I admit that, in the past, when I thought of assistive devices and gadgets for people with arthritis, I tended to think of items that were essential to accomplishing activities of daily living -- activities such as cooking, grocery shopping, sewing, cleaning house, doing laundry, dressing, and grooming. I hadn't thought of the need for easy-to-use power tools until I was trying to put together some shelves I bought a few months ago. I knew the shelves were labeled "some assembly required" but I forgot how much difficulty I'd have using the screwdriver while holding the shelves in place.
Yes, I could have waited until I had help. I often have help available. But there is something to be said for trying to be independent and accomplishing it yourself. This time, I wanted the score to be Me 1, Arthritis 0. I went online and ordered a cordless screwdriver. It was delivered after a few days and I tackled my project -- successfully. Power tools are essential for helping women and men with physical limitations complete do-it-yourself home projects.