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What are Assistive Devices for the Elderly?


Updated October 30, 2012


An assistive device is any tool, machine, or piece of equipment that can help a person with a disability, or difficulty, perform a task more easily. They are sometimes grouped under the title "assistive technology".

In the case of older people with limited mobility or other physical challenges, assistive devices may include a walker, a hearing aid, a telephone equipped with larger, easy-to-read numbers, foam holders to make cutlery easier to handle, or a plastic seat for the shower.


Assistive Devices. US National Institutes of Health Medline Public Information Sheet. Accessed October 30, 2012.

Assistive Technology. US Department of Health and Human Services Public Information Sheet. Accessed October 30, 2012.

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