Choosing the Right Pillow for Senior Citizens

We have all grown up listening to our elders telling us the importance of maintaining a good posture. However, due to different reasons, whether it is the nature of our work or lifestyle habits or plain ignorance, we tend to make a mess of our bodies as we grow older.

With ageing comes an entire range of physical problems – backaches, weak spines, unstable lower body, hip injuries, neck problems, lower back pain and whatnot. And that, in turn, calls for remedies and aids for the effective management of these problems.

While the general aim should be to keep your body and spine as straight as possible, for senior citizens, it is slightly different. For the elderly, the body needs to be in an always-aligned and neutral position.

This is where the products that you use become so very important in the effective management of any preexisting conditions and preventing any potential damage to essential body parts such as the back and the neck.

Understanding different types of pillows and their usage

Pillows have been in use since centuries and are common in Indian households, hotels and old-age homes, but using the ‘wrong’ kind of pillow can prove to be harmful in the long run.

No matter how soft and comfortable that pillow on the king-sized bed in your hotel room looks and feels, it is not right for you. On the flip side, the extra-hard ones are not great either. This buying guide has been written to give you the complete lowdown on what types of pillows and cushions are ideal for your body and can be used at different places – beds, office chairs, couches and even while travelling!

And believe it or not, but manufacturers and brands have gone a step ahead and even designed a few that can help relieve muscle spasms, aches, bedsores and several other problems.

Here is a look at some varied options that you can choose from, depending on your needs (or condition):

  1. SLEEPING - You might have worked hard all your life, pulled off all-nighters and woken up early in the morning to make the most of your day – all in the hope that you will one day get old and live a relaxed life, where sleep will be the priority. Unfortunately, the elderly generation and sleep do not go hand in hand in most cases. Whether it is muscle spasms, cervical issues, postural problems or neck pain, sleep is elusive amongst senior citizens. What’s more – using poor pillows and cushions can make these conditions even worse.  Hence, it is vital that you use a pillow that is designed to deliver a peaceful slumber.

 

New Contoured Memory Foam Pillow

Vissco is amongst the top brands known for its range and quality of daily living aids and products. From this company comes another gem – the New Contoured Memory Foam Pillow. Available in a universal size, the pillow helps you maintain the cervical curvature and return to a normal position in a matter of seconds. The pillow moulds to the body’s shape (neck anatomy), thus distributing the weight evenly in response to the pressure you put on it naturally. The memory foam relaxes your neck and upper back muscles and provides relief to those suffering from conditions like cervical spondylosis, postural pain or spasmatic muscles.

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Slim Sleeper Pillow – The White Willow

Prefer soft, lightweight and slim pillows? This regular-shaped pillow is made of visco-elastic memory foam (high in viscosity and density) and moulds perfectly to the shape of your body. It comes with an elegant, striped cover made of polyester fabric, however, you can remove it and use your regular pillow covers if you like. The pillow’s hypoallergenic and anti-microbial properties ensure that you get a good night’s sleep.

 

Sleep Buddy Pillow 02 – Star

Relieve the stress on your head, upper back, neck and shoulders and keep your upper body in a great position while you sleep with the Sleep Buddy Pillow 02 by Star. Luxurious and specially designed to provide ample support your muscles prone to aches while you sleep, this highly breathable pillow uses thermo-regulating cooling gel technology to deliver a cool and pleasant feeling through the night. The contour pillow has been crafted to allow even distribution of weight and easy capturing and diffusion of heat.

 

  1. RELAXING

Designer Neck Pillow – Star

Star brings to you a great blend of relaxation, innovation and entertainment with its ultramodern pillow that comes equipped with built-in speakers and pockets to house your music player or phone. Relax your tense neck muscles after a long day with this squeezable, stretchable and lightweight pillow. Its ergonomic U-shaped design fits around the neck easily and promotes blood circulation while also relaxing your muscles. A key highlighting feature of this product is that it allows you to listen to your favourite music while you comfort yourself, whether you are sitting at home, in your garden, in office, or even in your car while traveling.  

Vibrating Neck Massage Pillow – Viaggi

Say hello to your new travel buddy! The vibrating pillow has been specially designed to be versatile so you can use it while traveling or even at home or at the workplace. It consists of micropearls with fleece on one side and nylon spandex on the other and its vibrating effect helps release muscle tension almost immediately. Made of a soft shell and available in grey colour, you can order this massage pillow online from Seniority.

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  1. SEAT CUSHIONING

Gel Coccyx Seat Cushion – Pedder Johnson

Those suffering from tailbone injuries find it tough to be seated on regular chairs or seats. This SOI Gel Coccyx Support Seat Cushion is gel based, making it ideal for such individuals. Its gradient wedge shape (tapered front part) and coccyx cut out for the tailbone allows you to sit comfortably for hours together without any uneasiness and promotes good posture. It has a unique polymer gel molecular composition which makes it durable and better in comparison to foam or spring-based cushions. The cushion has a convenient handle and is very lightweight, making it extremely portable.

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Coccyx Cushion

Cool Seat Pad – Star

This beautiful little cushion never loses its shape! The comfortable seat pad has heat-absorbing gel, enabling you to feel at ease wherever you sit. Designed to deliver optimal support to the tailbone, sciatic nerve, coccyx and lower back, the Cool Seat Pad is portable and flexible, too. You need neither refrigeration nor electricity to activate the cooling – it happens automatically through your body heat.

 

  1. BACK SUPPORT

Back Support Pillow with Vibration – Star

This good-looking multipurpose pillow has a gentle vibrator with two speed adjustments and is made up of high-density foam so you can get rid of pain and fatigue. Extremely versatile, this pillow can fit any chair or sofa snugly. The pillow comes with a car plug and a power adaptor.

 

Cooling Gel Lumbar Support Pillow

Looking for some extra support for your spine? Prolonged sitting can have adverse effects on your lower back – say goodbye to sweaty shirts, backaches and stiff muscles with this pillow made of memory foam and a layer of cooling gel. The memory foam adjusts to the contour of your back and the cooling gel ensures that you stay cool during hot days.

 

  1. MULTIPURPOSE CUSHIONS

4-in-1 Half Moon Multi Use Memory Foam Pillow – The White Willow

We have just the right thing for senior citizens! The neck, back, legs, shoulders – it all hurts when you have a bad night’s sleep. This 4-in-1 pillow is just what you need; it eliminates the need for different types of pillows. You can simply use the same pillow in four different ways – as a neck pillow, lumbar pillow, wedge pillow or even a knee pillow. Made of visco-elastic memory foam, its half moon shape makes it adaptable for different uses.

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Apart from the ones mentioned above, Seniority also houses a wide assortment of orthopaedic travel neck pillows, lumbar support pillows, back rests and other foam and gel-based cushions and pillows you can choose from.

Check out our variety of daily living aids and order your preferred pillow online now!    

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