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We test gadgets to make your life easier

New research has shown that as we get older, we often struggle with losing our independence and doing simple tasks for ourselves, but what if we told you there are gadgets out there to make life easier?

Alice Beer brings us the latest handy gadgets, with two ‘experienced’ viewers testing them out for us, while Dr Chris shares his top tips.

Products featured by Alice


Magipull Tin Can Ring Pull Opener / £4.99 / LAKELAND

Paracity electric peeler / £16.99 / AMAZON

2 Jar Opener Lid Grippers / £2.49 / LAKELAND

Plug In Mates Pack of 4 / £6.29 / ARGOS


Universal Kettle Tipper / £23.00 / MANAGE AT HOME

Microwave Cookware - White Removable Plate With Handles / £4.79 / LAKELAND


Combi-Reacher - LONG / £4.45 / COMPLETE CARE SHOP

Shoe Horn / £6 / BLUE BADGE CO

Sock On Aid / £10 / BLUE BADGE CO

Getting out and about

3 Keys Turner / £3.99 / CLEARWELL MOBILITY

Ability Superstore Deluxe Swivel Seat 16-inch Diameter / £19.80 / AMAZON

Dr Chris recommends

Lifemax High Vision Reading Lamp / £19.99 / ALDI

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Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. We aim to do this by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people (aged 75+) who live alone, and volunteers within their local community, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month. Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same which means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship. Our tea parties are a real lifeline of friendship for our older members who have little or no contact with any family or friends. They bring people of all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone involved something to look forward to each month.

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