Dr. Alexis Abramson has worked in the field of aging for the past two decades with over 10 years having been spent as the “on-air” expert gerontologist for a national network morning television show discussing 50+ friendly products and services.
Every month Dr. Alexis will reveal the very latest products, websites, and services that have been created for this burgeoning market. These products are especially helpful for those with achy backs, balance issues, sore knees, gripping and dexterity problems.
And don’t forget – if you have any great ideas we would LOVE to hear from you — please send them to [email protected] so she can review your suggestions and hopefully add them to her next list (and by the way if they do make the list Dr. Alexis will send you a signed copy of her latest book)!
The RuffGrip® Dog Leash
The RuffGrip® Dog Leash – makes walking a dog easier for people with arthritis in the joints of their hands. The extra padding and no-slip grip is lightweight and provides extra control, while the super soft leather lining makes the leash extremely comfortable to hold.
Easy Grip Slant Tip Tweezers
Easy Grip Slant Tip Tweezers – they are specially designed for those with gripping problems. Ready to use, right out of the easy to open package. Rounded back rests in the palm of the hand for stability and control. Comfortable, soft rubber finger and thumb grips. Precision tips with unique gripping surface to tweeze fine and tiny hair.
EasyWear Jacket and Pocket Cape
EasyWear Jacket and Pocket Cape – versatile, practical, and super soft, Janska’s EasyWear Jacket and Pocket Cape are wardrobe staples. Their minimalist design and thoughtful details, such as oversized buttons and generous armholes, can make getting dressed easier for people with arthritis. This unique clothing line was created by a caregiver who was frustrated with the scarcity of functional, stylish clothing options available for those with limited mobility.
Bathtub Steps – they add a great deal of safety and stability when getting in and out of the bathtub. The product provides a four-inch boost, with a slip-resistant textured top and rubberized feet enabling users to confidently climb over the tub wall, even in wet conditions.
Chef’n® PalmPeeler – for those who have hands that are aching, this peeler is amazing. All you do is slip your finger through the soft rubber ring on top for a natural feel and easy peeling. Hand force is minimized due to the unique design.
Tee Pal Pro
Tee Pal Pro – having a bad back doesn’t mean that you need to give up golf. In fact, the low-impact nature of the sport makes it an ideal physical activity for many people over the age of 50. However, there are still challenges, including bending over to tee up the ball. The Tee Pal Pro is a unique, lightweight, and ergonomic golf ball-teeing device, allowing users to remain upright so they don’t have to bend over to “tee up the ball”….
Easi-Grip Cheese Slicer
Easi-Grip Cheese Slicer – the contoured handles of this product were re-molded in a soft feel plastic, which gives a firm comfortable grip in either hand. The stainless steel tools are set at 90 degrees from the handle, keeping the hand and wrist in a neutral stress free position. Easi-Grip Knives and Kitchen Tools are super comfortable for everyone to use, but will be particularly beneficial for those with gripping and dexterity issues.
Two Handle Coffee Mug
Two Handle Coffee Mug – this mug features extra large handles that allow for multiple gripping and lifting options for those with decreased dexterity of their hands. The two handle ceramic mug has a curved rim that helps prevent drips, and can be used with hot or cold beverages. The mug was designed to provide drinking independence for those with limited strength or other challenges that might prevent them from holding a traditional mug.
VTech CareLine ™
VTech CareLine ™ – Seniors are empowered to maintain active lifestyles and close relationships with VTech’s three-piece CareLinehome telephone and personal communication system. This great product includes a corded phone base, cordless handset and wearable pendent. The easy-to-use home phone system was designed with experts in aging and technology to answer seniors’ daily communications needs and support hearing, dexterity or vision challenges. Features include large displays, photo speed dial, reminder capabilities, volume boost and a wearable pendant with one-button dialing that directly calls those pre-selected people who seniors communicate with most or for emergencies.
ScoopFree Automatic Litter Box
ScoopFree Automatic Litter Box – you can keep your kitty’s litter box clean without having to bend or scoop with the ScoopFree Automatic Litter Box. Messy cat waste will be scooped into a covered compartment of the disposable litter tray 20 minutes after your cat uses the litter box. After several weeks, you simply replace the disposable tray. Featuring hands-off convenience, you can leave the self-cleaning box for weeks at a time with no worries, and no need to strain your back or neck bending over.
The Radius Trowel
The Radius Trowel – it features an innovative curved handle (called the Natural Radius Grip), making it user-friendly and comfortable even for people with arthritis of the joints in the hands. Intuitive and easy-to-use, this grip helps enable digging, even in tough soil, without putting excess strain on the hands or wrist.