Holiday Gifts to Inspire an Elderly Woman


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Hi- this is my first visit to your site and am very impressed.

My grand-mother (Nanny) is 87 years old and just beginning to find it difficult to move around. For decades she was the primary care-giver to my crippled grandfather who died about 12 years ago. She finds comfort in cleaning the house, doing dishes, cooking, etc. but is becoming unable to perform these tasks.

Because of this Nanny is beginning to show signs of losing her will to live. She has no hobbies, and because she is increasingly immobile does a lot of sitting around. This holiday us grand kids are trying to think of something we can give her that she'll embrace as something to do to pass the time. She dislikes reading, won't knit/sew (she was a seamstress in a sweat shop for many years).

I'm hoping that perhaps others on your site might have some suggestions into areas I might look into. Thanks

Bryan Smith
Boulder, CO

Posted on 2002/12/10 12:24

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Hi, Bryan!

Thanks for visiting ElderHope. Sorry it took so long to reply. Normally, we try to reply within 24 hours but we've both been so busy lately.

It must be very hard to see her lose her will to live. It's wonderful that you have observed this and are trying to find something meaningful for her to do.

As you have put your post into Life Review, it seems like that might be a direction that you feel would be helpful. We couldn't agree more. Maybe taking the time to bring in old pictures and sit down with her to help her prepare a scrapboook would not only help engage her, but would also give her a direction to go in.

As I'm heading off to work, I'll try to give some more thought to the topic and post again later. Til then, other visitors?

Posted on 2002/12/13 8:20

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