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Aging In Place

5 Ways to Ease Arthritis in Daily Living

By: Ramona Joseph with the Trudeau Corporation Resource:

Trudeau Corporation would like to discuss daily living tools catered to seniors and those with arthritis and limited hand dexterity. This line of tools is called “Stress Less” and helps reduce the strain on hands and joints.

Our hands tell a story. They are the first parts of mother’s body that come into contact with her baby once it’s born. We accept our high school diplomas with our hands. We wear our wedding rings on our hands. Our hands help us put in a lifetime of hard work to make a living. We hold and hug our grandchildren with our hands.

When arthritis clamps its ugly jaws onto them, our hands may not work or move as well as they once did. Life can be surprisingly challenging or even overwhelming. Everyday tasks that were once simple now demand more effort than before, oftentimes being accompanied by pain and discomfort.

Arthritis affects millions of adults. The CDC predicts that by 2030, an estimated 67 million Americans ages 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

Innovative Ways to Help Ease Arthritis

To help offset the symptoms of arthritis, Arthritis Today recommends the following steps for those with limited hand mobility:

  1. In the bedroom. When dressing, zipper pulls and buttoning aids can help you fasten clothing. Another option may be to wear clothing with Velcro fasteners, if available.
  2. In the kitchen. Appliances such as electric can openers, food processors and mandolins (for slicing) make work easier. Built-up handles and grips make utensils easier to grasp and put less stress on finger joints. Install a fixed jar opener, or keep a rubber jar opener in the kitchen. Read about Trudeau’s new “Stress Less” line of products that are especially designed for those suffering with limited hand mobility.
  3. In the bathroom. Faucet levers or tap turners are available if your grip is weak.
  4. At play. Leisure activities can still be enjoyable. Use lightweight hoses for gardening, “no-hands” frames for quilting or embroidery, and cardholders and shufflers for card games.
  5. In the car. When driving, a wide key holder can make it much easier to turn on the ignition. A gas cap opener can help when filling the tank at the gas station.

Following these recommendations can ease arthritis symptoms that make everyday tasks difficult. Our hands are important, so why not give them the care they deserve.


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