Supporting your aging loved ones in their desire to live with independence, dignity and normalcy can sometimes be as easy as Velcro buttons and bendable straws.
One of my favorites from the exhibit is a button conversion kit from the Velcro company. This ingeniously simple invention leaves a shirt looking “normal” but allows it to be fastened with Velcro instead of buttons. This is a boon to help people who have lost fine motor skills — due to arthritis or other concerns — to deal with buttons but want to dress as they are used to dressing.
Another lovely option – bendable straws to help the drink find an easier way to the person. And they are fun!
Just look around your home and community. There are lots of ways to make living easier, more joyful, and more “normal” for your elderly loved ones!