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.
Follow the hashtags #UniteForParkinsons and #WorldParkinsonsDay2020 to stay up to date with the Parkinson's Week campaign and share your own stories with others.
The Coronavirus is affecting everyone and everything globally but be assured: Tenura is still up and running. This means that we are contactable via customer services and we are manufacturing and delivering living aids worldwide.
We currently are offering our customers a discount code on our entire daily living aids range. You can redeem 10% off your purchase at checkout with the code COV19. We hope these aids can be a benefit to you or your loved one's life.
We are following all guidelines the government has been issuing over the past months. Many of our staff are currently working remotely to keep them safe and well during this trying time.
The Tenura range of daily living aids are treated with silver nitrate - this means that Tenura daily living aids are antimicrobial (microbes are small organisms such as bacteria). The silicone living aids range, along with good personal hygiene, can help protect you from the spread of microorganisms. Personal hygiene is always important, but during this Coronavirus pandemic, it is paramount. So you must wash your hands with soap and water and keep to social distancing guidelines. This Coronavirus needs to be taken seriously, and as time passes, people are putting in measures to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Daily living aids can be a massive help in the home, especially now many are isolated and spending the vast majority of their day inside. You do not want to be struggling with menial tasks when there are bigger things to think about. Our daily living aids range can make a big difference in the quality of life of those persons who require additional aid.
Helpful living aids to improve your home during isolation:
- Anti-slip grip strips are perfect for use around the home. They instantly transform any surface into an anti-slip surface allowing the user to achieve a firm grip, or, apply the strips by wrapping them around the handle of any handheld items. A great example is on the handles of cooking equipment, such as pans.
- Part of the Tenura range makes for great eating aids. Our antimicrobial table mats can help to stop the spread of disease, as well as keep plates and other crockery stable, leading to fewer breakages and spillages at mealtimes. Our bottle openers and jar openers can also be of help, making removing lids easy for all. Tenura cutlery grips are perfect for those who have impairments to strength of grip. The widened handles and comfortable silicone make them a great addition to any mealtime.
- Our drinking aids include the Cup Holder and the CupCap. The Cup Holder provides a firm, stable base for any drink. The increased surface area keeps the drink stable, and all drips are caught in the base of the Cup Holder. The CupCap is a silicone cover that is easy to apply to the rim of any drink container such as a glass, mug or can. This stops debris, and other contaminants entering the drink but also prevents the liquid from escaping if knocked over.
We are offering you a unique discount code to redeem on our site to save 10% on the Tenura living aid range. They can be of great help to all, simply redeem the code COV19 at checkout.
It is, of course, very important that we see if there is anyone in our neighborhood or through local services we can be of help to. Those who are elderly or live on their own will be struggling through this in solitude. Please see if there is anyone you know you can help out. This may be as simple as picking up some shopping for them or participating in a local helpline for those who are vulnerable during this period. We all have to work together to get over this pandemic.
For those who distribute and resell the Tenura living aid range, you can take advantage of our dropshipping service. Dropshipping is a simple solution for companies that have a limited amount of storage. You can purchase our daily living aids products and have them stored at our warehouse. As an order is placed on your e-commerce site, send us the relevant details via email so we can ship the requested living aids out to the customer on your behalf.
For the next three weeks (27th March - 19th April), you can redeem the discount code COV19 to save 10% on Tenura daily living aids. All orders over £50 are eligible for free shipping (mainland UK only).