With grace, acceptance, reluctance, or kicking and screaming, we’re all aging - and with that comes changes in our bodies: vision, coordination, mobility, cognition … .
Not lovely or fun, but a reality.
Others of us are dealing with ongoing, sudden, or emerging health challenges along the same lines.
I’m curious to read what changes you have made or considered (for your home kitchen or to help someone else), to adapt to a changing body and abilities.
Complete kitchen redesign? Different mixing bowls or cookware? New tools/equipment? Mats to cushion the floor? Different drawer pulls or cabinet handles? Anything and everything - I’d like to learn from your experiences, good and bad.
As for me, I’m dealing with the general changes that happen with age, plus a neurological disorder(s) that primarily manifests as movement issues. I have specific trouble with repetitive motions (stirring or whisking), intention tremors (fine motor skills - knives are a concern), and actions that require muscles/groups to do two things at once (grip a handle and stir).
My project this weekend involves going through accumulated cooking utensils (spatulas, peelers, spoons, and such) and figuring out which I can still use safely, comfortably, effectively, and efficiently. That which is no longer useful will be donated and then I’ll determine what I need to replace. I’m gravitating to the OXO Good Grips brand, but am wondering what else is out there.
I am grateful I’ve the time to figure out how to adapt.
What I’m really curious about, though, is you: how are you navigating your way through the joys of aging in the kitchen?