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Best Lightweight Cookware For The Elderly

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Maria Garcia
• Friday, 13 November, 2020
• 9 min read

Rachel Ray’s cookware offering boats plenty of extras plus a lovely design featuring rustic colors. It’s a functional 12-piece set with dual-riveted rubberized stainless steel handles and glass lids that are shatter-resistant.

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Has a visually appealing Scot-free espresso color Non-stick for better food extraction Rubberized stainless steel handles and shatter-resistant glass lids Made of durable materials Oven safe to high temperatures The triple layers Granite Stone have put into their product means it’s sturdy and thicker than the average cookware set but isn’t too heavy.

Weighing in at 14.75 pounds total, this lightweight cookware set is easy to carry as a single unit or as individual pots and pans. Large hardened stay-cool steel handles make it easy to grasp and manage.

So if you’re in the market for a full kitchen’s worth of pots and pans, opt for the 12. As you’d expect from a leading brand name, these sets are long-lasting and can be passed on to future generations.

This set features boil-over inserts that prevent messy spills while cooking and which, in turn, allow you to multitask like a master chef. The 10-piece set doesn’t skimp on lids and the non-stick coating is reliable, even after multiple uses.

The pots and pans have measuring marks, tempered glass lids mean you can see your food, and the pour spouts and handles stay cool while cooking. Clifton’s set is oven safe to 450 degrees and you can use it on gas, glass, halogen, and electric stoves.

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Made from hard-anodized aluminum Convenient features like integrated strainers, pour spouts, and measuring marks Handles stay cool while cooking Easy to clean non-stick surface Cool handles on inserts allow removal without touching the pot. The light aluminum construction is paired with thicker and longer handles than most sets.

Safe in the dishwasher so no scrubbing needed Durable non-stick coating for easy cooking and cleaning Aluminum construction is strong but light Four different sets/configurations available so versatility is a plus here If you are looking for a good budget ceramic option, this 7-piece set by Neoplasm has you covered.

Getting older doesn’t mean giving up the things you love, such as al fresco cooking! Super lightweight at just three pounds, you’ll have no issue moving this set from your camper to the fire.

Handles get hot and require a potholder Detachable handles have to be moved from pot to pot, not ideal for people with arthritis or those with grip issues (See also electric can opener for people with arthritis) A lightweight cookware set that comes with ergonomic handles offers the possibility for seniors to keep an independent life.

While choosing a set for yourself or as a gift for someone else, it is always advisable to be informed as to which features you should look for to ensure safety and suitability. The different configurations of the set Cost Quality of the handles Which appliances are safe for use with the cookware.

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Take note of the number of configurations a set has and choose the one that fits your needs. As we said before, there’s no need for oodles of pots and pans languishing in the back of your cupboards and attracting dust.

Likewise, make sure the set you choose has the exact pots you use frequently. A lightweight cookware set that meets your specific needs is always worth paying a little extra for.

Also, take note of their sizes for better grasp and the mobility levels required to safely handle the cookware. If you have painful joints and grasp problems, pick a set that is easy to grip, perhaps even one with handles long enough to support the width of both your hands.

The material of cookware also gives you valuable hints as to its durability and longevity. They come in different types of configurations, are safe for most appliances and, perhaps best of all, are pocket friendly considering what’s included.

Having the right kitchen tools, though, can make cooking easier and help you keep your independence. The Cookware Set from Equal Parts comes with 4 lightweight pan options plus 2 lids and is available in 5 different colors including bold red or basic cream.

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In addition to being a lighter cookware option, equal parts has also made their cookware with a natural non-stick ceramic coating that is free from lead and synthetic coatings like Teflon. You can also buy each piece separately if you don’t want a full set.

Users rave about these pans online Large, ergonomic handles Can be used on most stove tops and ovens Teflon and FOA free non-stick surface It is Teflon, FOA, and lead free and can be used on gas and electric stoves (not induction though!).

The handles are smooth and thick and ergonomically designed to make the pans easier to lift and manage. Lima cookware from Greenspan is available in several multi-piece configurations as well as in individual pieces.

Made of lightweight cast aluminum, these pots, pans, and lids are durable and offer great heat dissipation. This is my choice for the bestlightweightcookware set for the elderly because of its light construction and extra large handles.

This set is designed for campers and backpackers but can easily be used indoors at home too. Because of this grasping motion, this set of pots and pans is not the best choice for people with arthritis.

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This is probably my favorite feature out of both of these picks Integrated pour spout Dishwasher safe You’ll need other lightweight kitchen tools as well, like a frying pan.

These should have big handles for arthritis sufferers, and ideally, they should have some sort of nonstick coating so that they’re easy to cook with and clean off. For seniors who are used to cooking with cast iron, check out this lightweight fry pan from Greenspan.

Any or all of these conditions cause hand and arm weakness and poor grip strength. For example, going from a full size, cast iron skillet to an 8 sauté pan will cut the weight considerably.

Chances are you or your loved one aren’t cooking big meals any way. So, choose pots and pans that are made of lighter weight materials like aluminum or carbon steel.

Some of these light pans will have metal disks on the bottom that improve heat distribution while cooking. But, they are not the main consideration if lifting the pan or gripping the handle causes you pain.

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Long, skinny handles are more difficult to grip for some seniors and elderly people. Look for thicker handles that are ergonomically curved to fit the closed grip of a hand.

Not just to reduce the weight but to make the pan easier to manage and clean too. Another substitution could be using a 1 quart sauce pan instead of a large, Dutch oven sized pots for liquids.

Reader’s Digest suggests that cast iron, titanium, anodized aluminum, copper (for most people), 100% ceramic (not ceramic coated), and glass cookware are safe to use when used properly. The Today Show covered this issue, and they report that manufacturer’s now bond Teflon to pans better than the past so it is less likely to flake off.

A possible concern is dangerous fumes if the pan gets too hot (600 degrees or higher). If you are still concerned about Teflon, they suggest cast iron or carbon steel cookware for non-stick cooking.

Seniors and elderly people need to maintain their independence as long as possible. Providing the right tools in the kitchen improves their ability to safely prepare their own food.

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