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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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She Can See Clearly Now

Updated: Mar 5, 2019

Hazel gets up often during the night to use the bathroom. To keep Hazel from tripping through the dark, I bought her several nightlights. We put nightlights in the hall and in the bathroom. The nightlights are a life saver. Literally! There are different types of nightlights including those that turn on and off from dusk to dawn. Another nightlight to consider is one made of Himalayan salt. The salt nightlight is also a stress reliever and an air purifiier.


The easiest and best lighting to place next to the bed are touch lamps. A touch lamp turns on and off just by touching it with your hand. That means Hazel doesn’t have to get up and turn off a light switch. This is especially good since sometimes Hazel falls asleep before she turns off the light from the wall switch. So no getting up for her in a groggy sleep, uncoordinated and in a fog to turn off the light. She can just reach out and touch the lamp. It’s also great for when she gets up in the dark.....just reach over and touch the lamp. Here are a couple of options. Lamp 1 and Lamp 2. Consider touch lamps that have several settings (i.e., low, bright and off). Lamp 3. Just a note, if the touch lamp is plugged in to an outlet associated with a wall switch, you may have to flick the wall switch a a couple of times to get the touch lamp to turn on.


Here is another tip, try using a timer on a lamp. Sometimes Hazel will take a nap in the afternoon. On those short days during the winter, having a timer on a lamp helps to ensure she doesn’t wake up from her nap in the dark just to fumble around to get to a light.


Hazel wears reading glasses. She keeps several pairs of reading glasses around the house so she doesn’t have to look far to find a pair. She also uses a magnifying glass with a light and magnifying sheets to read or to look at pictures. She also wears a wrist watch that has large numbers on the face for women and for men. After all she needs to keep up with the time so she can think about what her children and grandchildren may be doing at that particular moment.



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