Great Mother’s, Father’s Day gifts for boomers, seniors

By Pat Woods, Special to Independent NewsMedia
Posted 4/27/20

Spring flowers are blooming and Mother’s Day ads are on TV and in newspapers. Expect a repeat for Father’s Day June 21. Stumped by what to get parents or grandparents for their special …

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Great Mother’s, Father’s Day gifts for boomers, seniors


Spring flowers are blooming and Mother’s Day ads are on TV and in newspapers. Expect a repeat for Father’s Day June 21. Stumped by what to get parents or grandparents for their special days? With the COVID-19 virus pandemic dominating our lives, people are more interested in home cleanliness. The Revive air purifier and Swash bidet toilet seats from Brondell can be purchased at with free shipping. Watch for sales and feel free to research products online.

Revive air purifier & humidifier from Brondell

While we enjoy seeing beautiful spring flowers and blooming trees, the pollen can make life miserable for allergy sufferers. Air pollution in Metro Phoenix contributes to respiratory issues. That’s why my spouse gave me the Revive air purifier & humidifier from Brondell. 

Normally I dislike technology learning curves, but the Revive eliminates set-up stress with an easy-to-understand Owner’s Manual. The illustrations make it easy to navigate the control panel. Push the power button and select fan speed. The mode indicator shows Eco, Auto or Allergen options. The air quality button turns blue for good air, violet for fair and red for poor.

See the manual’s pages for preparing the humidifier and installing filters.

Unlike older air cleaners, Revive runs quietly. Tap the fan speed indicator to “sleep” and you will forget it is running.

 Revive does more than filter air—it refreshes air. Dual suction and HEPA filters enable this machine to work double time for you, filtering 99.97% of particulates and allergens larger than 0.3 microns.

With its unique moisture-wicking pore structure, Revive’s humidifier filter uses evaporative humidifying to evenly absorb water and distribute cleaner, more comfortable air. 

Revive contains a granulated carbon filter to trap and remove odors, harmful gases, plus vapors from paint fumes, smoke and gasoline. This filter also effectively removes invisible substances such as formaldehyde that contribute to “Sick Building Syndrome” that can cause health and respiratory issues.

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Brondell Swash bidet toilet seats

Parents and grandparents would appreciate a gift each household member could use 2,700 times a year. Research indicates the average person uses the toilet that often—and more frequently after age 65.

Swash electronic bidet toilet seats with “his” and “hers” water streams cleanse personal areas after urination and defecation, significantly improving personal hygiene while reducing toilet paper usage. Users can select seat, water, and blow-dry temperatures.

Bidet seats are practical for anyone with arthritis as well as post-surgery, incontinence, diarrhea, constipation, stroke, mobility or range-of-motion problems. With feminine and posterior washes at the push of a button, users control their own cleanliness and regain bathroom dignity, privacy and independence. Needless to say, caregivers at assisted living facilities treasure Swash bidet seats!

I’ve used a Brondell Swash bidet seat for 12 years and leave the bathroom feeling much cleaner. It took my husband 45 minutes to install the seat—no plumber needed.

Watch videos demonstrating how the new Brondell Swash 1400 bidet seat operates at Visit to register for the newsletter with deals and discounts.                              

Salonpas pain relief products

Thousands of seniors deal with arthritis pain. Salonpas topical analgesic patches, sprays, gels and creams can deliver highly efficient doses of medicine directly to the pain site. Most Salonpas products start working on contact and are available at drug and discount stores nationwide.

The Salonpas Pain Relief Patch LARGE works well for pain areas of the lower back and shoulders. It is the only OTC pain reliever labeled to relieve mild to moderate aches as well as muscle and joint pain associated with arthritis, strains, sprains, simple backache and bruises.

With the Salonpas Pain Relief Patch LARGE, pain relief generally occurs within an hour of application and lasts up to 12 hours. Each box contains nine 3.94 x 5.50-inch (10cm x 14cm) patches.

Salonpas products will not relieve headache pain and should not be used on broken skin. Follow package directions. Get more information at  

Olive Smart Ear hearing device

Does someone you love have a hearing deficiency but is not ready for a hearing aid costing thousands of dollars? The Olive Smart Ear is an affordable single-ear hearing amplifier that enables users to hear the sounds of everyday life — from conversations with friends to the TV across the room to the waiter in a restaurant.

Olive Smart Ear looks like a regular wireless ear bud. It connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth. A five-minute hearing test using Olive’s app calibrates the device to each user’s personalized settings. Users can then seamlessly make phone calls and listen to music.

Olive Smart Ear is available at and for $299. 

Meco mini vacs clean tiny places

Keyboards and desk tops are some of the dirtiest places in homes and offices. Meco, a Chinese company, produces several portable battery-operated mini vacs to clean these often overlooked places.

Meco Eleverde efficiently sucks dirt, dust and grime from crevices in sofa or auto seat cushions, removes crumbs and dirt from drawers, toast ovens, refrigerators and other hard-to-reach places in homes, cars and offices. It comes with a flat suction tube, vacuum brush, sponge filter and USB charging cable.

Tihoo, a handheld vac the size of an orange, is designed to silently remove, dust, dirt, crumbs and hair from keyboards and other small places. Inexpensive Meco products are available on Learn more at