How to Buy Gifts for Older People

When considering what gifts to buy an older person, think about convenience, comfort, and safety. As part of the aging process, older people lose some of their ability to function as they once did. Their short-term memory is not as intact. They may have had a hip replacement that didn't turn out so well and now they hobble, instead of walk. Their diminishing eyesight requires them to wear reading glasses. These are just a few of the changes an older person deals with as they age.


In terms of consumer spending habits, older people have acquired all they need to have a good quality of life. They tend to spend less money, and are wary about marketers trying to part them from their cash. Unlike younger people, more prone to buying trendy clothes, the latest tech gadgets, and fancy cars, older people save more of their income. They are looking at retirement and how they will maintain their standard of living then.

Some of the ways older people save money are eating out and going to the movies less. Instead, they may host or attend small dinner parties and use their home theater systems more often. Night driving is more risky for them, because their night vision has deteriorated. They feel more comfortable and safer watching entertainment in their living rooms, rather than sitting in a drafty theater, with thundering sound systems.

Whatever gift you choose for an older person, keep in mind convenience, comfort, and safety and you can't go wrong.

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