Hand function is crucial for maintaining independence for daily life activities. Hands perform countless small and large tasks each day – such as brushing teeth, raking leaves, pouring coffee, sewing, or knitting. Hand stiffness can make simple tasks overwhelming.
According to an article published in The Journals of Gerontology, hand function decreases with age in both men and women, especially after the age of 65.  The age-related challenges often relate to grip strength, and hand dexterity in the elderly population. Common conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis are factors in impaired hand function.
One easy and noninvasive way to help keep joints flexible, improve range of motion, and relieve arthritis pain is by doing hand exercises. The British Medical Journal published a study about how various stretches can help promote full hand function and range of motion. The study found that the participants with rheumatoid arthritis had improved hand function after practicing hand exercises.  Exercise and stretching can also help maintain joint movement, flexibility, and relieve stiffness.
Researchers used exercises such as:
 E. Carmeli, H. Patish, R. Coleman. The Aging Hand. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Vol 58. (2). February 2003. Pages N146-M152. Doi:10.1093/geronb/gbz146.
 Williamson E, McConkey C, Heine P, et al. Hand exercises for patients with rheumatoid arthritis: an extended follow-up of the SARAH randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open 2017; 7: e013121. Doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013121.