The holiday shopping season has begun and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us the countdown to Christmas is on! Are you still looking for a little something for a special senior in your life?

There are some things to consider before purchasing a gift for a senior. Do they have a lot of items in their home already where something new might just get lost in the shuffle? If that is the case, then a consumable gift is a good alternative. Homemade or good quality store bought baked goods, jams, nuts, coffee/teas, etc. all made great gifts that can be used and won’t linger around the house. Another good useable gift for a senior is paper goods such as personalized stationery, calendars and date books/journals as many seniors still enjoy sending a letter and a calendar may assist those with dementia by keeping them oriented to the current date. Here at Senior Helpers, we send all of our clients a classic Norman Rockwell calendar every December as a holiday gift.

Material things aside, some of the best gifts are the intangible ones. A gift of your time to a senior is a delightful way to show you care. Most elders love looking through photo albums and memorabilia to talk about times past. Grab a hot drink and some albums and take a walk down memory lane with a senior as your guide, some interesting family stories may be learned this way! Attending a holiday event or performance together is also a great gift. Some upcoming local holiday events are:

Dec. 6th. 8pm. Cal Poly Choirs – A Christmas Celebration. Ensemble will present holiday favorites and some new works. SLO. Tickets are $14 for seniors.

Dec. 7th. 11:30AM. Jewish Food Festival and Fair Trade Bazaar at Congregation Beth David in SLO.

Dec. through the 29th. Annual Winter Faire. Noon-4PM. Arts and crafts in Morro Bay.

Dec. through the 31st. Times vary. The Holiday Extravaganza at The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville. A one-act version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a fractured fairytale opera, and the Holiday Vaudeville Revue. Oceano.

Dec. 1-23. Times vary. Holiday in the Pines. A month-long celebration that will light up the town and feature lots of fun events. Cambria.

Dec. 5th. 6PM-8:30PM. Holiday Lighting Ceremony at the Sunken Gardens. Tree lighting and activities for the whole family. Atascadero.

Dec. 5th 1PM-7PM and Dec 6th 10AM-1PM. Holiday Extravaganza at the Library. Photos with Santa, refreshments and gifts for purchase. Paso Robles.

If you would like to learn more about dependable in-home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional senior care at home or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-461-5892!   The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran.   In-home senior care and in-home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, and surrounding areas. Visit for more information.


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