Arthritis can make cooking more challenging for older adults who live with the condition. Even the simplest of tasks can make it hard to hold onto things due to the pain and other physical limitations arthritis can cause. There are steps you can take to make cooking a little easier. From how you organize your kitchen to making use of adaptive utensils, we recommend these tips for cooking with arthritis:
- Organize your kitchen so the items you use most frequently are stored at eye level. This saves you from having to bend or stretch to reach the equipment and supplies you need.
- Consider storing flour, sugar and coffee in glass containers that have lightweight lift-off lids.
- If your arthritis is in your knees, ankles or back, find a stool that will allow you to sit and work at the kitchen island or counter instead of standing. It will help relieve the pressure on problem joints.
- The padding in a rubber mat can help prevent back and leg pain while standing at the stove.
- Purchase kitchen tools and equipment that is easiest to use. Electric can openers are kinder for arthritic hands than manual ones. A standing mixer left on the countertop may be less difficult to maneuver than a hand held mixer.
- Invest in adaptive kitchen utensils and dinnerware. Tools range from non-skid cutting boards to easy-to-grip knives and spatulas.
- While it might be less expensive to purchase supplies in larger quantities, it can make those items heavier to lift. Try to buy ingredients such as flour, sugar, and oil in smaller quantities or to divide them up in to smaller containers when you get home.
We are happy to answer any other questions you may have about living with arthritis. If you are interested in learning more about cooking and/or recipes please call us at (405)254-3046.