Sometimes, you just want life to go easy on you. Sadly, as you age, the smallest of hindrances can become annoying and turn into larger issues. Thank god, there are easy life-hacks to save us.
Think about it, how many times have you:
- Lost your glasses and spent hours searching for them
- Misplaced the remote just minutes before your favorite TV show
- Forgot to drink the adequate among of water, and got dehydration problems
Worse, dealing with them caused you a headache and ruined your entire day!
Yet, aging on your own doesn’t have to be that much of a struggle; if you have certain checks in place. Here are some DIY life hacks that can make living easy:
Mark Your Water Levels
When you have a million things to worry about, drinking enough water can become a low priority. However, dehydration can cause fatigue, increase confusion, and hamper your memory.
To ensure you get your daily water intake, you can do the following:
- Put markers on your water bottles to remind you to drink enough.
- Fill up a few bottles and leave it in easily accessible places around the house, like near the couch or even in your bathroom.
Also, make it a part of your morning routine to fill all the bottles up every day. It is also a good exercise for your body.
Never Lose Your Remote Control
Growing older can make you forgetful, like where you last left your TV or air conditioner remote. Instead of spending hours looking for it, attach Velcro to the back of your remote and your couch or bed. Stick them with the Velcro to a familiar place and voila—goodbye hours of searching.
All you will need for this are:
- Superglue, and
- Velcro strips
However, be sure to not tape the velcro over the battery slot. Best of all, you can also make an ‘arts and craft’ afternoon out of this. This trick also works for reading glasses. But make sure to tape the container, not the glasses themselves.
String the Soap
Falling in the shower is a dangerous situation for a senior, especially if you live on your own. Slippery soap can become a falling hazard at worst, and an inconvenience at the least.
An easy way to prevent this is to attach soap to a string and secure it to the showerhead or bathroom shelf. Or, you could slip it into the single leg of a thin pair of stockings and tie the same to a place that you can reach easily.
If you find it difficult to grasp zips or small keys on your cupboard because of unsteady hands, attach a keyring to the end of each. This will make it easier to hold on to it and pull. Rubber bands or thick strings might work just as well.
Use Your Phone as a Personal Assistant
The smartphone is a nifty tool for all, but for senior citizens, it can double up as a PA. Here are some of the many things you can do:
- Keep notes, alarms, and reminders
- Track doctors’ appointments, and prescriptions
- Order groceries, home essentials, and more.
Taking photos can be another excellent way to remember things. Snap pictures of the inside of your fridge, your car parking spot or anything else you are afraid may slip out of your memory.
Using these simple life-hacks you will be able to go about your day carefree and free from hassle. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy the immense independence that comes with living on your own in your senior years.
However, if you need occasional help, don’t hesitate to reach out. Alserv’s concierge and on-demand services are easily available to help you out with anything you may need.