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Find new ways to do things

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HealthWiki > A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities > Chapter 13: Growing older with a disability > Find new ways to do things

The changes that come with growing older may mean you will need to find new ways to do things and to get other people to help you. And you may need to use more aids, like a hearing aid, a walking stick, or a wheelchair. As you feel your body begin to change, start now to find the best way to do things. Knowing what to expect can help you take better care of your body and continue to remain as healthy as possible as you grow older.

Seek assistance

If you find it is getting harder to do certain things, such as eating, bathing, dressing, or getting up from lying down, show or explain to friends, family members, caregivers, and to others you trust how they can help you. You might also arrange to have a relative or friend come to live with you. For her assistance, the person will get a place to live.

If you find you are forgetting things, it may help to make a list of the things you want to do each day, and cross them off when they are done. Or each day talk with your family members about things you want to do that day so they can remind you of them.

an older, blind woman speaking to a young man holding a book.
Thank you, Antar, for reading to me. My hands are so twisted now, it's very hard for me to read anything in Braille.