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There's a precious moment in an episode of TV's Boston Legal when Denny Crane, the ‘mad-cow-diseased' founding attorney reflects, “It’s fun being me," that struck home with enough viewers to create a t-shirt with those words. Is it middle age when we first become truly comfortable with who we are? We’re not very different in the way we think, talk, or behave from when we were younger… we’ve just stopped fixing our personalities for other people. If we just didn’t have to fix our eyes, ears, joints, and various other parts of our bodies that break down, we’d be perfect!

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10+ Gadget Gifts For Older Dads And Grandpas

There are so many new gadgets out this year that Dads and Grandpas would love. They cover the gamut from low tech to high tech, while all being user-intuitive. In looking for the best gift ideas out there for older dads and grandpas, I searched for gadgets that are not the usual boring ideas. My picks are for some of the most effective and best rated gadgets on the market. Perfect for Father's Day and just in time to use this summer!

 

8 Handy Gadgets That Will Help You Hear Better

Have hearing loss or some difficulty hearing clearly? It's not just the elderly that experience the loss of hearing.  We boomers spent a good deal of our youths blasting our auditory hair cells to bits with the Rolling Stones et als.  Hearing aids are not cheap and may not even be suitable for everyone, having their own drawbacks, but there are plenty of gadgets available that can help hard-of-hearing folks in specific situations like watching TV, conversation, hearing signals in your home or car, or talking on the phone, and they're helpful even if you do use hearing aids. Here are 8 handy gadgets that can help you hear more clearly:

10 Cool Gadgets To Assist People With Arthritis & Hand Pain

Arthritis, or any hand pain, can be very limiting.  Pain can impair performance on the simple 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 actually work and make life easier.  Here are 10 new really cool and "handy" gadgets that just make routine movements less taxing on our hands. They even make great gifts!


7 Adult Trikes, From Tame To Game For Anything

How about a trike ride? An adult trike ride.  Trikes provide a more relaxing ride than bikes, and if you get a recumbent trike, it's less stressful on your joints and your back than a bike.  Either way, the trike's the trip right now.

Hands-Free Wash, Exfoliate, & Massage Your Feet With The FootMate® Shower System

If you know someone with a bad back, sore feet, a very small shower stall, or who just likes to be pampered (I think that includes just about everybody, doesn't it?), the FootMate® Shower System is a perfect gift, and one which will probably be a delightful surprise to your giftee.

10 Thoughtful Gifts For Chemotherapy Patients

When you learn that a friend or family member has to receive chemotherapy, your natural reaction is to want to know how you can make their lives easier during this period.  You may offer rides to their therapy sessions, baby sit their kids or walk their pets, or bring over supper once a week.  For those of you looking for items that can be used to prepare for chemotherapy sessions or to be used during chemo, here are 10 gifts that will be appreciated....

 

6 Really Helpful Makeup & Grooming Aids For Those With Low Vision

Tasks that require the application of tools to groom or beautify are difficult to manuever for those with poor vision. Among boomers and seniors, 80 percent are affected by significant vision loss due to presbyopia or macular degeneration. Prescription lenses or reading glasses help with reading, if you read at a precise distance, but what about other activities like grooming or applying makeup?  Here are six tools I think you'll find very helpful....

Is Your Vision Changing? FocusSpecs Adjustable Lenses Change Along With Your Vision

If you really want to see your close-up work clearly, you probably have at least three pair of eyeglasses with three different sets of prescription lenses. For example, you would need one pair for reading a book or using your smart phone, another for working on your laptop or tablet, and still another to see your desktop screen clearly. And what about distance lenses?

3 Stretching Devices That Help Foot Pain From Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain, particularly sharp and often excruciating, may be due to plantar fasciitis (PL), a condition caused by over-stretching the soft tissue that cushions the bones of the heel and the arch of the foot.  Many runners get PL from pounding on the heels of their feet when they run, but most cases of PL are caused by inactivity, like standing on your feet all day without much movement.  It is most common in middle-aged to older persons who are overweight and/or inactive.

A Really Smart Solution To The Hearing Aid: The Soundhawk

Please note: the developers of the Soundhawk, Mike Kisch and Mike Nuttall, will tell you that the Soundhawk is not a hearing aid.  Well, it's not a  traditional 'hearing aid.'  But it is a new kind of hearing aid, one which perhaps other developers will emulate in the future.  Soundhawk doesn't just help you hear; it helps you listen.  Let me explain....