EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


December 9, 2012

Grandparent does not have enough money to buy Christmas gifts this year


Schedule a day with your younger grandchildren, keep them engaged with stories of your youth, your diseased husband’s youth or the antics of their parents when they were young. Provide them with special memories of their family heritage. Have prints made of old pictures to share with everyone, this can be done very inexpensively at a local photo shop or print shop.

One of our staff always looks forward to the package she receives from her mother at Christmas and her birthday. The store bought gifts may be nice but the one that provides her with the most pleasure is the special box containing something her mother has decided to give her now rather than waiting until she has passed on. It isn’t the dollar value of the item that is important but the sentimental value that fills her heart.

You will probably be amazed at the wealth of gifts you really do have to offer your family members, ones they will always treasure.

Do you have a question? We encourage inquiries and comments from our readers, direct all correspondence to ro@esmv.org or Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. 360 Merrimack Street B#5, Lawrence, MA 01843. Rosanne DiStefano is the Executive Director of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.

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