hearing-helpSPOKANE, Wash. – Sometimes a simple tool to help put on a pair of socks or open a jar can keep the elderly or those with disabilities living independently in their own home longer.

Washington State University psychology and nursing students recently made a series of informational videos highlighting common tools that can assist people with everything from hearing, vision and remembering important tasks to daily duties such as cooking, dressing and using the bathroom.

The videos are available through the research project website ( by creating a simple online account.

Viewers are asked to consider participating in a survey to help the researchers understand why more people don’t use assistive technologies. After the survey period, access to the videos will be open to everyone.

Read more at http://cas.wsu.edu/connect/current/assistive-tech-aging.html and in the Spokesman-Review newspaper at http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/dec/22/tools-can-help-aged-keep-independence/.