Monthly Archives: August 2016

Ten Ways to Take Care of Your Joints

It is important to take care of your body and in particular your joints in order to maximise theirJOINTS use, mobility and function as long as possible.

Joints are the places where your bones met and they roll, glide, rotate or bend which enable you to carry out your normal daily activities.  However over-time healthy joints deteriorate and they are susceptible to wear and tear, damage and in particular arthritis which can cause pain and discomfort.

Therefore we have put together these simple tips below of ways to help you take care of your joints.

  1. Use your joints wisely

It may sound obvious – but do remember that your larger, stronger joints can take more of a load than smaller ones. So instead of opening a door with your hand and wrist, for example, try leaning against it with your shoulder and hip.

And if you need to carry a heavy load, spread the weight over several joints: wear a backpack or use a cross-body bag with a shoulder strap, rather than holding your shopping bags in your hands.

  1. Don’t carry too much at once

When shopping, do not overload yourself. Opt for a series of shorter trips at quieter times. Or, even better, do your shopping online.

  1. Maintain a healthy weight

Being overweight puts you more at risk of joint pain, simply because it places extra stress on your weight-bearing joints.

  1. Do some exercise

Regular exercise will help you keep your weight in check, as well as boost your energy levels and help prevent stiffness and swelling.

Your joints are designed to keep moving, after all. But do opt for activities that won’t put them under undue strain: swimming is good because it builds strength and suppleness while the water supports your weight. Cycling, Pilates and Yoga are also very effective. However we also recommend you speak to your GP or physiotherapist before starting a new fitness regime.

  1. Choose the right shoes

Always make sure you wear comfortable, supportive shoes. And remember, your feet may change shape as you get older, so it’s a good idea to get them measured by an experienced fitter, as you may need a different size or width fitting.    Here at Adaptawear we recommend Cosyfeet Shoes who provide a range of ladies and men’s shoes for extra wide or swollen feet.

  1. Never ignore an injury

Even the most innocuous-seeming bump can contribute to cartilage breakdown and increase risk of severe joint pain or osteoarthritis, particularly in older people. So if you’ve suffered a niggling injury or recurrent pain, do get it checked out by your doctor.

  1. Stop smoking

Need yet another reason to quit? Smoking just a few cigarettes each day can more than double your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to researchers in Sweden, who followed more than 30,000 women over a seven-year period.

  1. Joint Warmers

If you are struggling with pain in your joints then consider our Adaptawear range of joint warmers to help keep your joints warm which will in turn help protect your joints by softening stiff or twisted muscles.   Our joint warmers include knee warmers, back warmers, foot warmers.

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

Helping Older People Stay Safe Online

Here at Adaptawear; we believe strongly in a safe online experience for all and we have putonline safety together this handy guide for our older customers to go through when buying goods or banking online.

Online shopping and banking

The internet is a really useful way to shop and manage money from your home.  However there are risks associated with banking and shopping online and you need to be careful who you are buying from so you don’t become a victim of fraud.

Ensure that any online retailer that is unfamiliar to you is reputable by researching them.  Ensure they have a physical address and telephone number and take a look at past customer reviews and testimonials.

You should always use a secure website when entering credit card information, so that the information they send cannot be read by anyone else. You can check if it is a secure site by:

  • Looking for a padlock symbol in the browser window, not on the webpage itself
  • The website address should begin with ‘https://’ (The ‘s’ stands for ‘secure’)
  • If you get a pop-up message warning you about a website’s security certificate, you should be very cautious, as it may redirect to a fake website
  • Click on the padlock symbol to check that the seller is who they say they are and that their certificate is current and registered to the right address
  • Check the website’s privacy policy and returns policy

The padlock is not a guarantee of safe shopping, however you should also:

  • Use a strong password that cannot be easily guessed, avoiding maiden names etc. and opt ideally for a random mix of upper and lower-case letters, numbers and keyboard symbols
  • Remember that if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Paying by credit card or PayPal offers greater protection than other payment methods in terms of fraud and guarantees.
  • Avoid anything that is offered in an unsolicited or spam email unless you have signed up to a regular newsletter from that company
  • use one credit card for internet transactions only, so it can easily be cancelled if anything goes wrong
  • never give out financial details online unless they are completely confident of the company and the company displays a full contact address and telephone number
  • Check bank statements carefully after shopping to ensure that the correct amount has been debited
  • Ensure that you have updated all your anti spyware and firewall software

Finally even though there are risks with shopping and banking online; remember that there are huge benefits as well (increased choice, easy shopping and delivery direct to home) and it is rare to be a victim of online fraud.

Happy Shopping!

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com

Dressing Aids: Making Clothing More Accessible for the Elderly and Disabled

Adaptawear offers a wide range of dressing aids designed to make independent or assisted dressing easier. We want to enable all our customers to live an independent and fulfilled life and we know that getting dressed and what you wear is important to the way you feel about yourself; so we stock a range of useful dressing aids that you may need to help you with getting dressed each day.

sleeveaidSleeveaid

The SleeveAID will help to get your arms into clothing sleeves easily.  Simply place it gentle over the hand or wrist and insert your arm into the sleeve and the smooth surface will allow the arm to pass easily through the sleeve with the minimum of pressure.  Perfect for stroke or paralysis patients.   Price:  £8.29 ex VAT

 

plastic-shoehorn(350 x 500)Shoe Horn

Sturdy shoe horn to help putting on footwear from either standing or seated position.

Smooth finish so that it will not ladder stockings or snag socks.  Top of FormPrice: £2.99 inc VAT

 

ablebelt (350 x 500)Ablebelt

Looks like a normal smart leather belt but easier to fasten without the need to fiddle with difficult buckles.  Choice of black or brown.

Perfect for customers who struggle with conventional belts and suffer from arthritis, Parkinson’s disease or MS.   Price:  £30.00 inc VAT

 

button_hook (350 x 500)Button Hook/Zip Puller

Designed to help with both fastening of buttons and a zip puller.  The wire buttoning aid pulls the buttons easily through the button hole while the hook at the other end easily pulls zipper tabs.   Perfect for people with arthritis or limited use of their fingers and hands.Top of Form Price: £4.99 ex VAT

Please see our website for our full range of dressing aids including clip on ties, sock aids, leg lifters, anti-scratch mittens and elastic shoelaces.

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

www.adaptawear.com