Heading to a party?
Scope out the room.
“As soon as you walk in, look for a comfortable high seat,” says Shelley Peterman Schwarz, author of Arthritis: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier. “Climbing out of a low-lying sofa or chair will strain joints, especially knees. But before you sit down, take a look at the food being offered. This way, when someone asks if she can bring you a plate, you’ll be able to tell her exactly what you want.”