In my latter forties I can already see that things my mother experienced are coming true. I spend too much time out in the garden pulling weeds and the joints in my fingers become stiff. I wonder, is this is the beginning of arthritis? I use my hands for everything, typing, writing, gardening, sewing, and cannot imagine not being able to use my hands. A client of mine has arthritis so severe that she is unable to cook and do daily tasks. Now there may be a bright side to this, her husband does most of these tasks. But what if one doesn’t have a husband or another pair of hands? I always say I can’t imagine what I would do if I lost my eyesight. I also can’t imagine what I would do if I lost the nimbleness in my hands, although I’m sure I would figure something out. Who of you out there have lost the use of a limb or sight and what accommodations have you made?

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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