To help advocate for World Arthritis Day 2020 (12th of October), we thought it would be a great idea to answer some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding arthritis. We also have a 10% discount code you can use when buying Tenura products through our website.
Can Arthritis be Cured? / Can Arthritis be Treated?
Currently, a cure is not known for arthritis. However, there are many treatments available that can decelerate and help minimise the pain and other symptoms surrounding arthritis. If you believe you or someone you know has arthritis, seek a doctor’s advice immediately.
To treat arthritis, you can use prescribed medication. There are some lifestyle changes you can make too, such as spending more time in the sun, as Vitamin D helps maintain healthy bones and allows the autoimmune system to work correctly. Sunshine is especially helpful for those with rheumatoid arthritis which is often caused by an autoimmune response in the body. You can read more about this in our "Activities in the Sun for People with Arthritis" blog.
There are various operations doctors can perform depending on the type of arthritis and its severity, with the well-known being, joint replacement surgery. During this surgery, a prosthetic joint replaces an arthritic joint.
Can Arthritis Spread?
Rheumatoid arthritis is currently perceived to spread via a person’s blood vessels. If a person has rheumatoid arthritis their arthritic joint releases synovial cells contained in the synovial sac (the sac lubricate joints to avoid friction and wear), these cells travel around the body, affecting other joints-according to a study at the Kerckhoff-Clinic, Germany.
Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis does not spread through the body. Due to this, a person with osteoarthritis may overcompensate, heavily using other joints to remain balanced and mobile. Overcompensating can cause those other joints to have excess stress put through them, which can be damaging, and this is why it is crucial to seek a doctor’s advice as soon as symptoms of arthritis occur.
What does Arthritis Look Like?
Arthritis can cause edema (swelling) in the affected areas, along with red-ish skin. In acute cases, joints are misshapen, so much so, the affected area takes on a new shape resulting in a crooked finger or toe. Knobbly abscesses can contribute to the malformed appearance, these abscesses are the body trying to protect itself, as the joints wear down, the body attempts to regrow the bone, and it doesn’t always grow in the shape it once was. Another indication of arthritis is small mucous cysts that develop on the hands.
What does Arthritis Feel Like?
Initially, it is said to feel achy, similar to a burning sensation which comes and goes depending on your activity level. In the later stages, the pain tends not to subside and remains in the affected joints. Around affected joints, the skin may be warm to the touch due to inflammation caused by irritated joints. Joints tend to become stiff and seize up, which is why the NHS recommends exercise.
How can you Participate in World Arthritis Day 2020?
We are glad you asked, there are many ways you can support World Arthritis Day. You can raise awareness and spread knowledge through your family, friends and social media. You can participate in local healthcare organisation’s charity events, appeals or fundraisers. Perhaps you could start a fundraiser yourself or participate in a fun run.
One of the ways Tenura will be supporting World Arthritis Day is through our marketing channels. We will be posting helpful information all month regarding Arthritis and Tenura arthritis aids. You can learn more about Tenura arthritis aids through our blog.
We are also offering a special 10% discount on Tenura products that can be excellent adaptive equipment for people with arthritis in their hands and fingers. Type WAD10 at checkout.
The Tenura products that you can claim the 10% discount on are as follows:
Non-slip coasters and anti-slip mats provide a place to rest things such as mugs and plates, the silicone grips onto the objects which keeps them held in position. A person with arthritis may find these anti-slip mats to be helpful, as you can use them in conjunction with the silicone jar and bottle openers to open containers with one hand, allowing you to use the less arthritic hand.
Tenura Silicone Jar and Bottle Opener
Jar and bottle openers enable you to open containers with ease. Tenura silicone has grip-enhancing properties that allow you to get a firm grasp of lids. For a person living with arthritis, these openers can be a great help as pain, swelling, or other flare-up symptoms can make objects a struggle to hold.
Tenura Silicone Cutlery Grips
Arthritis can cause reduced movement in your hands and fingers that makes holding onto cutlery difficult. By sliding Tenura cutlery grips onto utensils, you no longer require the full motion used to clutch cutlery as the surface area is now greater.
Create bespoke arthritis aids using Tenura grip strips or rolls. You can cut Tenura silicone down to the size and shape required. Many of our customers who live with arthritis use the grip strips around handles of cupboards, pans, DIY and gardening tools, to mention a few. Tenura silicone is both a non-slip material and grip-enhancing, which is why it is perfect for use on handles, you can get a firm hold without the risk of things slipping out of your hands.
All the products listed above are made from Tenura silicone, which means they are:
- Antimicrobial (prevents bacteria harbouring)
- Washable by hand or dishwasher (withstanding temperatures up to 250°C)
- Non-toxic (safe to use in all environments)
To stay up-to-date with all the events and activities during World Arthritis Day 2020, you can follow the hashtags:
And follow us on our social media channels; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and don’t forget to tag us in your World Arthritis Day activities and claim the 10% discount to use on our website with the code WAD10.
Occupational Therapy Day will take place on the 27th of October 2020; it's an internationally recognised observance day that highlights the importance of hard work but also mental and physical wellbeing. This event celebrates the outstanding work of occupational therapists globally through their efforts to re-train and develop the human brain.
Tenura wants to say thank you to Occupational Therapists, and therefore, we are offering a 15% discount on the Tenura Kitchen Pack, an OT essential. Type in the discount code OTD15 at checkout.
What is Occupational Therapy?
A form of healthcare, occupational therapy (OT), is about rehabilitation via training and therapy; these techniques help patients attain the skills necessary for everyday life and to renter the workplace. Often a person requires OT if they have a physical or mental problem (impairment may be better than ‘problem’) that is currently impacting their life/ability to work.
The role of an occupational therapist is vast and includes developing everyday skills, like:
- Motor Skills (The action/movement of muscles – to walk, stand and balance)
- Life Skills (Cooking, cleaning and getting dressed)
- Social Skills (Handling rejection, rewards, and social interactions positively)
- Cognitive Skills (Problem-solving, decision making, and other brain-based skills)
- Coordination (Minimises the risk of injury while also promoting exercise)
People of all ages can seek an occupational therapist for several reasons. A person may need the help of an OT for help regarding birth injuries or defects, sensory processing disorders, autism, rheumatoid arthritis, and other such physical or cognitive difficulties.
To help patients, an OT may suggest you purchase certain types of occupational therapy equipment for the home. At Tenura, we have many home aids that can be beneficial to patients, for instance, the Tenura kitchen pack. Occupational therapy equipment for the home can range from small gadgets that help with menial tasks such as opening a jar, to larger disability aids such as grabrails and adaptive technology.
What is an Observance Day?
Observance days, also known as awareness days, are scattered throughout the year. United Nations General Assembly is one of a few organisations that creates the calendar, taking into account recent and historical events that need national or even global humanitarian reflection. We can all learn from our mistakes and successes for a positive future.
How Can you Participate in Occupation Therapy Day?
You can register to participate in the International Day of Occupational Therapy by arranging a volunteering activity. Over the years, there have been many ways to experience World OT day, including setting up information stands, television appeals, social media campaigns, all to spread the OT message. This year's message is to "Reimagine Doing" which reflects the actions OT community as they help and reimagine the best ways to assist the people in society who need it most.
Tenura has a special discount to help you celebrate Occupational Therapy Day 2020. We are offering a 15% discount on occupational therapy equipment for the home, specifically the Tenura kitchen pack, which contains three helpful aids for the elderly, disabled and other people who need assistance.
The Tenura Kitchen Pack Contains:
1 x Tenura Non-Slip Coaster
People who are seeking the advice of an occupational therapist may find this home aid very useful as it provides a helpful non-slip surface for resting objects you wish to remain in place as they won't get knocked over with ease.
1 x Tenura Silicone Bottle Opener
A silicone bottle opener can be especially useful for someone with disabilities such as Parkinson's, Arthritis or other hand impairments as it helps you to open bottles without the same level of stress in your muscles and joints.
1 x Tenura Silicone Jar Opener
Tenura's silicone jar opener is a larger version of the bottle opener, for use on bigger containers, but also on doorknobs, allowing you to get a firm grasp of the handle due to the silicone grip-enhancing properties.
You can stay on the pulse of the International Day of Occupational Therapy 2020 by following the hashtags:
You can also follow these awesome accounts on Twitter:
- @TenuraUK (For special OT discounts)
If you would like to claim 15% off the Tenura kitchen pack enter the discount code OTD15 at checkout before the end of October and don't forget to tag us in your OT day celebrations.
Videos are a great way to showcase products, which is why we have teamed up once again with MegMazeMedia to produce our latest installment, the Jar and Bottle Opener video. In this video, we explore uses for Tenura jar and bottle openers, you know, besides opening containers.
Sit, back, relax, and enjoy the show.
As you can see at the start of this video, Tenura jar and bottle openers are in our eco-friendly packaging, an initiative we are pushing across the whole Tenura daily living aid range.
We manufacture Tenura jar, and bottle openers from 100% antimicrobial silicone, which gives Tenura silicone many advantageous properties. Their primary use is likely within a kitchen, to open tricky jars and containers, which is why they are antimicrobial, meaning bacteria and germs can’t harbour on the surface, which is fundamental in areas that require a high level of hygiene. Another terrific benefit that follows on from them being antimicrobial is that no cost-saving additives such as phthalate plasticisers are in their construction, meaning they are also non-toxic.
For people living with conditions such as arthritis that can result in weakened hand strength, Tenura jar and bottle openers can be a simple yet effective daily tool. Their compact size means you can take them to your workplace or a restaurant, wherever you may need this helpful gadget.
Tenura Jar Openers
Jar Openers have many great uses. From the video, you can see they work well when turning doorknobs or other large containers that can be slippery or tough to open. Tenura silicone jar openers allow you to gain purchase on smooth surfaces. The following were excellent examples in the video:
- Twisting Doorknobs
- Opening Jars
- Opening large containers with twist-off caps
Tenura Bottle Openers
For smaller containers/objects, Tenura offers the silicone bottle opener. Having a smaller version of the jar opener can help you gain purchase on items like bottle tops. In the video, we explore some great uses for this Tenura product:
- Opening milk bottles
- Turning taps
- Opening pill bottles
- Opening small containers with twist-off caps
We hope you enjoyed watching Tenura’s video. You can see more of our product videos via our YouTube channel. Let us know in the YouTube comments section any innovative uses you have used your Tenura jar and bottle openers for, we hope to hear from you soon.
Cleaning a surface with IPA cleaner before applying Tenura bathroom stickers is the correct procedure to ensure long-lasting performance. Using our experience and knowledge gained from working within the industry since 1997, we have invaluable information to pass down to our loyal customer base, yes, that's right, you! In this blog post, we explain why IPA cleaner is essential when applying Tenura bath stickers.
What is IPA cleaner?
IPA cleaner, also known as Isopropyl Alcohol, is a disinfectant cleaner often used in medical environments. In our industry, we use it to remove grease and dirt from a surface before application. There are two variants, 70% and 99% IPA. Both are suitable for the application of Tenura non slip bath stickers.
Each has its uses; for instance, 99% IPA is fantastic for cleansing electronics due to its higher volume of alcohol, which evaporates quickly, avoiding damage to water sensitive components. 70% IPA cleaner contains 30% water. Research suggests that it is a better disinfectant, which is based upon the fact that water is a catalyst (accelerator) in this equation, the additional 29% water means the solution evaporates at a slower rate. Due to this, the solution remains on the surface for longer, destroying the growth of microorganisms.
How does IPA cleaner work?
IPA cleaner dissolves acids from the surface and with usual cleaning methods can remove contaminants such as dirt, grease and oil. These contaminants prevent anti slip bathroom stickers adhering to surfaces, in this case, bathtubs or shower trays.
Why use IPA cleaner?
Many people use cream-based cleaners to clean their bathtubs or shower trays. The main reason for non slip bathroom stickers failing is the use of cream-based cleaners before application. Cream-based cleaners often leave a powdery residue, which prevents the bathroom stickers adhesive from effectively bonding to the surface, causing them to fail. Using IPA cleaner correctly removes all contaminants from a surface, allowing the adhesive to achieve a strong bond. This is why IPA cleaner is the perfect choice for use in the application of anti-slip bath stickers.
Where can I buy IPA cleaner for bath sticker application?
There are many online shops where you can order IPA cleaner. We have rounded up top retailers selling IPA cleaner under £10!
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As you can see above, there are many forms of IPA cleaner, choose one that you are comfortable using. There are a few quantities to choose from as IPA cleaner has many uses, so this purchase is not solely for Tenura anti slip bath stickers. For instance, you can disinfect many surfaces in your home as it is safe to use on plastics and glass, which is crucial during this current pandemic.
How can I use IPA cleaner safely?
- You must make sure the room is well ventilated. It is essential as IPA cleaner contains alcohol, which gives off fumes that can be toxic. Ensure the room is ventilated, by opening windows and doors, allowing fresh air to enter.
- Please also note it is incredibly flammable due to the concentration of alcohol, so keep well away from flames, e.g. lit candles in your bathroom.
What are bath stickers?
Anti slip bath stickers are small pre-cut shapes that you can apply to your bathtub or shower to add non-slip properties. Tenura bath stickers are an essential daily living aid in any bathroom and can help everyone gain confidence by having a sure-footing when bathing. Tenura bath stickers come in two shapes (circles and strips) and two colours (transparent and white).
How do I apply anti slip bathroom stickers?
We have an in-depth blog that goes into detail to make sure your bath stickers are applied correctly for ultimate longevity. Read our blog post on "How to Apply Tenura Non Slip Bath Stickers".
IPA cleaner produces the best result, ensuring Tenura bath stickers adhere optimally. Now you know all about Tenuras top tip regarding the application of Tenura bath stickers! You can explore more innovative Tenura daily living aids via our products page and broaden your knowledge via the Tenura blog, so please subscribe.
All prices in the IPA cleaner table are correct at the time of publication
Glorious sunshine has filled our days so far and I am sure we can all agree that we wish this to continue through summer. If it does, Brits will all be on long walks, cycling and having fun in the sun. However, for some, being outside poses a new set of challenges, especially for the disabled or elderly. Tenura daily living aids can help the summer days go smoothly, so to showcase some brilliant applications Maze Web Media has curated a brilliant video. Please enjoy it.
When you are sat outside in your garden and enjoying a BBQ, there are plenty of Tenura daily living aids that can help.
Below is a list of products featured in the video and some great benefits:
Stretch Tenuras silicone CupCap over the top of any drinks container to add a waterproof barrier. This layer stops spills, keeps drinks fresher for longer and prevents debris from entering the container.
Add extra grip to a surface with grip strips and rolls. As you can see in the video, they work perfectly on BBQ utensils. Tenura grip strips and rolls are available in self-adhesive and non-adhesive versions in various colours and sizes. Explore product pages of Tenura anti slip strips and rolls to find the one that fits the job
Place bowls, plates and cups on a Tenura non-slip mat to avoid accidents such as breakages and spillages. Tenuras fun bright colours are perfect for summer and there are different mat sizes to suit all uses.
Jars, especially those that aren't open, can be a struggle. To avoid this, Tenura has produced the silicone jar opener. Tenuras silicone grips to the slippery lid with ease and reduces the strain put on muscles and joints. A perfect daily living aid for those who have arthritis.
If you have impairment to your grip strength, Tenura cutlery grips can be a great help. They add stability and a larger area to grasp, making eating more accessible and comfortable.
Adding Tenura bathroom stickers to the base of the kid's pool is genius. A neat idea making playtime safer.
Daily living aids to improve your summer and garden parties
There are things you can do to try and improve your well being and decrease the pain you may feel due to Arthritis. Staying active can help you to avoid stiffness in your joints and can also be a morale booster. Being out in the fresh air and underneath the warmth of the sun can provide many benefits for those who have Arthritis.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a condition that tends to affect those who are part of the older generation this is often due to the natural wear and tear of material within joints. It does affect all ages and often impacts those who have been incredibly active throughout their childhood. Injury or infection can also increase your chance of Arthritis. Having said that, you should still exercise but do so on a flat, low impact ground that can absorb some of the force through the joints and help out to avoid falls. This can mean that the protective tissue within the joints has been worn away. It is beneficial to help decrease your risk of Arthritis and there are also certain activities you can do to relieve symptoms related to Arthritis.
Why is sunshine helpful to people with Arthritis?
Getting plenty of sunshine has been linked to a decreased risk of autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis. This long-term condition affects the joints and often causes pain, swelling and stiffness. Sunshine helps the body to synthesise Vitamin D. Vitamin D keeps bones healthy and the autoimmune system working. The autoimmune system is responsible for fighting off infections/diseases. Sunshine for those who have Psoriatic Arthritis, they often see the clearing of patchy red skin associated with this condition. Psoriatic Arthritis affects some of those who have Psoriasis, which is a condition affected by the immune system. It is thought to be triggered by unusual immune responses and a sign of Psoriasis is red patches of skin near the affected joints.
Activities for people with Arthritis
There are all sorts of activities you can do in the sun. For people with Arthritis, it is important to keep in mind that pain may be experienced through some exercises, so it is essential to start slowly and get to know your bodies' limitations. You do not want to cause yourself further pain. Tenura has researched and found that the following activities reduce the risk of Arthritis and help improve the lives of those who have the condition.
Walking is an activity that can involve friends and family. You can visit new places and soak up the sunshine and fresh air. Walking is a great activity for people who have Arthritis, being sat still can cause the joint to stiffen up. Keeping muscles and tissue in the joints warm and limber and can allow the person to move easily without as much pain.
To make sure this is enjoyable and safe, you must wear trainers that fit and provide support for your ankle joints. A flat smooth surface such as a public footpath can also offer you more control over your movements and can help to avoid any accidental injury that could be caused. A walking stick or other daily living aids could be used to help you access more routes and offer an extra level of comfort and confidence. If you pair a walking aid with Tenura anti slip grip strips around the handle, additional comfort and support is offered and the handle will also have non slip properties.
Yoga is adaptable to each individual. As the body becomes comfortable with the movements, the person becomes more flexible and can gain a connection between the mind and the body. Yoga holds this connection at its core and it is said to help relieve and find the source of pain. It can also help you find ways to deal with the pain. The slow and calm breathing can be a source of pain relief and is a useful technique, according to Dr. Kolasinski, a Rheumatologist at the University of Pennsylvania. To make this a safe activity make sure you are wearing appropriate clothing, including trainers that offer ankle support. You may also want to invest in knee and elbow bands/braces that provide support too.
To reap the most benefits from yoga, you should focus on a mixture of muscle-strengthening exercises, flexibility exercises and balance exercises.
Cycling is an accessible activity for people with Arthritis as less strain is put through the joints due to the mechanical structure of a bike. These kinds of low impact activities are perfect for active people with musculoskeletal conditionals.
Explore the range of Tenura daily living aids to find products that can help you complete exercises with more stability and confidence. Many of the daily living aids can have a positive impact on your life and be a great Arthritis aid.
Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints, causing them to be inflamed. It can make simple tasks painful. Over 10 million people in the UK have Arthritis, which means that many people are affected both directly and indirectly. Arthritis can be seen in all ages; however, it is more common for the condition to occur in people over 40.
A person with this condition may have impairment to their strength as they have restricted movement, which can make grasping objects difficult. It can be painful and movement is limited due to inflammation. Arthritis commonly affects a person's spine, hands, hips or knees. We see that these joints are the most affected as they are the most used during a person's life. Parts of the structure at these joints wear down through common use. It is the cartilage that has become thinner. The cartilages roll in the joint is to avoid the bones rubbing together, so it acts as a protection layer.
Arthritis Month Discount Code
Many of our products can aid a person who has Arthritis and has many benefits. Tenura’s daily living aid range has many benefits. This includes being dishwasher safe (withstanding temperatures of 250°C) and Antimicrobial (which helps prevent the spread of bacteria such as E-coli).
Bottle Opener and Jar Opener
Tenura Bottle openers and Jar openers make for a nifty gadget. They make opening and closing both jars and bottles easier. The smooth silicone makes for a comfortable surface to grasp and has excellent gripping properties, which means when you use the opener to twist off lids, the silicone effortlessly grips on to the lid, making it easier. The Tenura Bottle and Jar openers help reduce the amount of pressure put through the joints when opening a container.
Tenura Coasters can be used in unison with the Tenura Bottle and Jar openers, so you can open jars one-handed, which can be helpful if the Arthritis affects one hand more than the other. Tenura Anti-slip Coasters can be used for drinks and other objects such as ornaments to keep them held in place. The silicone has anti slip properties, which means that when an object is placed on the coaster, it will provide friction even if it is knocked, which helps avoid spills and avoid injury.
Frequently, Tenura Floor mats are placed where a person goes from standing to a sitting position (or visa versa). It helps the user get a secure foothold, which aids them in standing. Often the mats are helpful for those who use a Zimmer frame, wheelchair or require additional help during sitting/standing such as those with arthritis in their knees. Tenura Anti-slip Floor mats can provide an extra level of confidence as the person moves.
Tenura Anti-slip table mats help as objects such as a plate remain in place. It can be beneficial for people with Arthritis as the pressure can be focused on the cutlery as the dish doesn't move whilst eating. When using the table mat/coaster in conjunction with the bottle opener, a person can twist off a lid, one-handed.
Arthritis Month Discount Code
To claim the 10% discount, use the code AMUK20 at checkout (The code will be valid for May). Enjoy our discounted Daily living aids and have a great Arthritis Awareness Month.
Follow the hashtags #Arthritis and #ArthritisMonth to stay up to date with the Arthritis Awareness Month campaign and share your own stories with others.
Other great blogs
Did you know it is also Mobility Month in May? You can read about Mobility Disabilities and how we are participating in the observances and how you can too.
Do you want to stay entertained during self isolation? We have some fun puzzles for you to complete in our Brain Trainer Puzzles blog.
In the UK, there are 13.9 million disabled people, which equates to more than 1 in 5. Of course, not all disabilities affect mobility and when people think of mobility disability, they tend to think of those who require a wheelchair. In the UK, less than 8% of the population require a wheelchair. Mobility disabilities could include impairment to your limbs or spine or another part of the body that affects movement, grip and strength.
Mobility Month Discount Code
To help support those who are affected by a mobility disability, we have created a 10% off discount code for you to use at checkout today. We hope the Tenura living aids we have selected for the discount can be of help to yourself or someone you are supporting who has a disability.
Living Aids for People with Mobility Disabilities
Jar and Bottle Openers
Tenura silicone jar openers and bottle openers help you twist-off lids on jars or bottles. They also reduce the strain put on muscles, which is essential for those who have impairment to their strength. Save 10% off with the discount code AMUK20 today.
Tenura coasters are small mats you can use for drinks and other objects such as ornaments to keep them held in place. The silicone has anti slip properties, which means that when an object is placed on the coaster it won’t move with ease even if it is knocked, it doesn’t slip, which helps you to avoid spills and avoid injury.
Frequently, we see the anti slip floor mats placed where a person goes from standing to a sitting position and visa versa. It helps the user get a foothold, which aids them in standing. Often the Tenura anti slip floor mats are helpful for those who use a Zimmer frame, wheelchair or require additional help during sitting/standing. It can provide an extra level of confidence as the person moves.
Tenura anti slip table mats help as objects such as a plate remain in place. It can be beneficial for people with mobility issues as the pressure can be used when eating with cutlery as the dish doesn’t move as they eat. When you use the anti slip table mat in conjunction with the bottle opener/jar opener a person can twist off a lid, one-handed.
Developments to Mobility for the Disabled
Game developers and console creators in the gaming industry are continually developing alternative products that are inclusive to those who have disabilities. There are many adaptive technologies available on the market and some that are in development. It is very encouraging and great to see as the world is getting more and more accessible for those with disabilities, which is important to their well being.
Making sure that someone with a mobility disability feels like they are being supported. More places in the UK are becoming accessible. A great guide to help people find places to visit is Euan’s Guide. This is a website that reviews events and locations in terms of their accessibility.
Technology is continuously developing to help those with disabilities. But for your day to day living the Tenura range can be a great help. That is why we have chosen to give you a 10% discount code for you to use at checkout today.
Caring for those with a Mobility
Training can be a great help when you are taking care of those who have a mobility disability. Of course, you can find lots of information on the internet, but make sure you use reliable sources such as the NHS website. Both allow you to develop knowledge of disabilities and how to address and help people who have limited mobility.
Mobility Month Discount Code
To claim the 10% discount, use the code AMUK20 at checkout (The code will be valid for the month of May). Enjoy our discounted living aids and have a great Mobility Awareness Month.
Follow the hashtags #DisabilityAwareness and #MobilityMonth to stay up to date with the Mobility Awareness Month campaign and share your own stories with others.
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As an alternative to the Self Isolation Activities: Stay Active blog. In this blog, we discuss the benefits of brain trainer puzzles on the brain and how some of the Tenura range can be a great living aid when passing the time with puzzles. We have created a downloadable PDF full of our favourite brain trainer puzzles for you to have a go at as well as some links to other sites where you can continue to train your brain.
Brain Trainer Puzzle Benefits
There can be many benefits to brain trainer puzzles. They are a great way to pass the time during self isolation. They can improve your working memory as many puzzles entail this skill, they make you think and require knowledge on topics you may not have at the forefront of your mind (Crosswords are a great example of this). Puzzles often get you to think logically, which can be beneficial when problem solving in the real world. A methodical approach can make problems seem easier as they can be broken down into a list of steps/rules (Sudoku is an excellent example of this).
Download Puzzles and Answers
At Tenura we have created a PDF with our favourite puzzles. There is also an answer PDF available to download. Please print off the puzzle PDF to have a bit of fun during self isolation.
Living Aids to help with Brain Trainer Puzzles
Tenura cutlery grips allow you to slide a pen into the opening to use as a writing or drawing aid. They provide the user with a larger area to grasp. It is important for anyone with an impairment to their strength of grip. The cutlery grips add weight to the pen, which can help give the user more control when writing.
Table Mat – Living Aid
Tenura silicone anti slip mats create a hold that will keep your puzzle book or paper in place. For those who have impairments to their strength or grip, you do not need to keep the puzzle in place with your hand.
Cup Holder – Drinking Aid
Stay hydrated during your puzzle time. A brew or cup of tea may be what helps you concentrate and if so, the Tenura Cup Holder can be an excellent drinking aid. With the larger surface area base, a drink is less likely to get spilled without the broader base is easier to knock and cause spillages, which in turn could cause injury such as burns.
.Good Brain Trainer Resources
Here are some other places that you can find more brain trainer puzzles:
- Newspapers and Magazines
- Puzzle books (order online as book stores aren’t currently open in the UK)
- Create your own
What is Parkinson’s?
Parkinson’s is the most common type of Parkinsonism, which is an umbrella term for nervous system disorders. The nervous system is made up of cells and nerves around the body and is used for the transmission of signals. Signals tell muscles and the body to behave in a certain way. When damage or nerve cell loss occurs, the transmissions are disrupted, leading to slow and abnormal movements.
It is unknown what causes the loss of nerve cells. Parkinson’s gradually develops and the first sign is often tremoring in the hands. Other symptoms follow and include slow movement, rigid muscles and impaired posture or balance.
What is Parkinson’s Awareness Week?
Parkinson’s Awareness Week will take place from the 5th to the 11th of April. It is not just about spreading awareness but educating people on the effect that Parkinson’s can have as it is a daily struggle and affects people’s quality of life. It affects one in every five-hundred people in the UK, which amounts to 145,000 people. Every hour in the UK, two people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s. A big part of the awareness week is the charity and fundraising side as this aids finding a cure.
Parkinson’s Aids and Discount Code
In addition to raising awareness, Tenura have released a discount code. The code (PAW20) can be used to redeem a 10% discount on selected daily living aids from the Tenura range that we believe can improve the quality of life for a person living with Parkinson’s disease. We have chosen the following products.
Tenura cutlery grips are a great kitchen aid. They allow a person with impairments to strength or grip, hold utensils with ease. The increased surface area of the handle enables a person with Parkinson’s disease to grasp cutlery and live a more independent life. A larger handle means less movement and mobility is required. A sign of Parkinson’s is that your writing style changes; it reduces in size due to it becoming uncomfortable to write and the reduction in mobility. Our cutlery grips offer comfort and aid in writing and eating.
Tenura Anti slip floor mat
Tenura Anti slip mats can be a great help to someone with Parkinson’s tremors. The tremors can make movement difficult. Having an anti slip mat on the floor when standing can be of help as it provides a level of confidence as well as a surface that allows them to have a firm foothold when standing.
Having hands that tremor uncontrollably can lead to spillages when drinking. Applying a CupCap to any can, glass or mug helps to keep the contents contained. By design, they are easy to use and perfect for the job. CupCaps are antimicrobial, thus helping to reduce the spread of germs.
A Tenura cup holder used in unison with a CupCap, gives a person with Parkinson’s the best chance at avoiding spillages and breakages. The Tenura cup holder provides an increased surface area to the base of any drink, making it stable and catches any drips. Tenura cup holders are easy to use and dishwasher safe (withstanding temperatures up to 250°).
Your mobility is affected by Parkinson’s disease which makes simple tasks, difficult. It also affects your muscles, making them rigid (stiff). These symptoms can make opening twist-off lids fatiguing. Tenura silicone jar opener allows the user to twist off lids on large containers effortlessly. The Tenura silicone bottle openers work for smaller containers but also aid with turning taps, doorknobs and opening pill bottles, as they are versatile.
Parkinson’s has the following symptoms (There are over 40 in total)
- Tremor (In hands, feet or legs)
- Slowed movement (Throughout the body and even affects facial expressions)
- Rigid muscles (Stiffness that leads to a lack of mobility)
- Impaired posture or balance (Affected by the latter symptom. Occurring in the late stages of Parkinson’s)
- Loss of automatic movements (Like blinking or smiling)
- Speech changes (The muscles in the face are affected which can make speaking tricky)
- Writing changes (The size of the writing decreases as the movement becomes increasingly uncomfortable)
If you believe yourself or a family member has Parkinson’s disease, talk to them and seek advice from a doctor or the NHS website. Daily living aids can be of help to those close to you and aid them in achieving an independent lifestyle.
Parkinson’s Awareness Week Discount Code
To claim the 10% discount, use the code PAW20 at checkout (The code will be valid all month). Enjoy our discounted living aids and have a great Parkinson’s awareness week.
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