Arthritis, or any hand pain, can be very
limiting. The muscles and joints in the hand and wrist are very small
and precision-oriented, and pain can impair performance on things we do
every day, like closing a jewelry catch or fastening buttons
on your shirt. Assistive gadgets have less of a stigma than they used
to, and they're actually getting cooler as more people are using them...
because they're just smarter.
Here are 10 new really cool and "handy" gadgets that just make routine
movements less taxing on our hands. They even make great gifts!
Arthritis Helper #1. Softest Gadget: The Book Pillow
Now, this is cool too! Who would have suspected this pyramid-shaped pillow is a book stand that not only holds your book, but keeps the pages from turning while while you have your pancakes and coffee! In blue, eggplant, and gold on Amazon.)
Arthritis Helper #2. Puzzle Solver Bracelet Buddy
Okay, babes... How do you fasten a bracelet by yourself... when you can't roll it over your hand? Don't struggle with this. It's the Bracelet Buddy, a bracelet fastener that holds one end of the bracelet still while you hook up the other. Look, you don't even have to twist your double-jointed wrist to fasten your bracelet.
Arthritis Helper #3. Finally... An Ergonomic "Open Smart" Ring Pull Can Opener
Tired of fighting with your sardine cans? Oh this is just wonderful.. better than the plastic version that can easily break - plus, the Open Smart Ring Pull Can Opener has a nice ergonomic handle. Open Smart also makes the ergonomic Plastic Package Opener and the Soda Can Opener. (Update: The Pull Can Opener is no longer available. This Pull Can Opener is a good alternative.)
Arthritis Helper #4. The Awesome Autonomous Saucier
have cooked anything, you know that normally you can't leave a sauce or
gravy alone on a lit stove without continuously stirring it. If your
wrists ache when you stir sauces, or you just want a
cool-as-heck automatic stirrer, you must get this Autonomous Saucier.
It's battery powered, has 3 speed settings, and is dishwasher safe.
Silicon feet make the Saucier dance around in pots with any surface. (Update: This item is no longer available. But you can find a different automatic stirrer here.)