Elderly man with son

On Golden Pond

For fathers over 80, there's a chance they may live in assisted living or a retirement home.

Such facilities often have onsite barbers with gift certificates. Many offer occasional bus trips for an extra fee. If Dad isn't driving anymore, pay for taxis or a car service to take him where he wants to go.

If Dad can't travel, bring family members to him. That's another good use for your frequent flier points: to fly in his sister from St. Louis who he hasn't seen for five years.

Program his television remote, and make an easy-to-read instruction to reprogram, using 14-point type that older eyes can easily read.

All these gifts have one thing in common, your involvement. Dad doesn't want more socks, he wants time with you! Make sure your Dad knows that "He's the Greatest!" this Father's Day.