May 24, 2018
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More holiday gift ideas that will please your favorite senior

By Carol Higgins Taylor

If you read last week’s column and got some gift ideas for your favorite senior, I am sure you are relieved. And I’m glad. However, I have a few more suggestions, all of which are cost effective.
• How much would you pay for some relaxation while helping a non-profit? Michelle Lakeman, of BeautiControl, a company specializing in spa treatments, skin care and anti-aging products through at-home spa experiences, has designed a fundraiser that is a winner for everyone.
Think about having four of your friends come over to your house to enjoy a personalized spa treatments with Michelle, including exfoliating hand scrub with sea salt, heated gel neck wrap, warming spa facial and more. Your cost is a mere $20, which breaks down to only $4 per person. If you have never had these spa treatments, you don’t know what you’re missing. Find Michelle on Facebook to learn more.
The $20 coupons are available at EAAA or by calling Michelle at 907-9796. And every penny goes to Eastern Area Agency on Aging and Ross Manor. Treat your friends and give them the gift of spa treatments and relaxation.
• Education is invaluable. How about a little home schooling for your senior. If your loved one has recently acquired a computer, give internet lessons and set up an e-mail account. Maybe even a Facebook account, with detailed instructions, so pictures of grandchildren are only a click away. I have a number of senior friends with accounts and they love it.
• Help a senior get organized with The FILE, a yellow folder that keeps track of important papers. The FILE stands for Financial, Investments and Insurance, Legal and Estate Management and contains places to write the names of important people and institutions. The FILE stores financials, insurance information, vital documents and instructions on funeral arrangements. There is also a “survivors’ guide” that is a comprehensive checklist for loved ones.
• And then there is the Senior Medicare Patrol Personal Health Journal. This is a great stocking stuffer or gift enhancer when tied to the present with ribbon. It is a bright pink book where you can log your medical appointments, any procedures and prescriptions. These are also free and can be had for the asking.
• Worried about a senior becoming dehydrated? This can be a serious problem and most seniors do not drink enough water, plus aging bodies can’t conserve fluid the way younger bodies can.  There are easy to hold water bottles on the market that are lightweight, have airtight covers and even straws which can help prevent spills. Some of these plastic glasses can be personalized with family photos.
Now, here are a few items you probably know about by already but that bear mentioning again as holiday shopping invades our lives:
• The File of Life:  This magnetic plastic pocket contains a senior’s pertinent medical information, such as medications and doses, doctors’ names, emergency contacts and medical conditions and goes on the fridge. The File of Life is a great stocking stuffer and is free through Eastern Area Agency on Aging.
• Is your house number easily seen at night? The Penobscot County Triad offer highly reflective house numbering signs for a nominal cost of $6 to $12. These 6-inch-by-8-inch signs are made of highly reflective materials which meet the 911 standards. The signs are two-sided and attached to a post, one-sided with post or a sign without the post.
Everything listed here is available at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Think about it. About $32 will get you a house numbering sign and a party spa. The File of Life and The FILE are free. And a party of spa treatments and relaxation for you and four of your friends is sure to bring smiles to the holidays.
Carol Higgins Taylor is director of communications at Eastern Area Agency on Aging.

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