Arthritis Center of Lexington   330 Waller Ave 100 Lexington,KY40504   (859) 254-7000
Arthritis Center of Lexington
330 Waller Ave 100
LexingtonKY 40504
 (859) 254-7000
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Holiday Gift Ideas for Loved Ones with an RMD

Holiday Gift Ideas for Loved Ones with an RMD

This is an ideal time to start thinking about what you want to get your loved ones for the holidays. If you have a loved one with an RMD, there are certain items that can help improve their quality of life. Keep the following ideas in mind when you begin writing out your holiday shopping list.

Gifts to Ease Pain and Stiffness

Those who have an RMD typically experience some degree of pain and discomfort, along with stiffness and cramps. While your loved one’s doctor can help manage this through prescription medication and other medical care, you can purchase gifts that also ease these symptoms. Some ideas to consider for your loved one this holiday season include:

  • Compression socks to help ensure proper blood circulation, which eases stiffness
  • Hand warmers, microwaveable slippers and electric blankets to help ease pain and prevent stiffness from occurring 

Gifts to Make Daily Tasks Easier

Rheumatic disease can make it hard to do daily tasks due to stiffness and pain. Items that can help your loved one do these tasks with ease make great holiday gifts. A few ideas to think about include:

  • Ergonomic gardening tools that are light enough and easy to use for those who have an RMD
  • Food dicers, jar openers and other kitchen items that help with food preparation 
  • Golf grips made for those with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, so that your loved one doesn't have to miss out on a favorite activity
  • Touch lights and key turners that make doing these tasks simpler

Having an RMD can raise the risk of mood disorders, such as seasonal affective disorder and depression. Gifts that can lift your loved one’s spirits can help improve their emotional and mental well-being.

Gifts to Brighten Their Mood

Having an RMD can raise the risk of mood disorders, such as seasonal affective disorder and depression. Gifts that can lift your loved one’s spirits can help improve their emotional and mental well-being. Holiday gift items to consider include:

  • Self-help books, especially for those who are coping with a chronic disease that affects their everyday life and their mood
  • Lamps for those with seasonal affective disorder to make up for less exposure to sunlight in winter
  • Items that reduce stress, such as a gift card for a massage therapy session

Gifts from the Heart

You don’t necessarily have to purchase a store-bought item to give your loved one this holiday season. Consider offering a gift from the heart instead. These gifts might be practical ones that can help reduce stress, or they can be emotional ones, such as the gift of your company. Some ideas for this type of gift include the following:

  • Help with household tasks, such as laundry
  • Giving the house a thorough cleaning and helping them get organized
  • Rides to the store, medical appointments and other errands
  • Taking them out to lunch or dinner or to the movies

If you are seeking recommendations on ways to comfort your loved one through the holiday season, please contact our caring team at Arthritis Center of Lexington.

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