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    6 Gifts for Those Who Love to Travel

    gifts for travlers

    One of the great benefits of getting older is having more time to travel. But being older can make travel a little more difficult. The right product can make all the difference. Why don't you give them the thing they didn't know they needed to make that trip a little easier? 6 of my favorites. 

    • The Ez Fold N Go Rollator-  Weighing in at only 14 pounds and folding up 3 x smaller than the typical rollator, the Ez Fold N Go Rollator is the perfect mobility product to take on the road. It even gives you a place to rest.
    • A Folding Travel Cane - A cane you can easily take with you. These folding canes can easily be put in a tote when wandering about or in a suitcase for the journey. In classic, modern and even pretty styles.
         

    • Metro Car Handle - Taking a road trip? Or maybe renting an unfamiliar car? Make it easy to get in and out on your own with the metro car handle. Works on any car without causing any damage. It is like having a stable armrest to push up from. Portable and perfect for the job.

       

               

       

      • Buckingham Compact EasywipeA difficult problem with an easy solution. Getting clean after using the bathroom can be hard for a lot of reasons. The compact Easywipe can help. And it folds to half its size to fit in its discreet travel case. Don't let toileting difficulty keep you stuck in your home. 

      • Bedside Econorail - A bed rail you can take on the road. You never know how high or low the bed is going to be at your destination. Make sure you can easily get in and out with a bed rail you've brought with in its travel case. 

      Give a gift that will help travel stay enjoyable and safe. And send pictures!

      How Do I Know My Compression Socks Are Providing the Right Level of Compression?

      do compression socks work

      Recently I had a customer ask how to know if compression socks are providing the compression stated - 15-20 mmhg vs 20-30 mmHg. I reached out to one some of my favorite socks brands and this is what I learned. 

      A factory with a history of making graduated compression socks and with state of the art technology that provides for circular knitting with different types of yarn.

      When a new shipment is received, the socks under go an extensive quality control process that ensures consistency. Each pair of socks is tested by hand for  sizing and compression level. They are measured and stretched to ensure the correct measurements for the size. Using a Pico Press, the compression level is measured to ensure that the correct mmHg (millimeters per mercury) is being detected in the right area of each sock. With this rigorous testing in place, the socks are listed with the Food and Drug Administration. 

      I only sell compression socks from companies that have this level of testing. The socks are made with functional fabrics to provide graduated compression for the health of your legs. Shop the collection of cute high quality compression socks here. 

      The Ultimate Guide to Walking with A Cane

      walking with a cane

      Many people are often apprehensive about using a cane. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe they think it makes them look old? Or incompetent? Here is how I see it. If a cane allows you to keep doing the things you love - safely - why wouldn’t you want a cane? When the choices are leaving the cane at home and falling (talk about making a scene!) or staying home and being bored and lonely, I’ll take the cane. 

      First, find a cane (or canes) you love. If you think something is ugly you will be a lot less likely to actually use it. Next, make sure the cane is the right height and learn how to walk with it correctly. 

      Measuring for the Right Cane

      Having a cane that is the correct height is important for safety and for your posture. Many models exist that are adjustable, but you should still know the proper length to use.

      You can obtain the correct measurement by standing upright with your arms relaxed. There should be a natural bend at your elbows, just like there always is when you’re standing. Make sure you’re in regular walking shoes that you’d often be wearing while using the cane.

      Have a second person measure you, going from your wrist joint down to the floor. This number gives you the correct cane length. So if you measure 32” from your wrist joint to the floor, you need a cane that’s 32” tall.

      You can also estimate the proper cane length by dividing your height in two. So, if you are 62” tall (5’ 2”), you need a cane that’s approximately 31” high. For most people, the right sized cane is within 1” of half your height. But always opt to stand and measure wrist joint to floor when possible. 

      How to Walk With a Cane

      Knowing how to use a cane when walking is imperative. 

      1. Hold the cane in the hand on your “good side” so that when you lean on it, you are taking weight off the side that hurts the most.
      2. Move the cane and the bad leg together at the same time. So, when you take a step with your bad leg, move the cane forward in sync. Don’t stretch it out--move it the same distance as your average step. 

      When stepping onto a level surface, have your bad leg take the first step while you use the cane to steady yourself as needed. When going up stairs, remember the saying “up with the good” to put your good leg up the step first. When going down stairs, remember the saying “down with the bad” to put your bad leg down the step first. 

      Soon walking with a cane will come without thinking. 

      Find a cane you love at Ease Living or anywhere else. Here is a link to Ease's current selection. Take that perfect cane and keep moving. Tell me about your adventures. 

      :) Alison 

      I’ve Found My People at the YBL Conference by Ageist

      YBL conference by ageist
      The first, and hopefully annual, Your Best Life (YBL) conference was held on Tuesday, June 11 in Los Angeles. Put on by David Harry Stewart and the folks at Ageist, it set out to examine the social and economic impact of the modern 50+ demographic and how to deliver value to this generation. It did that and so much more. Over 200 people from all over the world gathered to find a better way to serve or live as a modern elder, a term coined by speaker Chip Conley. These people get it. They get that aging has changed and that ageism is rampant and unacceptable. We shared ideas and discussions on everything from design and purpose to work and disease. As highlighted by Paul Irving, science has advanced lifespan, but social science hasn’t kept the same pace. I am very happy to be a part of the group taking up that challenge. If you are a part of the aging space, you need to put the next event on your calendar. I’ll see you there.

      Feel Good About Using A Cane

      feel good about using a cane 

      Are you having trouble getting around like you used as you get older? Maybe your doctor or a friend suggested using a cane. You bristled at the suggestion. But why? You use glasses to help you see, a dishwasher to help you do dishes? It might be because a cane makes you feel frail and old. Here is an easy solution.

      Buy a cane THAT YOU LIKE!

      Let me explain.  Do you have a sweater in the back of your closet you don’t wear because you received it as a gift and think it is ugly? The same thing will happen with an ugly cane that makes you feel old and frail. If your cane was purchased by yourself or someone else who walked into the local drug store and bought the first thing they saw, you aren’t going to like it. Brushed aluminum is not for everyone. Just like you shop around for shoes that fit your look, do the same with canes. You should even have more than one- a cane for work, a cane for exercise, a cane for sporting events, black tie, picnic etc. You get the idea. Yes, Ease Living does sell a variety of canes and I would love to help you find a cane you love. But if you don’t shop with Ease, find a cane you love somewhere else. Your life, your safe mobility and your happiness depend on it.

      Shop Ease's Selection of Canes here.