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A summer roundup of caregiver and elder-friendly products, services and technology

"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack recommends some useful products and offerings that could help caregivers and their loved ones.

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Carol Bradley Bursack, "Minding Our Elders" columnist.
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Dear readers: It’s once again time for what has become a biannual look at products and services available to caregivers or older adults. I’m better acquainted with some of these products and services than others, and in some cases, I note that. Unless I say otherwise, these mentions are not meant as an endorsement.

Let’s go…

Clothing

CareZips: Joe & Bella is a new, modern adaptive-apparel brand for older adults. Their newest line is CareZips, a patented easy-dressing pant for adults living with changes due to incontinence, mobility or cognition issues; www.JoeAndBella.com

zipOns: These pants feature zippers on the legs from waist to hem so they can easily be put on standing or laying down without having to pull the pants up over the legs. They can also be unzipped at the bottom to accommodate casts, braces and other medical equipment; https://befreeco.com/

Bras: Fresh Comfort bras are recommended by women with mobility challenges, especially those who face daily challenges with arthritis, stroke recovery, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and recent surgical procedures; https://www.freshcomfortinc.com/

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Carol Bradley Bursack is a veteran family caregiver and a nationally-recognized presence in caregiver support. She's the author of “Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories,” a longtime newspaper columnist and host of her blog at mindingoureldersblog.com. Carol's an introverted book nerd, so you won't see her mugging in viral videos, but you can easily reach her using the contact form at mindingourelders.com.

Connection

Dreamweaver Foundation recently announced the national expansion of Connecting Hope , which grants technology wishes to terminally ill seniors through a unique partnership with GrandPad . Read the news release online; www.dreamweaver.org

Entertainment

Printed puzzles and word searches: Q.E.T.S. offers free large-print crossword and word search puzzles that you can print. They also have sets of either 20 or 80 puzzle PDFs available for purchase; http://www.qets.com

WordFinder: This site provides information on the different ways to strengthen the brain, including activities, and games. There’s information on memory disorders and additional resources; https://wordfinder.yourdictionary.com/blog/brain-games-and-other-activities-for-memory-loss/

Hydration

Jelly Drops: Jelly Drops are an innovative, award-winning candy designed to support hydration in those who struggle to consume enough water. They’re made with 95% water, contain added electrolytes and are sugar-free. Inventor Lewis Hornby was inspired to create water candy after his grandma Pat, who had dementia, was struggling to hydrate. Caregivers have been waiting for them to become available in the U.S. — and now they are; www.jellydrops.us

Medical IDs

MedicAlert Foundation for Medical IDs: There is an 800 number the emergency room can call and get an updated medication list, emergency contact information and any other information you have given them. This number is staffed 24/7, and is recommended by a geriatric caregiver friend; https://www.medicalert.org/

Lauren’s Hope Medical ID: Custom medical IDs with the look of jewelry; https://www.laurenshope.com/

Medication storage and reminders

Locked automatic pill dispenser: E-Pill has a 28-compartment tray, tipper base for easy dispensing, stainless-steel medicine cup and two keys; https://www.epill.com/epillstationc.html

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Hero: A complete medication management system that includes an award-winning smart dispenser, medication management app, refills with free delivery (optional) and 24/7 live support; https://herohealth.com/

Two notes: A geriatric care manager tells me that she has multiple clients using Hero and they all love them. Also, for transparency, I write for the Hero Health blog.

Specialty equipment

The Rehab Store: If you are caring for someone at home with mobility issues and you're looking for equipment, this site could be helpful; https://www.rehab-store.com/browse-categories-by-name.html

Related Topics: FAMILYWELLNESS
Carol Bradley Bursack is a veteran family caregiver and a nationally-recognized presence in caregiver support. She's the author of “Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories,” a longtime newspaper columnist and host of her blog at mindingoureldersblog.com. Carol's an introverted book nerd, so you won't see her mugging in viral videos, but you can easily reach her using the contact form at mindingourelders.com.
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