10 Must-Have Gadgets for Caregivers

En español | I’ve been a family caregiver for more than 30 years, and I’ve found that there are some gadgets that not only make my life much easier but also make the lives of those I’m caring for much safer and happier. Some of these handy items are simple, and others are high-tech. Prices can vary widely but most of the gadgets are relatively inexpensive, and one of my favorites is even homemade. You can find all of these products …

3 Things to Add to Your House Today

LAS VEGAS – Spending a day on the floor at the NAHB International Builders’ Show is like Disneyland for homeowners. If only I could afford the remote controlled sliding glass door that I can open with my iPad so I don’t have to get off the sofa when the dogs want in. <sighs> However, I did manage to talk to some great vendors who have the aging in mind. As a family caregiver, I was keeping an eye out for …

Burning Down the House – Or How Not To

I don’t know about you, but I am not enamored of the bells and whistles on new stoves these days. Do I really need blower jets for crispier pizza or a new browning gizmo for crème brí»lée? What I do need, however, is a stove that won’t burn down the house. I’ve been interested in cooking safety ever since my mother began to have signs of Alzheimer’s. When she was living alone (and not yet diagnosed), I would lay awake …

Help For All Those With Kitchen Envy

I’ll admit it: I have kitchen envy. Each time I’m at a friend’s house I take mental pictures of their kitchen — or sometimes I ask if I can snap a couple — because I love everyone else’s kitchen but mine. (I have friends with excellent taste, it seems.)  I pour through DIY sites and am always pinning photos onto to “My Dream Kitchen” board in Pinterest. While aesthetics are OK to hassle over, safety, to me, is far more …

Beware: The Most Dangerous Room In The House

Think the kitchen, with its sharp utensils and hot stove, cause the most household injuries? Wrong. It’s the bathroom, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2008, nearly 22 million Americans age 15 and older were injured in the bathroom, with nearly 235,000 treated in emergency rooms. Unfortunately, the bathroom was especially treacherous for Americans age 65 and older — they had the highest injury rate. Falls were the cause of 80 percent …

Texting While Mowing? No Wonder Injuries Are Up

Yes, we know that mowing the lawn can be boring and sweaty and slow. But really, drinking beer while you mow? Talking on the phone? Texting?? People, those mowers can be dangerous! A new poll by Consumer Reports unveiled some of our most dangerous mowing habits —  just in time for a frightening tally of how many Americans suffer lawn mower-related injuries each year, a large percentage of them to older adults. More than 250,000 Americans are treated for lawn mower …