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Open Your Heart, Not Your Wallet, This Holiday Season

By Carol Marak

Recent reports from Dallas Home Care market have shown that to a senior, the most precious gift for the holiday season is to spend time with their family and loved ones. According to a national poll that surveyed 500 individuals aged 65 and older throughout the United States, 98.6% recall who they were with for last year's festivities, but less than half (42.4%) can't choose their favorite gift. So it is no surprise that this year 91% plan on celebrating with family and 84% of these seniors believe this will be the best gift that they could receive. Proving, that you don't need to have excess finances available to make a senior happy over the holidays, since the most cherished gift you can give will be yourself.

Even if you are intending to provide the senior in your life a token gift under the tree, the cost truly isn't important, so don't fear that you will need to break the bank.  Most seniors would prefer to be surprised and have no specific wants; happy instead to simply receive something that was personally chosen with them in mind.  

With the declining economy and the quickly approaching holiday, rest assured that last year, 37.7% of seniors were more than satisfied with gifts received under $49 and 45.1% of those who could choose their favorite gift received last year, said it only cost $50 or more, but appreciated the thoughtfulness of the gift-giver more than the object itself. If you are concerned that by spending less this year, you will be upstaged by a senior, rest assured that finances are on their mind too; nearly all seniors surveys indicated that they would spend the same or less on gifts as previous holidays.

When preparing for the upcoming holiday, ensure that families do not need to open their wallet; only their heart to care for elders in their lives.

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      Paris Mano wrote Jan 14, 2009
    • In my opinion I feel that most of the elderly at Christmas time enjoy the presence of their family and friends over gifts. So many times I have seen family members go get their parents who are in nursing or retirement homes and bring them home the weekend before Christmas. They did not want to be bothered with having them there on THE DAY! I volunteered at a retirement home calling Bingo numbers every Thursday evening and at Christmas many of them were there for the holiday.


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      Vikki Hall wrote Sep 12, 2010
    • I would love to be able to have my elders around. They always add richness and fun to any gathering!

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      Linni wrote Sep 12, 2010
    • Gosh, this will be the first Christmas without my parents... its gonna be weird! and sad..
      my parents NEVER wanted us to buy them anything... they only wanted our time with them!heart

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