Rise of the actively retired - staying mobile as you age
Growing older isn’t what it used to be. For many people, their ‘Golden Years’ are much the same as the years before; they enjoy the same activities, the same hobbies and continue to live a busy lifestyle – though it’s likely to be at a more relaxed pace.
The actively retired can find themselves in a difficult position – after all, older people are often stereotyped as being frail and incapable. Where there are some who need more robust care and support to continue living independently, due to illness or disability, those who are actively retired tend to be healthy, mobile and may just need a few useful aids to help make certain every day tasks a little easier. If this sounds like you, read on to see which stylish living aids can provide an extra boost to your daily routine.
Now that you’re not working in the traditional sense anymore, you’ll no doubt be spending a lot more time at home, both relaxing and ensuring all the household jobs are done and dusted:
- Whether you’re hanging flower baskets in the garden or changing a lightbulb on the landing, you’ll need a secure step ladder if you haven’t been blessed with long legs.
- We’ve all woken up in the middle of the night needing the bathroom, so why not minimise the risk of falls with a remote control motion detector which can be linked with your bedside light?
- Eyesight deteriorates over the years, but a stylish floor standing lamp can allow you to read and concentrate for longer, by relieving eye strain and headaches.
The toilet and/or bathroom are two areas highly likely to be used by any visiting family or guests, so naturally you don’t want any balancing aids, like grab rails, to be ugly and obvious:
- Our SPA range of bathroom products provide discreet support for stepping in and out of the shower/bath whilst looking modern and classy.
- For those finding it difficult to lower into and rise out of the bath, our chic Neptune bath lift does all the hard work whilst looking great.
Modern kitchen tools
Cooking up a storm in the kitchen can be a hassle at any age, so it’s always great to find out there are tools to make mealtime preparation simpler, quicker and safer:
- Save on worktop space – sharpen and open with just one piece of kit by investing in a 3-in-1 can opener.
- Avoid painful burns with this innovative set of pans – complete with angled handles and kettle-like pouring lips to make draining easier.
- A kitchen slicing helper will hold your fruit and vegetables steady as you cut, meaning less plasters and more equal slices.
Healthcare and exercise equipment
It’s easy to take your health for granted when you’re actively retired – especially when you see people your own age in a much worse position capability-wise. But self care is still a key part of aging and it’s important you continue to look after your body so you can stay independent:
- Keeping fit is a given for remaining mobile, so whether you enjoy a dip in the pool or prefer to stay on dry land, a non-slip, waterproof mat is essential.
- If you’re looking to keep the strength in your upper and lower body without straining, a pair of strap on ankle/wrist weights should help.
- Give yourself peace of mind by monitoring your blood oxygen levels as you exercise.
- Long trips out in the car can play havoc with your back, so stay comfortable with an in chair contoured seat.
- A wireless headset system means you can listen to your favourite TV or radio program without disturbing other members of the household – perfect if your hearing isn’t what it used to be.
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- May 13th 2020