As we get older, deteriorating memory, reduced mobility, and chronic health conditions can make simple, daily activities quite challenging and more of a struggle.
Useful but simple tips and tricks can make it easier for seniors to accomplish everyday tasks and reduce the risk of injury or accidents.
It’s best to make use of creative hacks with the help of inexpensive household objects rather than spending large amounts of money on high-tech electronic gadgets.
Here are 25+ senior life hacks that will teach you how to make simple changes in life that will make day-to-day living easier and much more convenient:
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- 1 1. Install a Turntable in the Fridge
- 2 2. Take a Picture of Your Parked Car
- 3 3. Add Raised Button Stickers to Remote Control and Phone Buttons
- 4 4. Soften Sharp Furniture Corners to Avoid Injury
- 5 5. Use Nail Polish to Paint a Dot on Keys
- 6 6. Install Rubber Bands to Glasses
- 7 7. Carry a Portable Chair
- 8 8. Use a Medication Organizer
- 9 9. Secure the Rugs on Your Floor
- 10 10. Keep a Pair of Rubber Gloves in Reach
- 11 11. Set Reminders to Take Medicines on Time
- 12 12. Repeat Names Out Loud to Remember Them
- 13 13. Make Ice Packs with Wet Sponge in Advance
- 14 14. Consume Foods with Memory-Boosting Power
- 15 15. Install a Grab Bar
- 16 16. Purchase an Extension Grabber
- 17 17. Get Comfort-Height Seats for Your Commode
- 18 18. Mark Taps with Blue and Red Paint to Indicate Temperatures
- 19 19. Use Non-Slip Bathmats
- 20 20. Prepare a Shopping List in Advance
- 21 21. Replace Your Shoulder Handbag with a Fanny Pack
- 22 22. Buy Pre-Bagged and Pre-Chopped Products
- 23 23. Play Memory-Building Games
- 24 24. Paste Pictures of Content Inside on Containers
- 25 25. Store Most-Used Items at Arm’s Length
1. Install a Turntable in the Fridge
It can get difficult for seniors to reach items placed in the back of the refrigerator.
For this purpose, you can install a turntable on top of a refrigerator shelf so that older adults can easily rotate it to bring the needed items to the front.
2. Take a Picture of Your Parked Car
Take a picture with your smartphone of where you parked. This practice allows seniors to easily find their car.
Additionally, if they lose their ticket, they can show the picture to the security guard or valet, and they can easily lead them to their parking spot.
3. Add Raised Button Stickers to Remote Control and Phone Buttons
Add raised dot stickers to your TV remote control and certain phone buttons.
This can help seniors know which button they need to press.
Adding bumps on the on/off button and volume keys on remote control makes them easier to find.
4. Soften Sharp Furniture Corners to Avoid Injury
Nightstands, coffee tables, counters, and other furniture items with sharp corners can cause serious injuries. Use childproofing products such as bumpers to cover those corners.
You can even install moldable putty or stick-on corner guards. Additionally, install drawer locks to spaces that contain any hazardous items.
5. Use Nail Polish to Paint a Dot on Keys
Simply paint a colored dot on a key and paint a dot of the same color to the item that matches that key.
This will allow seniors to easily identify which key unlocks which lock. You can also get colored covers for your keys if you like.
6. Install Rubber Bands to Glasses
Wrap rubber bands around mugs and cups to make them easier for shaky, arthritic, or weak hands to hold on to.
This hack could also work for slender objects such as pens and toothbrushes. You can install foam grips on such items that enlarge their handle, and offer a more comfortable grip and experience.
7. Carry a Portable Chair
Carry a portable chair with you whenever you can. These chairs are extremely practical and provide you with a comfortable sitting space every time you need some rest.
It is also best to choose a foldable chair as it has longevity, is usually lightweight, and is extremely convenient to transport, especially for outdoor events.
8. Use a Medication Organizer
Purchase a pill organizer that allows you to store all your medications in separate compartments and sort them in terms of days or weeks.
These inexpensive plastic containers make sure that you take the right pill at the right time of the day.
9. Secure the Rugs on Your Floor
Either get rid of your rugs entirely or secure them to the floor. You can also do so with double-sided tape.
Rugs are a huge risk for seniors as they can easily slip and cause older adults to fall on the floor, resulting in new injuries, or worsening pre-existing ones.
10. Keep a Pair of Rubber Gloves in Reach
Always keep a pair of rubber gloves in your reach. Wearing those gloves can making opening tight and tough jars much easier.
The grip and traction of the rubber gloves might give you an extra boost to twist off those tight, stubborn lids.
11. Set Reminders to Take Medicines on Time
If you have a smartphone or a tablet, set up calendar reminders.
These reminders can help you keep track of your medicine-schedule and remind you to make some important phone calls. You can also use an alarm clock or an ordinary phone to set alarms for this purpose.
12. Repeat Names Out Loud to Remember Them
Every time you ask someone their name, repeat that name out loud at least three times. This will make it easier for the name to stick in your memory.
According to recent research, memory for names can be significantly improved if people pay attention to the name and merely concentrate on it.
13. Make Ice Packs with Wet Sponge in Advance
Make quick ice packs that you won’t have to worry about leaking. Take a clean sponge and soak it in cold water. Now, let all the excess water completely drip off.
Then, place the wet sponge in a vacuum-seal type or plastic Ziploc bag. Remove any excess air from the plastic bag and store it in the freezer overnight.
14. Consume Foods with Memory-Boosting Power
Consume foods that are known to boost the brain and memory.
Include foods such as leafy and dark green veggies, fish, berries, nuts and avocados in your diet. These edibles are known for their memory-boosting power and can be especially beneficial for seniors.
15. Install a Grab Bar
Being proactive in taking preventive measures in the shower can help you avoid any unpleasant slipping accidents.
Install a grab bar in your bathroom to easily get out of the shower independently and with confidence. Additionally, the bar can help stabilize your movements.
16. Purchase an Extension Grabber
An extension grabber, reach extender, helping hand, or a grabber arm is a mechanical handheld tool that helps increase the range of an individual’s reach when they need to grab any object.
Get a reach extender to reach items that are placed in high-up cabinets with ease.
17. Get Comfort-Height Seats for Your Commode
Simply get your current toilet seats removed and replace them with comfort-height seats.
The comfort-height ones are higher than the traditional seats and make it easier for seniors to not only sit down on them, but also stand back up.
18. Mark Taps with Blue and Red Paint to Indicate Temperatures
If memory is an issue for you, you can simply mark the taps in your house using red and blue nail polish or paint.
Mark hot and cold water taps appropriately. This won’t leave you guessing every time you use the sink or the shower.
19. Use Non-Slip Bathmats
Non-slip bathmats are ideal to promote bathroom safety. Purchase bathmats that come with suction cups on the underside so that you can avoid the risk of any potential falls.
Bathmats can also efficiently prevent your dropped soap bars and shampoo bottles from travelling too far.
20. Prepare a Shopping List in Advance
Make a detailed list of the things you need to purchase before you visit a supermarket.
You can also take a picture of your refrigerator prior to your shopping trip so that you don’t buy any items that you already have.
21. Replace Your Shoulder Handbag with a Fanny Pack
Rather than carrying unnecessary items in a handbag and causing strain on your shoulders, consider using a fanny pack.
Fanny packs allow you to keep your valuable items closer to you and prevent theft. Moreover, as most fanny packs come with cross straps, you won’t forget it or accidently leave it somewhere.
22. Buy Pre-Bagged and Pre-Chopped Products
If you find it difficult to chop ingredients, you can always buy pre-bagged salads or pre-chopped, packaged vegetables and fruits.
They cut down your cooking time and as long as they are fresh, they are just as healthy for you as whole fruits and veggies.
23. Play Memory-Building Games
Help the seniors around you engage in memory-building games.
This is a great practice to help older adults exercise their brains. You can either make personalized DIY cards or buy a pre-made set of memory cards.
24. Paste Pictures of Content Inside on Containers
Seniors are likely to forget what items are placed where. Take photos of the content placed in different storage containers.
Then, tape those pictures to the outside of the containers. This will help your seniors easily identify what items are placed inside them.
25. Store Most-Used Items at Arm’s Length
Reorganize all the storage areas such as pantries and cabinets in such a manner that the most-used things are located lower down or at arm’s length.
Collect all the rarely used items and place them in harder-to-reach spots. This way you can optimize your storage space and make it easier for seniors to grab the items they need frequently.
Whether you are a caregiver or an older adult, these aforementioned 25+ senior hacks can help you put a little bit of creative fun and a lot of convenience into everyday tasks!