Features November 2005 Issue

Writing Aids Give You A Hand

Holders and pens offer you a less-stressful grip, while other devices can help you type once again.

Though computer keyboards are everywhere, sometimes there’s nothing like the feel of a pen or pencil in your hand as you jot a note, make a list, write a thank-you note, or take on the daily crossword puzzle—as long as your fingers and wrist are up to the task.

Arthritis can make it difficult to hold a pen or pencil with a steady grip, and can cause discomfort with extended use. However, keyboard designers aren’t the only ones to have come up with creative ways to ease the strain on hands and fingers. Several makers of assistive devices now offer writing aids that claim to provide similar relief.

Here’s a look at five such writing aids.