As we age, our hand function decreases, making it difficult to handle small objects due to stiffer joints and potential arthritis. Caregivers for seniors can assist by providing special tools or modifying daily use items for aging hands.
The Remedic Week Pill Organizer was specially designed with aging hands in mind, featuring a groove on the bottom for a better grip, and a rubber lip on the lid for easy sliding open or close. The pillbox organizer consists of seven compact trays, one for each day of the week, making medication organization simple for both patients and caregivers. Its compact design is portable for travel and daily use, and a great gift idea for seniors.
When caring for older adults, it’s important to understand that their hands experience various changes with age. Blood circulation weakens, making them more sensitive to cold, while joints stiffen and range of movement is limited. Muscle strength decreases, and it becomes harder to operate everyday tools and mechanisms, while less muscle mass protects joints and bones. Tactile sense and eye-hand coordination weaken, making touchscreens and sensing surfaces more difficult. Swollen joints and tremors can cause pain and limit grip accuracy, while fingernails become brittle and more susceptible to fungus infections. Stiff hands make nail care more challenging.
To assist aging hands, caregivers can encourage regular hand exercises and look for suitable aids, arthritis hacks, and tools, or other ways to ensure a good and safe grip. This helps to ensure that seniors retain a high level of independence and can manage activities of daily living.