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I have always been very close to my parents and grandparents so I am very familiar with their everyday life hacks. I’ve even been known to come up with some of these for them to use. I asked my parents, who I do not consider elderly at all, and grandparents (still living) what they do every day to simplify their lives.
1. Use a pill organizer. This is number one on anyone’s list who takes a lot of medication. Use a pill organizer that is labeled by days of the week. You can easily look at it to know if you’ve already taken your pills or not.
2. Take a photo where you park. I think we all can easily forget where we park when going to the mall or parking in any busy lot. Take a photo with your phone when you park so you can easily remember by bringing that photo up on your phone when you are ready to leave.
3. Use overnight protection. No one should be embarrassed by having to use overnight protection. My grandparents grab the Member’s Mark Unisex Briefs when shopping at Sam’s Club because they can get it in the bulk 60 count packaging.
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4. Use a kitchen timer. Use a large loud timer in the kitchen when cooking. You can even get one that has a magnet on it to stick on the refrigerator. My mom even has a magnet with measurements on it for easy reminding.
5. Take a photo of the inside of your refrigerator. Snap a photo with your phone of the inside of your refrigerator before shopping so you don’t forget a thing!
6. Use sticky notes. Use sticky notes as reminders. I use these all the time to remind myself of things. Or, if you’re caregiving for someone who is tech savvy, have them use the notes or reminder apps in their phone.
7. Freeze a wet sponge. Place a wet sponge inside a plastic bag in the freezer. It’s a great diy ice pack and won’t leak once it thaws.
8. Keep a list of medications. Be sure to always keep a list of medications on hand. You can either take a photo with a cell phone or keep a list of them handy. These are great for doctor’s visits.
The list of life hacks for the elderly is endless but these are the most useful for me. They keep us organized. These can be used for anyone, not just the elderly.
Do you know any other life hacks for the elderly? Comment below and share with us!