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29 Products and Services to Make Seniors' Lives Easier

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Older adults, persons with disabilities, and folks recovering from injury can all benefit from daily living products to make everyday tasks easier. From bathroom aids and medication management to kitchen gadgets and healthcare products, there are plenty of independent living aids that can help folks go about their daily routine easily and safely. They also make practical gift ideas. Looking to save some money while you're making life easier? Be sure to check out 23 Keys to Aging Well on a Shoestring Budget.

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Non-Skid Dinnerware

Price: $9 from Amazon
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Add dishes with a non-skid base to your list of independent living aids for the kitchen. This Maddak Skidtrol Red Scooper Dish can make eating easier for someone who has limited muscle control or the use of only one hand. 

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Built-Up Handles

Price: $19 from Amazon
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Maddak Universal Built-Up Handles attach to utensils, pens, pencils, toothbrushes, and such to make daily living products like these easier to grasp if you have arthritis pain. They come in a pack of four.

Zipper Pull/Button Hook
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Zipper Pull/Button Hook

Price: $9 from Amazon
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For older adults who need a little help with zippers and buttons, this Vive combination tool can make the daily routine of dressing a little easier.

Sock Aid
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Sock Aid

Price: $9 from Amazon
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Bending over and putting on a sock may not be a big deal for younger people, but it can be extremely difficult for those with limited mobility. Independent living aids such as the RMS Deluxe Sock Aid help you get dressed without bending over.

Big Button TV Remote
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Big Button TV Remote

Price: $16 from Amazon
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Older adults with low vision often have difficulty seeing the numbers on an ordinary TV remote, and pressing the buttons with arthritic hands can be hard too. The EasyMote big button TV universal remote control is one of those daily living products that can make a big difference.

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Grab Bar

Price: $16.50 from Amazon
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Simple independent living aids like this Moen grab bar are designed to fit any bathroom decor and add a subtle bit of security. Properly installed, it can bear up to 500 pounds and make life easier for folks who need bathing aids to help get in and out of a bathtub.

Related: 10 Common Reasons for Falling Injuries -- and How to Prevent Them

Liquid-Level Indicator
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Liquid-Level Indicator

Price: $10 from Amazon
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Helpful for people who have lost most or all of their vision, a liquid-level indicator sounds an alert when a cup or bowl is nearly full.

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Toilet Safety Rails

Price: $28 from Amazon
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Healthcare products like the Medline Toilet Safety Rails provide an added bit of security in the bathroom for anyone who has difficulty sitting or standing.

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Raised Toilet Seat

Price: $27 from Amazon
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Another option in the bathroom is the Drive Medical Elevated Raised Toilet Seat. Portable and lockable, with handles for balance and support, it reduces the distance between sitting and standing.

Pill Organizer
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Pill Organizer

Price: $7 from Amazon
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Medication management can be tough enough when you're just taking one or two pills. Simple healthcare products such as this Auvon iMedassist weekly pill organizer have separate compartments for each day of the week. Pricier versions with built-in clocks and alarms are also available.

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Grabber

Price: $16 from Amazon
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Grabbers (also called reachers) make terrific daily living products for anyone with limited mobility who needs to retrieve items from shelves or pick up belongings from the floor.

Garden Kneeler
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Garden Kneeler

Price: $26 from Amazon
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Just because you're outside doesn't mean you can't benefit from a few independent living aids in the yard and garden. There are many contraptions that improve comfort while working in the garden. A TomCare Garden Kneeler Seat Garden Benchpadded kneeler can be flipped over and used as a low bench.

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Slip-Resistant Shower Mat

Price: $10 from Amazon
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This SlipX Solutions slip resistant shower mat proves that simple bathing aids are sometimes the best. It's available in while, blue, tan, and clear.

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Shower Chair

Price: $27 from Amazon
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For those who need a little more stability, healthcare products including a shower seat are also useful in the bathroom. The Hairby Bathtub Shower Stool can be adjusted to different heights and hold about 300 pounds.

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Cellphone
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Cellphone

Price: $100 from Best Buy
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Many seniors may not be interested in a smartphone but could use a simple flip phone with an extra-big display. The Jitterbug was designed with seniors in mind, and its relatively low cost can fit a tight budget. It comes equipped with a one-button emergency contact service.

Senior-Specific Tablet
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Senior-Specific Tablet

Price: $200 from Consumer Cellular
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A senior-specific tablet like the GrandPad can be easier to use than a conventional tablet that's loaded with unnecessary apps, making your online life easier to navigate.

Amplified Phone
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Amplified Phone

Price: $38 from Walmart
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Amplified phones are essential daily living products for anyone with hearing impairment. This RCA corded model has extra-large buttons, quick-dial settings to call friends and family, as well as an amplified volume and a speakerphone.

Bed Rail
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Bed Rail

Price: $31 from Walmart
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Getting in and out of bed can be difficult for people with mobility issues. This Medline senior home care product can help with that and also help keep folks from rolling out of bed.

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Medical Organizer

Price: $40 from Amazon
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Keep medical paperwork for senior home care in order with a dedicated organizer like My Doctor Book. This three-ring binder comes with dividers for managing everything from business cards and diagnostic reports, plus a resealable pouch for small items and a notepad.

Related: 10 Keys to Aging Well on a Shoestring Budget

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Jar Opener

Price: $8 from Amazon
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Easy Grip rubber jar openers make life easier for cooks with limited hand strength. They come in a set of four and are perfect for everyday tasks in the kitchen.

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Cane Seat

Price: $22 from Amazon
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This Drive Medical folding cane seat provides support and stability while walking and opens into an instant seat for resting almost anywhere. This double-duty cane can hold up to 250 pounds.

Book Light
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Book Light

Price: $9 from Amazon
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Sit up all night reading your favorite novel with an Energizer book light. This battery-powered clip-on LED light provides plenty of illumination for reading. Two batteries are included.

Playing Card Holders
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Playing Card Holders

Price: $16 from Amazon
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Yellow Mountain Imports wooden playing card holders make a great gift for anyone who has difficulty grasping or holding small objects. Set of four.

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Key Turner

Price: $8 from Amazon
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A key turner provides a little extra leverage for those who can't easily turn a key in a lock.

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Large-Print Word Search Puzzles

Price: $13 from Amazon
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A book of large-print word-search puzzles like this keep your mind sharp without the fuss of squinting to read tiny little crossword squares. This one has a spiral binding that allows it to lie flat.

Therapeutic Puzzles
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Therapeutic Puzzles

Price: $20 from Amazon
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Therapeutic puzzles like Puzzle With Me have only 12 pieces and are designed for those struggling with memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, or dementia. They come with a built-in shelf, which allows them to be enjoyed anywhere.

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Adult Coloring Book

Price: $8 from Amazon
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Adult coloring books are all the rage, but many include designs with narrow lines or tight spaces that are difficult for aging eyes to see. Look for coloring books made with seniors and novices in mind, with easy-to-color illustrations.

Blood Pressure Monitor
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Blood Pressure Monitor

Price: $30 from Amazon
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A blood pressure monitor like this Care Touch model makes health monitoring easier for persons with cardiovascular issues or anyone who just wants to keep an eye on their well being. Unlike traditional blood pressure monitors, this one is designed to be worn on the wrist.

Walmart Pickup Service is Free
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Grocery Pickup or Delivery

Many grocery stores offer online ordering. Store staffers assemble and pack the order, and it can be picked up or delivered. This service can be a boon for seniors who are comfortable online or have a family member who can help. Costs vary, but retailers including Walmart and Costco offer free pickup at some locations.

To see products mentioned in this gift guide and more, visit our gift idea lists on Amazon.