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Monthly Archive:: July 2015

5 Little Known (But Easy) Ways to Stay in Shape

Staying in shape helps everyone, including people with mobility issues, reap important physical and mental benefits. It can help you build strength and stamina, prevent loss of bone mass, improve your balance and heart health, and relieve stress. Staying in shape also helps reduce depression, prevent memory loss, and may even slow the progression of

3 signs your dad needs a cane.

Walking canes can be a great benefit to older adults who are starting to lose strength and balance, but sometimes, especially when dealing with a father, getting your parent to admit to the need for a cane is challenging. Here are some signs to watch for that may indicate it’s time to start the conversation

Is a heart rate monitor right for you?

In this day and age, getting older doesn’t mean what it used to given the many medical advancements and increased knowledge of how to take care of your body. Fading eyesight and weakening leg muscles can be augmented by therapy and walking canes, while you start a physical therapy program to get back to full strength.

A cane that defies gravity?

Walking sticks have been used to improve stability at least as far back as Biblical times and probably long before then. As time has passed, the design of walking sticks has changed in both form and materials. At one time, walking sticks were made of cane, which is where the nomenclature originally derived from. Now,

The Shocking Truth About Folding Canes

When shopping for canes, many people choose one that folds.┬áFolding canes typically either telescope or fold to take up less room. This can make a┬áfolding cane very convenient for travel when the cane needs to fit in luggage, a glovebox, a purse, or across someone’s lap. But┬ámany buyers don’t know that a poorly constructed┬áfolding cane

What in the world is an “all-terrain cane”?

Most cane users grow accustomed to walking with a standard cane. YouΓÇÖve seen it beforeΓÇöitΓÇÖs essentially a staff made from metal or wood with a hook for a handleΓÇöand itΓÇÖs wildly inefficient. While the words ΓÇ£all terrainΓÇ¥ might conjure up images of dune buggies or extreme sports, having an all terrain cane is an absolute

Don’t Buy Another Cane Until You Read This

A recent study in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society has found that among the one-quarter of Americans who use mobility devices such as wheelchairs, canes, and walkers, those using canes had a much greater fear of falling than other users. This fear is cited despite the fact that users of old fashioned canes fall

5 Bad Exercise Habits That Cost You Your Mobility

There is no disputing the value of physical activity. It helps with weight control, combats diseases, boosts your energy level and improves strength, balance and endurance. As a sum, the benefits of exercise add up to improved mobility. Until they don’t.  While exercise is good for you, it also needs to be done properly to

Mom refuses to use a cane? Try this.

ItΓÇÖs never easy to see age take a physical toll on a parent or loved one. Oftentimes, physical and mental aids are met with resistanceΓÇöusually stemming from fear or denial of oneΓÇÖs current state of well-being. This is especially true when being faced with using a walking cane for the first time. Perhaps Mom has

Afraid of falling? Why a walking cane may be right for you.

Falls are┬áhazardous for anyone, but┬áexperts warn that falling is disastrous for the┬áelderly. Every year in the US, nearly half of┬ápeople over 65 suffer a fall. This can be devastating–in 2012, nearly 735,000┬áwere hospitalized from falls and┬á24,000 died.┬áWalking canes provide instant independence and stability if youΓÇÖre recovering from an illness┬áor leg injury, or dealing with a