Arthritis Makes You Humble – and It Stinks!

Getting ready to make spaghetti for dinner, I met one of the many obstacles I encounter every day. I had to open a jar of sauce. I used to be the one who could always open a tough, tight jar. Now, I need to hand off the jars to someone else. It’s very humbling to be met face to face with your limitations every day.

Home Care Services Orlando FL - Arthritis Makes You Humble – and It Stinks!

This evening, I tackled the jar alone, using a technique my mother taught me. She used to bang the top around its edges with the handle of a butter knife. It breaks the vacuum, which allows you to open the jar more easily. It doesn’t always work, but it did tonight.

I work with kids every day. I teach 14- and 15-year-olds. I’m frequently embarrassed to admit that I can’t do something because of arthritis in my hands. I encourage them to grow up to become researchers to cure arthritis because everyone gets it eventually.

Until the time a cure exists, society could do so much more to help. Manufacturers could have focus groups with arthritis try out their product packaging. They could learn what simple tweaks would give access to so many people, instead of reminding them of their weaknesses. Child-protective packaging does not have to lock adults out of the product. Door knobs, soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers, etc., render arthritic hands useless or less than competent. It’s incredibly irritating, and it could be solved so easily.

Products exist to help people with arthritis to deal with every-day activities. That’s wonderful and helpful. However, we could avoid the need for them by redesigning packaging. Let’s do that!

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About Melanie Lee

Robert “Kim” Lee and Melanie Ann Lee founded Flourish in Place to help seniors and adults with disabilities thrive and flourish while leading dignified and independent lives in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Kim and Melanie raised three remarkable children while helping care for Melanie’s wonderful mother, Kathryn, who lived a rich life despite dealing with bipolar disorder all her life and suffering later from post-polio syndrome. Melanie has cared for her intellectually disabled older sister for the past 18 years as Melinda’s court-appointed plenary guardian. Kim’s mother, Betsy, suffers from severe dementia. She lives in her own home with the help of compassionate family members as well as paid caregivers. Kim and Melanie’s life experiences caring for others influenced their desire to help people not merely “age in place” -- but flourish at home. Kim and Melanie are both Certified Senior Care Managers. Melanie is also a science teacher.
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