In previous years, I have compiled a Christmas list for Parkinson’s patients. Some of the most popular items have been terry-cloth robes to dry off in when we just don’t have the strength or our balance is wavering. Also, satin pajamas make turning over in bed so much easier.
This is an old favorite that I thank God for each day — an electric toothbrush! Who knew that someday a task like brushing your teeth would be so ridiculously difficult? It doesn’t have to be.
Yoga Toes are gel toe stretchers and separators for instant therapeutic relief for your feet and who, with PD, wouldn’t want to try some curling toe relief?
When I attended a Parkinson’s conference one summer, a panel, made up of doctors, people with PD and others, was asked “What is the best way to exercise?” and the doctor on that panel answered – get a dog. Yes, get a dog. Get a dog that will get you outside. A gift that keeps on giving. Get a dog that will get you walking regularly, which is one of the best things a person with PD can do.
A few suggestions for this year:
A reader offered the gift suggestion of a heated blanket or throw. She says it helps her person with PD have “a more comfortable evening. They have been well worth the $40 investment… .”
A list of gadgets for people with PD can be found here, but I think my all-time favorite gift is Tickets of Love.
These have always been a favorite among grandparents (given by grandchildren) or to a parent from their child. It is a booklet of coupons that is filled with little gifts the giver (child or adult) wants to give the recipient. For example:
- This coupon is good for one free hug.
- This coupon is good for one free car wash.
But how about kicking it up a notch for your very favorite person with Parkinson’s? Still, a little booklet, but filled with coupons relative to and helpful for that PD’er in your life. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
This coupon is good for a free foot rub or …
- A free hair wash and style.
- A free nail-coloring session.
- An afternoon walk.
- A picnic lunch.
- A reading from a favorite book, out loud.
- An afternoon ride to the ocean (lake, park, etc.).
Whatever you choose, with some thought and creativity, I’m sure it will be received with a grateful heart.
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