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The benefits of mobility aids for the aging and the injured

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Mobility aids can be invaluable if aging has affected your mobility or you have been injured. From canes to walkers to wheelchairs, there are many devices available to help you.

The mobility aid that’s best for you depends on your particular physical issues. If you find it difficult to walk or balance due to pain or weakness on one side of your body, a cane may help, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. A walker can give you support if you feel unsteady on your feet. If you need more assistance, a wheelchair can help.

Any stigma around using a mobility aid is outweighed by the following benefits:

It can help prevent falls

A mobility aid such as a cane can help provide much-needed safety and stability that can help you avoid taking a fall. Falling is by far the leading cause of senior hospitalizations. A fall at any age certainly isn’t fun, but for seniors, it can pose a significant risk.

One in three adults age 65 and older fall each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This increases their risk of hospitalization and can lead to mobility issues. Seniors who fall often have trouble living independently, and it increases their risk of early death.

It will help you maintain autonomy

If you need some help with mobility, you may not always have someone available to help you. Even when you have someone to help, you don’t want to feel dependent on them or as though you’re inconveniencing them.

As long as you have your mobility aid, you won’t have to wait for someone to help you get around and can do what you want on your own schedule. You’ll be able to live a more independent lifestyle.

They are more user-friendly than ever before

You might not have an accurate picture of mobility devices. A cane doesn’t have to be an unyielding, stiff piece of material that falls over when it’s not being used. The HurryCane®, for example, can stand on its own and has a pivoting base for improved stability.

Many people who might benefit from mobility aids are reluctant to use them. Don’t hesitate to use one to help you. Such a device can give you many benefits, from safety to independence, with no downside.

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