Living with arthritis makes everyday tasks difficult, and 54.5 million Americans are dealing with the disease. "When you have arthritis, interacting with objects in your home, garden, and office can be frustrating and painful," Lene Andersen MSW, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, tells Newsmax. Andersen has written several books on this topic, including, "Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment."
According to Harvard Health Publishing, people with limited movement might have an easier time using long-handled hooks when putting on socks and long-handled shoehorns for shoes.
Rubber grips can help you get a handle on faucets, toothbrushes, and pens. Velcro fasteners are great for people living with arthritis who have difficulty fastening and unfastening buttons. According to Harvard Health, ergonomic tools with long necks and comfortable grips are helpful for painful fingers.
Here are some other gadgets that can make your life easier:
- Use a mini chopper to cut vegetables instead of a knife. Jar openers are also essential. "When you can't open that jar of jam, baby food, or pickles for lunch, it's enough to make you cry," says Andersen.
- Small gripper mats can help increase traction under jars and bowls when you're trying to open them, say the experts at Harvard.
- Buy an electric toothbrush and razor and put your soap on a rope in the bathroom to make life easier. Replace doorknobs with lever handles, says Andersen.
- When you clean the tub, use a long-handled brush or a mop.
- Use a kneeler seat in the yard, and if you love to garden, choose raised garden beds so you won't have to bend over so far.
For more helpful tips and products to make your life with arthritis easier, visit ArthritisSupplies.com.
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