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    Answering Questions About Sizing for Ease Living's Non Binding Socks

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    I get a lot of questions about sizing for the non binding socks. These socks come from the UK so what you see on the package might be different than what you see in the description or are used to seeing in the United States when you shop for socks. Since most of my customers are in the US, I’ve adjusted the sizing information in the product description to US sizing.

    Now socks sold in the United States are usually marked a little differently than those from the UK. In the UK they use shoe sizes on their socks. In the US, a numerical sock size refers to how long your foot is in inches. This means that a sock size labeled 9-11- common in women's socks- does not refer to shoe size 9-11, but rather the length of the foot. For example, a women's size 7 shoe is about 9 5/16 inches, so it would fit in US women's socks maked 9-11. 

    Non binding socks at Ease Living are marked by shoe size like in the UK, not by inches.


    The women’s styles are marked Ladies US 5-9 UK 4-8 EUR 37-42

    Some women’s styles are available in a Plus size which is for Ladies US 7-12 UK 6-11 EUR 39-45
    I wear a US size 10 ½ in women’s shoes and the regular sized socks fit me well even though they are only marked up to a size 9.

    The men’s style are marked Mens US 7-12 UK 6-11 EUR 39-45. These can also work well for women with larger feet- above the size 9 listed on the women’s size socks. 

    I hope this helps you pick the perfect size Non Binding Socks for you. 

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    How Does An Occupational Therapist Help Older People?

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    We are all getting older. Aging brings a lot of changes, both physical and mental. I don’t need to list them all for you here. But one of the toughest parts of the aging process is losing the ability to do things that once were incredibly simple. When these everyday tasks get harder, people tend to feel confused, frustrated, and sometimes even embarrassed.

    Luckily there is help available. An occupational therapist is the perfect person to help with maintaining and regaining independence. 

    Read on to learn 6 benefits of occupational therapy for people as they get older. 

    First, What is Occupational Therapy?

    Many people understand what physical therapy is, but they're a little confused as to what exactly occupational therapy (OT) entails.

    Much of the confusion comes from the word “occupation”. Occupation, in the case of occupational therapy, means
    the everyday activities that people do to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life. This includes things people need to, want to and are expected to do- everything from activities of daily living like getting dressed and using the bathroom to caring for family members, things you do for fun, volunteering and work.

    Occupational therapy helps people at all stages of life develop, maintain, or recover the skills they need to perform activities (occupations) that are meaningful and necessary.

    So, how can an occupational therapist help someone who is aging? Let’s take a look.

    1. Make Everyday Tasks Easier

    A big part of an occupational therapist’s job is to help make daily tasks easier and safer. Tasks that have been made harder by illness, injury or aging.

    For many older people, normal daily activities like getting dressed, cooking and using the bathroom are harder and can be exhausting. This can be due to illness, injury or the general changes of aging. 

    When daily tasks are harder, people are less inclined to want to participate in other important aspects of life, such as work, social gatherings, family outings, and hobbies. This can quickly lead to feelings of depression and isolation.

    This is where occupational therapy can be so valuable. OTs help people improve their motor skills, strength, dexterity and endurance to make tasks easier. If needed, they teach compensation techniques to make it possible to do things independently, even if they needs to be done a little differently. 

    2. Fall Prevention

    Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 65 have a fall each year? Every 11 seconds, an elderly adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall.  And every 19 minutes someone dies from a fall. Falls are serious. In addition to the risk of immediate injury, falls often lead to fear of falling again. This makes someone less likely to move around which makes them weaker. This leads to, you guessed it- more falls.

    Falls are often brushed off as “No big deal” but these statistics highlight just how dangerous falls can be.

    Occupational therapists teach people balance and muscle building exercises to help prevent falls. If needed, OTs will also recommend different ways to approach tasks and adaptive equipment that can help maintain independence and safety.

    3. Memory Compensation

    Most people think about the physical benefits of occupational therapy. However, occupational therapy works with both cognitive and physical abilities.

    For example, if someone has memory loss, the occupational therapist will assess their areas of strength and weakness. They will then develop a plan that involves maintaining the strong areas and strengthening the weak areas.

    This can involve activities to increase memory and problem solving skills and using techniques and devices to compensate for decreased abilities. 

    4. Mental Health & Happiness

    It can be very hard to accept that the changes of aging are making life more difficult and that things need to be done differently. People often think  “How am I going to spend the rest of my life living this way?” The embarrassment at the changes can lead to decreased participation in activities you love like work and socializing. This starts a downward spiral of depression, decreased physical abilities and decreased mental abilities. 

    An occupational therapist can help people realize that although their body and mind are changing, and things might need to be done a little differently, life can still be very fulfilling. OTs help give people the confidence and determination they need to keep doing things they love and to keep having new adventures.

    5. Home Modifications

    Many people live in homes with features that make them unsafe and make tasks harder as they get older. 

    Things like stairs, slippery floors, and bathtubs and showers can all pose a safety risk. And home layouts can make tasks harder than they need to be. 

    An occupational therapist will look at the layout of the home and make recommendations for modifications. This can include things like:

    • Handrails and grab bars in the shower and throughout the home
    • Adding adaptive equipment 
    • Wheelchair ramps
    • Slip-resistant flooring
    • Home monitoring or medical alert systems
    • Rearranging a kitchen or bathroom

    These modifications will make the home safer and promote independent living.

    6. Adjusting to Vision Loss

    By the age of 65, approximately 1 in 3 Americans have some form of vision loss.

    Fixing vision issues when we are younger is often as simple as a trip to the eye doctor for glasses or contacts. With older people, it is sometimes not so simple. Some vision issues that affect us as we age can’t be easily fixed and this can lead to a struggle with performing everyday activities. 

    An occupational therapist can perform activities that help improve visual skills. They also can suggest changes in the home or workplace to make sure vision loss does not get in the way of everyday life.

    For example, an occupational therapist may suggest:

    • Removing clutter in the home that poses as a tripping hazard
    • Using color-coded tags to help identify objects
    • Adding more lighting and contrasting to the home
    • Placing magnifiers in the home
    • Placing bright stickers on important buttons, such as dishwashers, laundry machines, and microwaves
    • Painting walls a light color, and then painting outlets a dark color so they’re easy to locate
    • Labeling medication with large print
    • Color coding medication
    • Placing bright tape on steps to prevent falling

    Some of this is so simple and inexpensive but can make all the difference for someone who struggles with vision loss.

    Occupational therapy can help people in so many ways. If you or someone you love is finding it harder to be safe and independent, an OT is the perfect professional to call.

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    What Does Life Look Like with Incontinence?

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    Incontinence is something no one wants to talk about. Not being able to control one’s bladder is immediately associated with being a child or an “old person.” It’s embarrassing, makes people feel unattractive, and can lead them to stop doing the things they love. But the truth is that some form of incontinence affects more than 25 million Americans and it doesn’t discriminate based on age. The majority of people that live with it never ask for help. So the biggest reason for all the shame can be blamed on not talking about it.

    What does life look like with incontinence?

    Based on the statistics, there are plenty of people living with incontinence without you ever having knowledge of it. They still go to locker rooms, for example, and are unafraid to let their partners see them in their underwear because no, a person doesn’t need to wear a diaper if he or she suffers from this issue. Life doesn’t have to be different.

    Incontinence underwear exists that is stylish, comfortable, 100% functional, and some are even sexy. Gone are the days of being forced to wear bulky, noticeable paper diapers. The Love Luna line is one example that has styles for women that are reusable and stylish. Patented 3 layer technology eliminates dampness and odor. Toss them in the washer like you would with any other garment.

    What causes incontinence?

    Technically, it’s not a disease, but the symptom of an underlying issue that interferes with normal bladder function. A person can suffer incontinence for reasons like:

    -having suffered a spinal injury

    -a neurological disorder

    -invasive pelvic surgery

    -childbirth

    -menopause

    -prostate cancer treatment

    -diabetes

    -weakening of the pelvic floor muscles

    What can be done about incontinence?

    If you suffer from incontinence, wearing high-quality incontinence undergarments and trying these tips could make a world of difference:

    -Reduce your caffeine intake and avoid sugary foods.

    -Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water every day can prevent irritation of the bladder lining.

    -Keep your weight in check.

    -Steer clear of medications that can cause incontinence, like antidepressants and antihistamines.

    -Practice “double” urinating. After urinating, wait and try again. This completely empties the bladder and can reduce urinary tract infections.

    Life with incontinence looks like your life. You can do this.

    More tips on how to cope with incontinence HERE.




    How to Cope with Incontinence


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    Do you know anyone that experiences incontinence? Probably not, because no one talks about it! The truth is that more than 25 million Americans suffer from some form of incontinence  It affects both men and women, and can happen to anyone at any age.  

    There are many different reasons why someone might experience incontinence including health, diet, age and pregnancy or childbirth. But one thing is certain, the emotional toll can be debilitating. You might lose interest in activities you once enjoyed like playing sports, going out to eat and hanging out with friends and family. Light bladder leakage can affect your sleep and make you feel like you never want to leave the house. It can make you feel unattractive.

    But you know what? It doesn’t have to be the end of the world. You can do everything you enjoy, with style, despite bladder leakage. Traditional adult diapers are treated as a joke. They are bulky and uncomfortable and something to hide.

    Ease Living has a better solution.

    Incontinence underwear that is stylish, comfortable and 100% functional - and it looks good. Love Luna Lady Leaks is a New line of reusable, washable incontinence underwear for women

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    You didn’t choose to have incontinence but you can choose how you respond. Take charge and carry on!