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Hacks can ease the trials of aging

from The New York Times

When Barbara Beskind, 92, had trouble reaching foods in the back of her refrigerator, she installed a lazy susan on an inside shelf. The revolving tray makes items much easier to reach. Ms. Beskind, a former occupational therapist in the Army who has age-related macular degeneration, a disease that reduces her central vision, also attached small tactile bumps to the "Answer" button and the "2" and "8" keys on her phone, making it easier for her to respond to and make calls. Many older people, like Ms. Beskind, are forgoing high-tech gadgetry in favor of common — and usually much cheaper — items from office supply and hardware stores, repurposing them to solve everyday problems. more


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