By Anna Hazard
The interior doors & thresholds as well the hallways that interconnect all the different areas present within a household are just as important as any room or exterior space when it comes to properly adjusting a house to be accessible to those with mobility issues that often crop up within the elderly. Depending upon the style of the home in question, adapting the doors & hallways may require smaller efforts such as replacing minor hardware like doorknobs & hinges or rearranging furniture within halls to more expansive undertakings such as replacing entire doorways and walls.
More extensive remodeling of the home may also instead chose to eliminate hallways and entrance doorways entirely in order to have a more modern and open design.
By Anna Hazard
As one ages, the amount of light that reaches a person's retina tends to diminish with time due to natural macular degeneration or the preponderance of eye diseases in the elderly. As compared to a younger adult, someone 65+ tend to only have 33% of all light reaching their retina with only 20% for those 85+. This hinders normal visual acuity as well as the ability to see in darker conditions and also increases the length of time needed for the eye to adapt to changes in light level. Thus for the elderly, the change from darkness to overly bright lights with glare should be avoided with low level diffused lighting preferred instead.
This additional lighting throughout the house and especially along the much-used and potentially slip hazard friendly thresholds, entrance ways, and exterior steps & ramps can be achieved through a combination of low cost to high tech artificial lighting along with more natural lighting provided through the use of windows & sliding glass doors.
By Elise Morgan
To all adult children of aging parents: At some point in your life, you may have to travel across an emotional minefield called “moving my parents into a senior living facility.”
Age, finances and declining health or mobility have brought you and your relative to this important life transition. It’s possible that all of you are scared, and at least one of you may be angry or sad.
You’re taking a leadership role in the family with this move. They’re trying to cede control after, perhaps, a life of independent living. Make a plan together and go from there. To start …
By Anna Hazard
Here are a selection of Easter themed crafts that are family friendly and suitable for seniors or others with arthritis or hand dexterity and strength issues. While the tutorials avoid more strenuous hand activities such as sewing, manipulating heavy objects, or puncturing thick objects, arthritis crafting tools can be used to make certain steps easier for those with more severe hand issues.
The focus is on inexpensive and easy-to-make crafts that use basic materials that can be commonly found around the house or purchased at local craft, hobby, or grocery stores. Crafts range in a wide style from classy & elegant to cute and colorful with an emphasis on finished items suitable as normal house decor or as holiday related gifts
When it comes to traveling into & within a house, the presence of steps is one of the major obstacles to overcome when it comes to potentially aging-in-place within the household of one's choice. This is particularly true when it comes to a home's entrances & exits, many of which include a set of stairs that must be maneuvered over. This section focuses on a quick guide to dealing with exterior entranceway steps, whether it be through minor adjustments (including the installation of ideal lighting) or more major remodeling efforts (such as refitting a permanent ramp or chairlift).
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