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3 Helpful Assistive Devices to Utilize in the Home


Aging comes with challenges. Some of the most common difficulties associated with aging include dementia, hearing loss, and osteoarthritis. But, as a golden-ager, you shouldn't let such issues hold you back. You can use assistive devices to surmount such difficulties and live a meaningful life.

Here are three essential assistive devices for seniors.

Stair Lifts

A stairlift is a motorized chair that uses a rail to move up and down a flight of stairs. Most of these devices come with a switch that users can toggle to control movement. If you are a senior with mobility issues, all you have to do is sit on the chair, fire it up, and navigate between floors without struggling. For many older adults, stairlifts are essential because they can prevent most stair-related accidents and injuries. Plus, they restore a certain degree of freedom and independence. Different stairlifts are available today, including devices designed for curved, straight, and inclined platforms.


As humans age, their crystalline lenses deteriorate, impairing their reading ability. And medical conditions like Alzheimer's can exacerbate this problem. This is a big issue because an inability to read well means you can't enjoy your favorite best sellers or scrutinize the fine print in many agreements. Fortunately, several devices can help you read, magnifiers among them. Reading magnifiers for the elderly come in several varieties, from small hand-held devices to larger models mounted on stands.

Communication Tools

Several factors worsen your ability to communicate as you age. These include cognitive decline, physical health changes, and psychological issues like depression. But don't fret. There are many communication tools you can use to alleviate this issue. Common communication tools for seniors include text-to-speech apps that can be installed on your cell phone or tablet and computers with hands-free technology. Older adults with speech issues can also use communication boards to point out words and images, symbol sets to express themselves, and wearable microphones to solve vocal projection issues.

Would you like to spend your golden years in a peaceful community surrounded by friendly peers? Brightwater Senior Living is the place to be. We provide all the amenities, resources, and support that older adults need to enjoy life. Contact us now for more information.

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