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Take trouble out of the kitchen

You can keep your cool factor and make life easier by installing touchless faucets that turn on when you wave your hands in front of them. Delta and Brizo also make touch faucets that can be turned on and off by touching the handle or the spout.

The new faucets are handy for many users, including moms carrying children or gardeners with dirt on their hands. But they’re also great if you’re getting arthritis, Peterson says.

“It’s a change you can feel good about, and it’s a lot easier and convenient,” she says. The faucets are pricey, however; some cost as much as $415.

Induction cooktops (Bing: What are they?) offer another high-tech way to update your kitchen while improving safety, says Danise Levine, an architect who specializes in universal design at the University of Buffalo’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access. These stoves heat special pots and pans made of ferromagnetic metal. When you remove the cookware, the surface stops working, and the stove is not as hot. That decrease your chances of burning yourself or accidentally leaving the stove on. But they sell for about 30% to 50% more than traditional stoves.

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