We’ve talked about various electronic gadgets to help our elders stay in touch without overwhelming them with technology, but we haven’t really discussed other ways to make their lives easier. The Sock Aid with Foam Grip is a device to help people with arthritis of the hips or knees, back pain, or other physical limitations get their socks on by themselves. I have severe arthritis in both knees, and I was introduced to the Sock Aid at a seminar for potential joint-replacement candidates. My first thought was that it would destroy my socks to stretch them over the end of the sock aid, but the elastic seems as snappy as ever. You just put the sock over the end, lay it on the floor while keeping a grip on the ropes, slide your foot into the Sock Aid, and then pull up on the ropes. Your sock slides on easy as can be, and the Sock Aid just pulls out the top of the sock.
I purchased one from Amazon to have for my surgery, but I find myself using it now to prevent pain in my knees. It would be a great tool for adults of any age who have limited motion because of arthritis, surgery, or injury. The Sock Aid with Foam Grip is $8.49 at Amazon.