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Cool Tools to help with your activities of daily living and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Updated on July 23, 2015

Cool things that I have found to help when my Rheumatoid Arthritis flares up.


I work in an office setting part-time and in the field the rest of the time. There are days when grabbing things are painful, one such item was a common stapler. I did a lot of research and came across an inexpensive yet very effective stapler that is easy to use. It is called the PaperPro © and is designed for use with just one finger. The amount of pressure needed to staple is minimal. It is made to staple up to 20 pages. I was skeptical at first but it really works. There are many types of similar staplers out there so I encourage you to do your own research but this particular stapler is working great for me.

Big, thick pens. Love, love, love them. Shop around and don’t be focused on just shopping at office supply stores. I have found some brightly colored pens at craft stores that work well and that are inexpensive.

My normal vegetable peelers just are not working for me because they are too difficult to grasp. There are several new vegetable peelers on the market with larger handles. Rachel Ray has one that has a large handle and even comes with a brush for cleaning your veggies. They are brightly colored and usually run around $8.00.

Anyone else having problems opening jars? I sure do. Usually if the hubby is around, he is my jar opener. There are several options out there to help out when he is not around. I tried the flat rubber openers but they still require a certain degree of twisting and grasping which I can’t always do. There are several easy twist jar openers that can be used on jars of any size and that don’t require you to use your hands that much. I personally like the Evriholder Easi-Twist Jar Opener © for jars and for cans the Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener ©.

Explore different products to see what works for you. I find that what works one time might not work the next time depending on where my pain in centered. One thing I am learning, slowly, is to ask for help. This is not an easy thing for me to do since I am so independent. I have found that it is better to ask for help than to suffer in silence. I also was embarrassed to use the products mentioned above because it would be openly admitting to my “handicap.” Well, guess what? Sometimes I need help and sometimes that help is from friends and family and other times for cool tools.

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