Contemporaneous cushions are becoming a popular choice among U.S. residents in the United Kingdom.
And they’re now getting a little pricier.
The latest news in health care: A new study finds Americans spend more than $50 billion on cushioned cushions annually.
“This is a trend we’ve seen in our history,” says Paul Pfeifer, professor of occupational medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
“Cushion use in the U.M.S.,” he says, is on the rise, which is good news for Americans who have to be indoors all day.
“These are cushions that are comfortable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear.”
There are three types of cushions: a synthetic cushion, a natural one, and a foam one.
Synthetic cushions have been around for decades, but the foam ones are becoming more popular.
These are manufactured from plastic and can be made with many materials.
They’re designed to hold people in place, and they have cushions made of various materials, from foam to leather to paper.
Some are also covered in silicone.
“We have an increasing number of people who use them as part of their routine,” says PfeIFER.
The problem, says PFEIFER, is that they don’t last as long as natural cushions.
They may last for up to five hours or longer, and some are designed for long-term use.
Pfeifer says it can be hard to find cushions to suit the needs of elderly Americans.
And he’s not alone.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 70 million Americans are over the age of 65 and need care.
PFEIFFER says that while the popularity of cushion use is good, he worries that Americans are going to spend more on cushion purchases.
“They’re going to buy cushions, but we’re going have to get them out of our homes and into the community, and then we’re probably going to have to start putting them out in the streets,” he says.
So what’s going on?
It’s not just the synthetic cushions and the foam that have people worried about aging.
There are other reasons to be worried about cushion usage, says Katherine Krieger, president of the American Society for Anesthesiology.
She says cushions can make breathing more difficult for people with chronic health problems, especially asthma.
“It’s hard for people to breathe on their own,” she says.
KrieGER says people need to be able to sit up and move around without the use of their hands, but some people can’t.
So, for those people, there may be a need for artificial cushioning.
And if that’s not possible, there’s a good chance that someone will buy them.
“The best thing you can do for the elderly is to get the right cushion,” KrieER says.
And people will probably buy them for the price they would pay for a natural cushion, says Dr. David Shuster, a professor of geriatrics at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
“I think it’s going to be very, very difficult to convince people to buy a natural cushion.”
But people should keep in mind that there’s always a catch.
“In the case of an allergic reaction, it’s very important that the person who is allergic is wearing the appropriate protective equipment, and there’s no reason to believe that they are going through an allergic response,” says Shuster.
He says people should only wear protective gear if they are certain they are comfortable wearing it, and not wear anything else.
And as for the costs, Shuster says it’s hard to say whether artificial cushions will be affordable.
But if the new study is any indication, he thinks it may be something that will be cheaper.
“A natural cushion might be worth the money,” he explains.
“But it may not be worth as much.”