Thursday, February 13, 2014

Study - Arthritis pain is impacted by weather

According to Reuters a new study says that weather may in fact effect arthritis pain.

The study concluded:
"It turns out the participants' aches were just a little worse and joints just a little stiffer when humidity and barometric pressure levels rose."

Independent living aids for the kitchen

As a person ages, it becomes more difficult and sometimes painful for them to do the things they have done their whole lives. The kitchen is an area where many feel they become very challenged as they get older. If you are a person who is finding it harder to make your way around the kitchen, or you are the concerned child or loved one of an aging person, then you should check out the following independent living aids for the kitchen:
The Eye Vac automatic vacuum allows you to sweep the kitchen without worrying about needing to bend over to pick up the debris. Infrared technology is used to activate the vacuum when debris is in need of vacuuming and the vacuum will turn off automatically once the debris has been collected. This product makes cleaning the kitchen much easier.
Arthritis sufferers can find it extremely difficult to fight with cling wrap. The Easy Cling Wrap Cutter is one of the greatest independent living aids because it makes cutting that cling wrap extremely easy. The cutter attaches easily to the box of cling wrap and you can slide the cutter easily through the cling wrap once you pull out the desired amount.
MaddaGrip Jar Opener
As a person ages those jar lids get tougher and tougher to open. The MaddaGrip Jar Opener adds the necessary amount of grip to make it extremely easy to get even those stubborn jars open. The outside of the opener is textured and it has a longer shape to it which makes it great for those with weaker hands.
Someone who has challenges with arthritis or weakness in one hand as a result of a stroke will find a one handed cutting board extremely useful.  There are a variety of cutting boards designed to be used with one hand, but one favorite board comes with a knife, spikes and corner guards.  Even with only one good hand it is perfect for safely cutting, chopping, grating, peeling and making sandwiches. 

There are Independent living aids for many purposes
There are independent living aids to help with everything from cooking and eating to cleaning the kitchen. These aids will give you your freedom back and help you to continue being able to do those things for yourself that you have always done, but which may be becoming more difficult.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lap Desks and Lap Trays

When my grandmother lived alone she had this one particular chair she sat in to read, write, watch television and sometimes even eat.  She had arthritis so it was hard for her to move around the house a lot.  At Elderstore we stock several lap desks and bean bag lap trays that would have been so helpful to her if I had known about them at the time.  The lap desks are really useful for every day tasks like opening the mail, paying bills, writing notes, or even holding a laptop or book.  If you want to have dinner while watching the olympics, "Nashville", or some other favorite show then one of our bean bag dinner trays is a comfortable way to hold your plate and protect against spills.  Consider one for yourself and one for your favorite grandmother!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Cold weather impacts on elderly

With the temperatures dropping outside, I got to thinking about the impact cold weather has on the elderly.  I found this article from the American Heart Association with some good advice on avoiding hypothermia and reducing your risk of heart attack when dealing with the cold.

Popular item - Panache Laundry Trolley

One of the best-selling items on Elderstore is the Panache Laundry Trolley.  Well built and easy to use, this laundry trolley prevents having to carry a laundry basket by hand or bend over to reach the clothes to put them in the wash or in a drawer.  You can find this laundry trolley and others on as well.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

New research linking low levels of pesticide exposure and Parkinson's

A new report in Medical News Today links low levels of pesticide exposure to the development of Parkinson's disease.

Challenges with snow and ice

Having trouble with all the snow and ice this winter?  Some people have found the shoe treads for snow and ice and the ice grip cane attachment to be helpful ways to improve their footing in all this snow and ice!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Recliner Lever Extender

Having trouble reaching the lever on the side of your recliner?  Try this Lever Extender to make your life easier.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Outdoor Grab Bar

This outdoor entry way grab bar is attractive and can provide useful stability for elders without detracting from the exterior of the home.