own grandparents live thousands of miles away. The best part about sending them gifts is always the phone call that comes when the package arrives, when I can hear the joy in their voices. These experiences inspired me to create a service that helps other people stay close to their older loved ones.

My company Gramsly makes care packages for seniors, and we customize each one based on the intended recipient. I love learning about my customer’s loved ones and and choosing the perfect gifts for them. Every box tells a unique story that I feel privileged to share. One person sent a Gramsly box to celebrate a 99th birthday. Another client sent a box to her grandmother who was unable to attend her upcoming wedding. Gramsly boxes are also sent as “get well” gifts or holiday presents. In all cases, the senior recipients are overjoyed that someone thought enough of them to send a present. Most importantly, the gift giving invariably leads to a heartfelt conversation between the giver and the recipient, bringing them closer together.

Every day Gramsly helps families stay connected. If you’d like to send a gift to someone special, please visit our website for more information.

Bride’s flower girl is her grandmother.

How sweet is this?

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At Laura VanPelt’s wedding this past weekend, the flower girl stealing the show from the bride wasn’t an adorable toddler, but rather her 94-year-old grandmother.
What a wonderful way to include grandma in your big day!

Foster Grandparenting

Have you heard about foster grandparent programs? Foster grandparents are volunteers age 55 and over who help children in their local communities:

Foster grandparents serve 15 to 40 hours per week helping children learn to read, mentor ing teenagers and young mothers, caring for premature infants or children with disabilities, or helping abused/neglected children. Volunteers receive training, meals while on duty, and may be eligible to receive a small stipend.

Know anyone who might be interested in becoming a foster grandparent? Please click on this link for more information:

http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/senior-corps/foster-grandparents

We think this is a fabulous idea!

 

Announcing Gramsly’s “Meet A Senior” blog series

Here at Gramsly we’re always on the lookout for interesting and uplifting content about senior citizens. So much of the news focuses on the darker side of life. For instance, this morning the top result of a Google News search for “grandmother” was a gruesome story about a grandmother murdered in a nudist community.  The second most popular story was about a grandmother and her 3 grandchildren perishing in a mobile home fire. But at the same time, so many wonderful things are happening in the senior world:

We understand that the media outlets have a job to do, and that job includes reporting the bad news. However, we know that there’s a lot more to the story of getting older than what is being reported. Gramsly loves senior citizens and thinks they deserve to be celebrated for their wisdom & life experiences, and recognized as human beings with valuable stories to tell. That’s why we’re starting a new series on the blog called “Meet A Senior,” where we’ll feature senior citizens and tell their stories.

The good news is that anyone can be featured! If you know a senior (including yourself!) that wants to participate, please contact info@gramsly.com.

 

11 year old girl designs unbreakable cup for Parkinson’s patients (like her grandfather).

Have you heard about Kangaroo Cups? Designed by 11 year old Lily Born, these 3-legged cups help patients with Parkinson’s Disease drink without spilling. Kangaroo Cups are a really family affair – Lily’s inspiration was her grandfather, who has Parkinson’s, and her production team includes her father, who has brought many products to market in the past:

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Top: Lily’s grandfather with an early version of the Kangaroo Cup. Middle: Stacked ceramic Kangaroo Cups. Bottom: Inventor Lily. Photos courtesy of the Kangaroo Cup website.

On May 9, 2014, Lily and her team launched a Kickstarter campaign to make an unbreakable plastic version of the Kangaroo Cup. Their goal is $25,000, and as of today, more than $36,000 has been pledged from over 1000 backers. We at Gramsly love the idea behind Kangaroo Cup, and we love that it was started by a young girl to help her grandfather.