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An Old Chick Named Hazel

Meet Hazel, a spunky 80 year old who wants to age gracefully in her own home.   This blog series provides tips and links to products to help seniors live independently in their current home.  

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I Like My Stuff Close By

Updated: Mar 5, 2019

Hazel likes all her stuff close to her in her bedroom. So we bought her one of those shoe storage organizers and put it over her door in her bedroom. Now of course there are no shoes in the storage bag but she uses it to hold all her personal toiletries from lotions to extra toothbrushes, denture cleansers, tissues, over the counter medicines, packaged snacks and more. Get one that is mesh or clear so you can see the contents. The organizer also helps to keep the bedroom clean. Hint: The shoe organizer is a good idea for all ages.


Next to her bed she keeps a magazine organizer to catch those old papers and receipts that she stuffed in her pocketbook. She is insistent upon keeping these items so the magazine organizer works well. She also keeps a notebook and pen in the organizer to jot down things she thinks about in the middle of the night.


Sometimes Hazel will keep a small plastic pitcher of ice next to her bed so she can have drinking water at night. After all, she goes upstairs to bed at 7:30 at night and needs the water to take her evening pills. You may consider a mini size refrigerator in the bedroom for cold drinks at night. This is especially a good idea if getting to the kitchen involves stairs.


Keep a phone charger, a small trash can and an extra pair of glasses near the bed. And that is how Hazel keeps her stuff close by.








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