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    Benefits of Compression Socks for Travel

     

    are compression socks good for travel?

    Do you find that traveling, especially long-distance, is hard on your legs?

    One of the reasons for this is that you spend a long time sitting still on such journeys. Limited movement results in reduced blood flow, especially in your legs. Not only is this uncomfortable, it can also lead to circulation problems like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or formation of blood clots in deep veins.

    The risk of developing such complications increases on long-haul flights, as cramped spaces and raised cabin pressure further contribute to the issue. Fortunately, we have a simple solution to keep these likely problems at bay—Compression Socks!

    Compression Socks are special, snug-fitting socks that put gentle pressure on the blood vessels in your legs, allowing them to work better. They slightly squeeze the foot and calf muscles, thus improving the blood flow. This also prevents blood from pooling in one place and forming clots. When you wear compression socks for flying, they also support the legs and keep them from become tired and sore.

    Health benefits aside, the best part is that compression socks are no longer dull or ugly. Instead, there are many fashionable and colorful choices to suit every taste. The stylish options available today make it easy to incorporate compression socks into your wardrobe. They easily pass off as fashionable hosiery, allowing you to seamlessly blend them in with the rest of your outfit.

    Which compression socks are right for you? Learn about the different types in this post. 

    Whether you prefer solid colors, floral prints, funky modern designs or smart details, we have a stunning variety of options for you to choose from. Click here to check it out for yourself. 

    Make our compression socks your constant companion and look great while you indulge in the fun of traveling without having to worry about your feet again!

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    Unexpected Gifts for Older Women

     

    Who is the hardest person on your list? I will bet that if you have anyone over the age of 50 on that list, they are one of the tough ones. What to do buy for someone who has the life experience to know what they want and to get it for themselves? I have curated a list that includes items for those that are active and those are that are a little less so.

    1. Compression Socks They Will Love.

    Compression socks are all the rage for comfort and health reasons. But they can be so ugly. These cute compression socks have the style you need and are good for the legs. In regular and plus sizes and in different levels of compression. 

              

    There are even lightweight compression socks for those who are lucky enough to live somewhere warm.     Link to the collection here or on the pictures above.

    2. The Perfect Cane for Every Look.

                    

    A cane should complement your style just like your eyeglasses or your bag. From an all terrain cane to folding travel canes, our canes and accessories are perfect to make sure all outings are good outings . See the collection here or click on the pictures above. 

    3. A Walker That Goes Everywhere They Want to Be.

               

    A walker or rollator provides so many options. The stability and support to walk and a place to rest. Ease has many options but here are 3 of my favorite. The Rollz2 that serves as both a four wheeled walker with a seat and as a wheelchair. The Carbon Ultralight weighs only 11 pounds and it is gorgeous. The Escape comes in 3 heights for those 4'7" to 6'7". The best walker is one that they will use.  Click here for all the options. 

    4. Cute and Comfortable Non Binding Socks.

    Socks that leave a mark are uncomfortable and can be bad for leg health in those with diabetes or legs that tend to swell. These socks come in pretty patterns and solids. 

           

              

    Click HERE to see the whole collection. 

     

    5. Your time.  Make an extra call and send an extra call or email. That will likely be the best gift they receive.           

    In the end, the gift of confidence and independence is one of the best gifts you can give.  

    7 Lighting Tips for Aging Eyes

    seven lighting tips for aging eyes

    I don't know about you, but my eyes have definitely started to change as I get older. Smaller print is harder to read and glare bothers me a bit more. Why does this happen?

    Science has discovered many age related vision changes. As we age the lenses of our eyes begin to yellow and harden. The yellowing causes a higher absorption of blue wavelength light when can distort colors. It can be harder to distinguish between green and blue and blues may start to look more grey. The increased rigidity means our eyes don't focus as quickly and accurately as they once did. 

    Corneas also become more opaque with age. This allows less light to enter the eye. Pupils shrink which also allows less light in to the eye. In addition, the ciliary muscles of the eye can weaken also leading to a decreased ability to focus and adjust to changing light. 

    Sounds pretty bleak, huh? 

    With some simple changes, you can take control of your vision and continue with your life as you like. Of course it is important to involve both your primary care physician and your eye doctor in vision care. Other health conditions and side effects of medication can contribute to vision problems and your doctors will best be able to handle these issues. Make sure you wear glasses if they are needed and that they are the right prescription. As our eyes change, our prescription will also change so it is important to have it checked and get new lenses as needed. Why not treat yourself to some fun new glasses that you will want to wear?

    An easy help for aging eyes is proper lighting. Those over 65 need twice as much light as they did at age 20 to see in the same way. At Ease Living we have compiled some tips. 

    7 Lighting Tips Every Senior Must Know

    1. Increase Ambient Light  –  Ambient light is overall illumination in a room. This is different from task lighting where a specific surface like a desk, counter top of craft area is lit for a certain task. 
    2. Let the sun shine in - The most powerful source of ambient light is the sun. So open up those curtains and blinds during daylight hours. Use skylights in areas where sun doesn't reach through the windows.
    3. Lighten up your Walls – Dark walls absorb light and will require more ambient light in the room. So repaint those dark walls a fun lighter color. Use a more matte finish to decrease glare. 
    4. Reduce Glare – Those with aging eyes are especially sensitive to glare. With increased light levels comes the increased risk of glare. Some tips to reduce glare: Use well fitting, opaque shades on fixtures to help disperse the light; Avoid shiny surfaces on countertops, tables, frames etc; Use matte paint on walls and furniture so light is not reflected. 
    5. Keep light levels uniform – Aging eyes have difficulty adjusting to sudden changes in light levels, so your goal is to keep light levels uniform within a room an when going from room to room.
    6. Check the wattage limits of your light fixtures to see if you can increase the wattage. If so, get new bulbs, but NEVER exceed the maximum wattage of your fixture!  
    7. Light Controls – No one wants to stumble around looking for a light switch. Consider motion control lights or lighted wall switches to make it easy to get out of the dark. Make sure light switches and lamp controls are easy to reach and to use when considering other issues that may also be occurring like arthritis. Adding dimmers can help you adjust the light to where you can see the best and alter it for different times of day.
    Areas that Require Special Attention
    • Bathrooms - Avoid shadows and glare given the shiny and different leveled surfaces in a bathroom. A dimmer or motion activated light is best for night time trips so a bright light isn't startling. 
    • Stairways and Entry Ways – Anytime there is a change in elevation the risk of fall increases.  Shadows cast by stairs can make the surface appear lower than it actually is. Make sure that lighting is consistent along the whole stair case or porch to avoid confusing the eyes and the brain.
    • The Kitchen – Much like the bathroom, the kitchen contains different surface heights and shiny surfaces. Great lighting is also necessary to help read recipes, labels and prescriptions. Task lighting is especially important in the kitchen.
    • Bedroom - For night time bathroom trips or reading in bed, make sure there is enough light in the bedroom.  A gentle ambient light will make midnight bathroom trips safer. A good reading lamp will reduce strain when reading. 

    Check the lighting around your home. Move things around and buy some new maps as needed. An electrician can help install new switched lights if that is the best solution for your space. 

    Quick Guide to Buying a Cane

    a quick guide to buying a cane

    Canes are the most common mobility aid. Whether prescribed by a physician or therapist or purchased independently for more security, canes are everywhere. Unfortunately that $15 cane from the drug store can cause more problems than it solves. From the wrong height to the wrong grip, it can cause further pain or make walking even harder. What are some things to consider when purchasing a cane?

    Height: The proper cane height is important for safety and utility. A therapist can measure for the proper size or if you would like to measure at home, it is an easy process. Wear your normal walking shoes and stand as straight as possible with your arms falling naturally at your sides. Measure to the crook or crease in your wrist. This is the proper height for your cane.

    This measurement will usually be within one inch of half the users height. So if someone is 5'7" (67 inches). Divide this number by one half (33.5 inches for our example). Add one half inch to this measurement (now we are up to 34 inches). This is the estimated size of the cane for this person.

    Many of the canes we sell at Ease Living are adjustable or can be cut to the proper height. 

    Handle: The shape of the cane's handle can have an effect on how comfortable it is to use. Many like the standard round or crook handle for its simplicity but it can be hard to use if joint pain is an issue as it provides little support. If this applies to you,  a derby or fritz handle may be better suited as these provide a more comfortable gripping surface and more evenly distribute weight over the cane. 

    Style: The design of the cane can mean the difference between the cane you carry with you at all times and the one you leave in the closet. If a cane makes you feel old or disabled using it will make you unhappy. Chose a cane that compliments your personal style. You may even want different canes for different occasions! Just like clothing, your cane reflects your personality.

    Check out our curated selection of canes at Ease Living. From classic to modern, we are adding more options all the time. Let us know if you have any questions or if there is a type of cane you would like that you don't see listed.

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    How to Choose Between a Walker & Rollator

    walker vs rollator

    Need a little help getting around? If you are having issues with strength, balance, endurance or pain, a walker can be the perfect mobility solution. There is no need to slow down. But what type of walker is best? There are 4 main types of walkers: standard, rolling, rollator (a walker with wheels and a seat) and combination walkers. 

    • Standard Walker.  How To Choose Between A Walker & RollatorThese are popular because they are inexpensive and provide a lot of support. They must be lifted to move so they require enough upper body strength to lift the walker and enough balance to stand independently for a moment. Standard walkers can be difficult for long trips and they can slow you down.  They do fold mostly flat for transportation and storage. This is the type of walker commonly seen at drug stores and other big box retailers. 
    • Rolling Walker.  How To Choose Between A Walker & RollatorA rolling walker is a standard walker with wheels on the front 2 legs. It can allow for a faster pace because the walker does not need to be lifted with each step. They are somewhat less stable than a standard walker and are a good option for someone who wants the extra support, has the balance to move more freely and doesn't need to put a lot of weight on the walker. These also fold mostly flat for transportation and storage and can be found at drug stores and some big box retailers. Ease Living carries the Ez Fold N Go Walker - the world's most lightweight and portable walker. 
    • Rollator. How To Choose Between A Walker & Rollator Rollator is another name for a four wheel walker or a walker with a seat. Rollators allow you to move as quickly as is safe because they are not slowed by having to lift. They come equipped with a seat for rest, a basket or bag to hold personal items and hand brakes that can be locked for stability when sitting and do fold for transport.  Ease Living carries a variety of rollators including the Ez Fold N Go Rollator which is the most compact and portable rollator we have found. The Escape is a fantastic rollator that is available in 3 different adjustable sizes to accommodate those 4'7" to 6'7". 
    • 2 in 1 Rollator & Transport Chair rollzAnother popular option is the Rollator/transport chair combination. It can be used as a traditional rollator that provides support to the person pushing it, or as a transport chair which offers the user a chance to sit back and relax as someone else gives them a ride. This option is especially popular for travel because it offers the most flexibility with one device. No need to bring both a walker and a wheeelchair!

    No matter what device you choose, there are many accessories available to make it your own and make it work for you. Walker bags, cane and drink holders, travel bags - the selection is endless. 

    Shop Ease Living's entire selection of walkers, rollators and accessories here

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