Why is Maintaining Mobility Important?
Mon, Jun 6th, 2022
As people age there usually comes a time when mobility can become difficult. It can be painful to walk or stand for long periods of time, and many seniors find themselves using mobility aids such as canes or walkers. Despite these issues, it’s important for seniors to maintain their mobility for as long as possible.
There are a number of reasons why staying mobile is so important for seniors. For one thing, mobility aids such as canes and walkers can help prevent falls, which can lead to serious injuries. Additionally, maintaining mobility helps keep seniors independent to be able to take care of themselves. Finally, staying mobile helps keep seniors active and engaged in life, which has been linked with better mental health and a longer lifespan.
Ways To Overcome Mobility Challenges
Of course, there are challenges that come with trying to stay mobile as you age. However, there are also a number of ways to overcome these challenges. in addition to using mobility aids such as canes or walkers, there are a number of exercises that can help improve mobility, and many seniors find that regular physical activity helps them maintain their mobility. Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
If you notice mobility is getting more difficult it is best to talk to your doctor to see if physical therapy may be right for you to help build, balance, strength and endurance. Many times, there are underlying issues such as weak muscles, inflexible joints, or poor balance that can be addressed to help improve mobility.
How To Remove the Stair Mobility Obstacle?
If stairs have become an obstacle for you, there are things that can be installed in your home to take the obstacle away such as:
- A stair lift - A device that can be installed inside or outside to help you go up and down the stairs
- A ramp - An inclined surface that helps you avoid having to use the stairs
- A vertical platform lift - A device that can lift you and your rollator or wheelchair up to 14' so you don't have to use the stairs. Can be installed inside or outside.
- A railing – Provides a stable rail to hold onto when walking up and down the stairs. Can be installed on one side or both sides of the stairs.
If you have any questions about mobility, be sure to talk to your doctor. They will be able to help you determine what mobility aids or exercises would be best for you, and can also help address any underlying mobility issues.
In conclusion, it’s important for you to do everything you can to maintain mobility. There are a number of benefits to staying mobile, and there are a number of ways to overcome the challenges that come with trying to stay mobile as you age. With a little effort, you can enjoy all the benefits that come with maintaining mobility so you can continue to live your best life as independently as possible as the years go by.
Contact Bell House Medical if you would like more information on ways, we can help you maintain mobility in your home or to schedule an installation.