Out of holiday gift ideas for your parents, grandparents or other older adults in your life?

Consider these truly useful ideas.

1. Public Television Membership: One of Chicago television’s jewels is our own WTTW. With all of the viewing choices available today, they still deliver the high-quality variety that older adults really appreciate. WTTW membership makes it possible to keep exceptional, commercial-free programming on the air, plus also entitles you to special discounts and privileges. $40-149 annually, WTTW  

2. Philips Lifeline Medical Alert System: This discreet, waterproof personal help button can be worn around your neck or on your wrist as a medical alert. When you sign up for service, you share the contact information of the people you’d like to help you in event of an emergency. Just press the button to get the help you need. Monthly fee varies by location, starting at $29.95 per month, Philips Lifeline 

3. Apple iPad: The original is still the best and most user-friendly tablet choice. It’s become both a learning tool and therapeutic device for older adults. Think of all the games grandma can play, plus connect with the grandkids via Skype and FaceTime! Let the kids set it up for Gramps. Starting at $399, Apple Retail Stores, Northbrook Court and Westfield Old Orchard