No matter how old we are, we never lose the need for touch and warmth.
It’s hard enough to get our needs met when we’re young and active. Getting the love and play we need as older adults seems that much harder.
That’s why I compiled this list of hand-picked products that bring genuine warmth and joy to our lives.
You might not have known how beautiful robots, puppets, and blankets can be.
These help us feel better when our emotional gas gauge is moving toward “empty.”
Top Weighted Blanket Pick for Seniors
Laura LeMond has a sensory processing disorder. This disorder makes it difficult for her to experience the sense of touch. She hasn’t lost the need for touch that all human have. It’s just that she has an adverse reaction to it. Needing but not being able to get touch led her to invent her Mosaic Weighted Blanket.
The best weighted blanket for seniors is the Mosaic Navy Minky Weighted Blanket in either the “throw” or the “twin” size. The “throw” comes in 8, 10 and 12 lbs. models The “twin” comes in 10, 12, 15, 18, and 20 lb. models. The exterior is super soft and comforting to the touch. The individual weighted squares sewn inside give you the feeling of being hugged.
The science behind weighted blankets is overwhelming. These are blankets that calm us when we’re stressed, and help us sleep when we’re lying awake at night.
The magic comes from the combination of a soft blanket exterior and an evenly-spaced weighting system inside.
The heaviness of the blanket tells the body “you’re being hugged.”
Feeling hugged under the Mosaic blanket produces the same endorphins we experience during an actual hug.
The weighted blanket really helps with sun downing, and the 5-8pm crying period some elders experience. “My mom says that she feels like someone is always touching her.”
— Laura Lemond, Mosaic Weighted Blankets
The blanket is especially useful for stressed seniors and seniors with insomnia. Using the blanket creates a calmness that lowers anxiety and helps us to fall asleep.
How to Choose a Weighted Blanket for a Senior
Anyone from a child to a senior can use a weighted blanket, but seniors should take into account a few rules when choosing their weighted blanket. Pay attention to these three features to make sure the blank is right for you (or your mom or dad):
- the blanket size
- the blanket weight
- incontinence protection
Just in general for the whole population, the general rule for the weighted blanket is buying one that is 10% of the user’s body weight.
If you weight 150 lb., get a 15 lb. blanket.
But if there are strength issues, it’s OK to choose a lighter weight blanket. You still get the benefits,
The maximum blanket size should be the width and length of the bed. It should not drape over the sites. That extra blanket doesn’t help the user, and adds weight overall.
Another option is a “throw blanket” size. Large enough to cuddle under, but smaller than the bed for couch it’s on.
Many people with king size beds will get a twin size weighted blanket to cover just the person, not the whole bed. A smaller blanket works well in a chair or on the couch, too.
Finally, think about washing the blanket in the case of accidents. The Mosaic “Hospital Grade” weight blanket protects the washable cover from accidents.
How to Buy the Mosaic Weighted Blanket
Top Robotic Pet Dog Pick for Seniors
If you love the feel of interacting with a dog but can’t have one anymore, the Joy for All robot dog might be just the thing you need. It’s sweet, it’s furry, and it has a personality.
The best robotic dog to give seniors a sense of love and comfort is the Joy for All Companion Pet Golden Pup. The Golden Pup has been tested at nursing homes where it not only generated smiles, it also enhanced human-to-human conversations. The Golden Pup brightens hearts with its soft coat, and sensors that respond to human touch. If you listen very carefully you can actually hear its little doggie heartbeat.
This little dog brings smiles wherever he goes. The love and warmth bring joy when it’s not possible to care for a live animal.
What do you do when you need to cuddle a dog, but it’s not longer a good idea to own a live dog? I have good news. THE ROBOTS ARE HERE, AND THEY’RE ADORABLE!
Most everyone loves dogs, but it’s not always a good idea for us seniors to have them. As robot interfaces get more sophisticated, we will see more and more of these companion animal robots coming onto the market.
Right now the Joy for All robots are the best you can get. They have soft fur, so they’re great for cuddling.
If you’re not a dog person or just prefer cats, Joy for All gives you two robot companion choices.
The Companion Pet Cat is wonderfully soft and sweet. She purrs and meows when you pet her. Unlike “real cats,” she never gets overexcited and attacks your arm. The VibraPurr makes her feel extra real when she expresses joy over her human giving her love.
The Company Pet Kitten is a sweet little kitten with plush fur and VibraPurr technology. The kitten actually kneads when you pet her! Just like a real baby cat.
How to Buy a Joy For All Dog, Cat or Kitten
The Companion Dog, Cat and Kitten all come complete with batteries and instructions. There is no need for going walkies or getting a litter box. They bring joy to everyone who meets them.