Arthritis can be debilitating for seniors and make the most mundane activity painful and frustrating. Painful, stiff and swollen joints can make kitchen activities – even ones that previously sparked joy – a constant source of aches and pains.
While many seniors with arthritis might instead opt for the pre-made meals from restaurants or drive-throughs, maintaining a healthy weight and nutritious diet can stave off some of the worst arthritis symptoms. That’s why outfitting your loved one’s kitchen with accessible tools can help maintain independence and health for years to come. We researched the top 10 items every senior with arthritis should have in his or her kitchen.
This stool allows seniors to do the necessary prep work in the kitchen without being fatigued. Adjustable for various counter heights, it can take the stress off of knees, feet and lower back.
We all know the frustration of the pickle or jam jar that refuses to open. This electric jar opener is great for seniors or any individuals who lack strength in their hands.
Operating oven and stove knobs is something most of us take for granted but can be painful for arthritic hands. This knob turner fits with virtually any knob on ovens, stoves, dishwashers or washing machine controls.
This universal tool is designed to open more than 16 different plastic bottle cap sizes with ease. From water bottles and vinegar to larger cap sizes like Gatorade and large juice jug caps, this little tool does it all with ease. It also operates as a can opener for soups, pet foods and other canned goods with a pull tab.
This amazing little tool makes chopping obsolete. Chop, dice and cube by simply putting your fruit or vegetable on the Quickpush and close the lid, eliminating the need for a knife and cutting board.
Does your loved one prefer the traditional way to cut? This adaptive kitchen knife features a large, easy-to-grasp upright handle that keeps the wrist in a natural position to prevent strain.
Many of OXO’s products offer a signature non-slip rubber grip to help people suffering from arthritis. This modified measuring cup allows the user to read the level of the liquid without lifting the cup up or stooping over, and the bright red markings can be easily seen from above.
This cute mat avoids looking like something hospital-grade while still helping take some of the stress and pressure off of your loved one’s tired feet and sore joints.
This scooper plate was designed for people with arthritis who have uncontrolled movements that restrict hand movement necessary for eating. The suction cup holds the scoop plate in place, and the plate is deeper on one side to allow for easier scooping.
Lightweight, ergonomic cookware will put less stress on arthritic joints, and the nonstick coating makes clean-up a breeze and eliminates scrubbing and scraping for seniors with weak wrists or hands.