Choosing presents for older parents and grandparents gets harder as the years roll on. They’ve either got what they really want or they don’t want anything else. But edibles are always a good choice. So we’ve looked for gifts that would suit people with different outlooks, from those who’d love to learn a new culinary skill to those who don’t cook anymore.
It’s time for our annual gift guide that work for those very difficult people – the older parents and grandparents who say they have everything they need. As ever, we asked for ideas aimed to spread a little happiness rather than just be plain useful.
In Case of Emergency (ICE) cards are a great idea, but the older we get the more information we need to share. A piece of card tucked into a wallet or purse may not fit the bill any longer. EIO Technologies has produced a plastic smart card that could be the answer.
You been giving your mum gifts for the last 30 or 40 years or more. So what is there that would be different and appreciated? We’ve been looking at some more unusual or personal ideas available for Mother’s Day 2016. And where we’ve tested them ourselves we’re let you know what we think.
We’re always looking for opportunities for families to enjoy time together, so when the Hilton on Park Lane invited us to see what’s on offer for the “silver” generation, we went armed with a list of questions but prepared to enjoy. Our review looks separately at Afternoon Tea and overnight stays.
Simple changes can make navigating and enjoying the shopping and eating out experience much easier for those with dementia. What practical steps can retailers take, and what do the retailers have to say?
Scamming seems to be a growth industry and the techniques that scammers use can be overt or subtle. Shan Hughes provides a roundup of advice that you can pass on to older members of the family to keep them safe both in their home and online. And she offers some pointers to getting trusted help when it’s needed.
Flowers, chocolates, fragrances – there are plenty of traditional presents for mums on Mother’s Day. If you’re looking for something different for a mum who’s hit retirement age here are a few suggestions.
It’s that time of year again - let the present panic commence! If you’re struggling for Christmas gift inspiration we’ve put together a few ideas that are available currently (November 2014) to help you find the ideal present for parents and grandparents.
Avoiding loneliness can be quite a challenge for anyone that’s housebound or can only get out with help. We look at a scheme run by the charity Independent Age in the UK that aims to help people with similar interests talk together by phone.
According to the Internet (so it must be true) 65% of dads would rather have no Father’s Day gift than be given a tie. So if you observe Father’s Day, here are some different ideas that have passed our way. And yes, there’s a lot of eating and drinking on the list.
Rebecca recently went on a “Dementia Awareness in the Community” training programme run by local charity Alzheimer’s Dementia Support. She shares the practical tips she learnt for dealing with dementia and her new perspective on the disease.
Energy suppliers’ codes of practice are difficult to wade through at the best of times. But when you feel that your parent isn’t receiving the necessary help with their energy bills and you want to find that particular section on customer care it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees, we're here to help.