Holiday Gift Ideas for People With Parkinson’s

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by Mary Beth Skylis |

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Christmas is just around the corner, and I’ve started thinking about gift ideas for people with Parkinson’s, particularly my dad, who is pretty practical. He usually prefers tools to knickknacks or sentimental items. He tells me to get him socks and Channellocks, which I’m happy to do. But I also like to purchase items that can provide him a little extra comfort or convenience.

Following are a few ideas I’ve had for Dad’s 2021 Christmas gift list.

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Smart device accessories

Last year, I got Dad an Amazon Alexa device because I knew he could use it to make phone calls or ask about the weather. It can also be connected to other smart devices, such as lightbulbs, outlets, doorbells, and microwaves. One day, I’d really like to make his home as voice-activated as possible. Instead of fumbling around for the light switch or forgetting to turn off the coffee pot, he can rely on technology to lend him a hand.

Cutlery and cups

There’s an eating utensil on the market that helps users with tremor. The technology keeps the utensil steady, so you don’t have to worry about spilling the soup in your spoon, for instance. My dad isn’t quite ready for a device like this, but I’ve been thinking about getting him something that falls into the same category. For example, weighted silverware can help to maintain better control. And there are spill-proof cups and mugs that are relatively affordable and easy to find.

CBD oil or lotion

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound derived from the cannabis plant that may potentially treat pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other conditions. Dad and I have been experimenting with various CBD oils for a number of years. I’ve found them to be somewhat relaxing, and Dad thinks they may help him sleep a little better.

However, because marijuana is illegal and thus unregulated at the federal level in the United States, it can be difficult to know how much THC, the compound that produces a “high” feeling, is in certain products. This is part of the reason we’ve tried so many.

This year, I’d like to look at CBD lotions that may help with muscle tenderness or stiffness. Dad also lives in a state that has legalized marijuana, so he and I might take a look at some topical products containing THC at a reputable dispensary in his area. Always be sure to consult your physician and check your state’s laws before trying any CBD products.

If you or a loved one has Parkinson’s, please share your gift ideas in the comments below.


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