Getting Past the Stigma of Canes and Walkers


For many older adults, losing their independence is extremely upsetting. As we age, many activities we did with ease when younger become more difficult and, potentially, dangerous. Something as simple as walking can be a significant challenge.

Difficulty walking often leads to falls—2.3 million adults 65 years and older have falls—which leads to injuries and hospitalizations. Falls can be causbus 5ed by medication side-effects, past injuries, loss of balance and other issues.

One way to lessen the chance of falls is to use a cane or walker. The inherent problem with using either, but especially a walker, is the loss of independence. Nevertheless, it’s important for caregivers and healthcare providers to discuss the advantages of these mobility aids and gently encourage their use.

In general, walkers provide more stability than canes. With a cane, you’re already leaning toward one side or the other, which exacerbates balance issues with someone who already has difficulties.

Another issue is convenience, especially with walkers. Caregivers may need to purchase one walker for inside the house and another for use outside. Your love one will want to try out different types of walkers to ensure the one purchased is comfortable and easy to use.

In addition, there are many unique designs for mobility aids. We’ve found a few and posted them to the InnovAge Pinterest page.

Lisa Price_2014_SmLisa Price, M.D., is an aging expert and lead medical director at InnovAge

 

 

 

This InnovAge blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical needs.

One thought on “Getting Past the Stigma of Canes and Walkers

  1. Traxx Mobility Systems August 1, 2014 / 10:14 am

    Reblogged this on A BETTER PATIENT LIFT and commented:
    Don’t make life any tougher, use mobility aids to help you get up and out.
    ” …it’s important for caregivers and healthcare providers to discuss the advantages of these mobility aids and gently encourage their use.”

    Like

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