Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Gadgets that Aid

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I am always looking for gadgets and other devices that make daily life easier for our three family elders. A lot of these products are generally inexpensive and can make daily activities easier to perform for those with physical restrictions. Some of these devices are:
  • Kitchen implements that make opening cans and bottles and cutting and dicing vegetables easier
  • "Reachers" - pincher-like devices to eliminate bending over or having to reach for objects
  • Lever handles instead of door knobs to eliminate the wrist twisting motion
  • Bathing benches and hand-held showers for bathing safety
  • Pill crushers for those with difficulty swallowing
  • Talking clocks, wristwatches, and calculators for those with poor vision
  • Automatic lifts for beds and chairs
  • Button loopers and zipper pulls for easier dressing
  • Specialized dinnerware for eating with one hand
  • Single lever faucets for kitchen and bath
  • Touchtone phones with large numbers, speaker and hands free phones and TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf)
  • Large print books and newspapers
  • Talking books

As our aging population increases in number, we will see more specialized products to help individuals remain comfortable in their own homes.

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