Gift Ideas for Aging Loved Ones for Valentine's Day or Any Day

Finding the right gift for a parent or other older family member can sometimes be challenging. Whether it be for Valentine's Day or any day, remember you don't need a reason to give a gift to someone you love!

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Gift Ideas for Aging Loved Ones for Valentine's Day or Any Day
4 Min Read February 4th, 2022

Remember when your mom left you a Valentine's Day card when you were a kid. Perhaps you also received a sweet treat. You may have given your mom or dad a Valentine's Day card or gift as well.

The years go by fast, but the love your mom or a dad has for their children never ends. When a parent gets into their golden years, thinking about gifts for Valentine's Day may become more challenging. However, the feelings you have for them have not faded. 

The perfect gift for an elder parent will bring back memories for everyone and reinforce the loving bond between parent and child - no matter what the age. 

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, now is the time to find unique gifts for those who mean the most to you. However, if you're trying to find something to give an aging loved one, such as a parent, guardian, relative, or family friend, you might struggle to find something they don't already own.

Nonetheless, when your loved one enters a new stage of life, it creates the perfect opportunity to give them a gift that correlates with this lifestyle change. With that in mind, here are the best Valentine's Day gift ideas for your aging loved one.

One nice thing about any of these ideas is that you don't need a reason to give a gift to someone you love!

Something That Reminds Them of Spring

Depending on where you live, if your town or city experiences harsh winter weather, Valentine's Day might fall right in the thick of it. 

Thankfully, you can cheer up your aging loved ones by giving them gifts that remind them of spring. For example, you could offer them a small citrus tree to grow in their garden or on an apartment balcony.

If they live in a long-term care facility, a flowerpot with some roses should do the trick. Giving your loved one a plant of some kind will provide them with a sense of purpose, and if they grow a citrus tree, some delicious fruit as well.

Personalized Walking Canes

If your loved one needs assistance with mobility, you could get them a cane if they don't have one already. However, if they already have a cane or two in their collection, you could surprise them with a personalized walking cane.

Engravings can turn any gift into a lifelong memory, which is why engraved canes make excellent Valentine's Day gifts. You could engrave their initials, a special date, or a quote from one of their heroes. No matter what you choose for the engraving, make sure you know the best walking canes to buy men in 2022.

Spend Time with Your Loved Ones

If you still can't figure out what to get your aging loved one, spending time with them can supersede any material gift. For starters, you could plan out a special day of engaging in their favorite activities. To cap it off, grabbing dinner at your loved one's restaurant of choice or cooking them their favorite meal is a beautiful way to finish off Valentine's Day.

Overall, gifts are merely a token of gratitude for the affection and joy that our loved ones give us throughout our lives. Now that you know some of the best Valentine's Day gift ideas for your aging loved one, you can offer your thanks in the most meaningful way possible.

Other Unique Gifts

Here are three other gift ideas that an older family member may enjoy.

  • Smart picture frames: Several sizes are available that display a rotation of family photos you preload. Find family photos from the past and recent ones that will remind your loved one of the many memories they have had throughout their lifetime.
  •  Custom photo calendar: Many older people still like old-fashioned wall calendars. You have a custom printed calendar with a family photo for each month. If you are really creative, you can use an image that matches the month of the year.
  • Large print playing cards: Many older people love playing cards with friends. You can purchase larger print decks that are easier to see and handle. 

Don't forget the gift of time. Spending time with your loved one may be the best gift available; however, just a phone call can make their day.

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Mallory Knee is a freelance writer for multiple online publications where she can showcase her affinity for all things beauty and fashion. She particularly enjoys writing for communities of passionate women who come together for a shared interest and empower one another in the process. In her free time, you can find Mallory trying a fun new dinner recipe, practicing calligraphy, or hanging out with her family.

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Editor's Note

Greater longevity means we have family members usually for many years. However, life does get in the way, and we don't always stay in touch with older parents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives like we should. Plus, COVID-19 sometimes makes it harder to see older loved ones who may need to be isolated due to the virus. 

Longevity also means declining health and long-term care. Finding quality caregivers and facilities when your mom or dad needs help with daily living activities is a priority. 

LTC NEWS offers you help. If your parent or loved one needs care now - or soon - you will need to find the appropriate care in the right setting depending on their needs. 

First, does mom or dad need long-term health care services? Do you know the signs to look for? Finding quality care options and the money to pay for this care will be a priority. 

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If they are lucky enough to own a Long-Term Care Insurance policy, be sure they use it. Sometimes families wait, thinking they can save the benefits for a rainy day. Waiting on using available Long-Term Care Insurance benefits is not a wise idea. 

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If you don't have Long-Term Care Insurance, you will have to fund these costs from your income and assets. Your children may also find themselves in the position of becoming caregivers. The role of a caregiver is physically and emotionally demanding. 

An affordable Long-Term Care Insurance policy will give you the tax-free resources to pay for your choice of quality care services, including in-home care. Your family will have the time to be family instead of a caregiver.

Most people obtain Long-Term Care Insurance in their 50s when premiums are lower, and the most options are available.

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Insurance rates are regulated, so no insurance agent, agency, or financial advisor can give you special deals. However, premiums vary over 100% between insurance companies for the same coverage.

Experts suggest using a qualified Long-Term Care Insurance specialist to help you navigate the many options available to you and your family.

A specialist who works with the top companies can match your age, health, family history, and other factors and find you the best coverage at the best value. A specialist will save you money, and you will have peace of mind knowing they are making the appropriate recommendations - Work With a Specialist | LTC News.

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Reverse Mortgages Could Be a Solution

Today's reverse mortgages for those aged 62 and older could be an ideal resource to fund a Long-Term Care Insurance policy OR even provide money to pay for care if you, or a loved one, already needs help and assistance.  

Some people have much of their savings invested in their homes. With today's reverse mortgages, you can find ways to fund care solutions, care itself, even help with cash flow during your retirement. 

Learn more by asking questions to an expert. LTC NEWS columnist and host of the TV Show "62 Who Knew" will answer your questions regarding caregiving, aging, health, retirement planning, long-term care, and reverse mortgages. 

- Just "Ask Mike." - Reverse Mortgages | LTC News.

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