As we age, our reflexes slow and our ability to move around can become more difficult, or in some cases can put us at risk for falls. Beyond the physical aspect of mobility problems, there are also social and psychological issues. When a person suffers from mobility issues, they are unable to get around as they normally have in the past, this can cause social and psychological issues beyond the physical issues already in place.
According to a review in the September, 2013 issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), Researchers viewed dozens of mobility studies published over years. From this review, they found common risk factors that lead to the loss of mobility are: older age, low physical activity, obesity, strength or balance impairment, and chronic diseases such as diabetes or arthritis.
There are some online tests you can check out with a loved one. However, if you are unsteady you should avoid trying anything at home and should talk to your family medical provider. The most important thing is to recognize the issue and seek help.
From physical therapy to mobility devices, there are steps you can take to help with mobility issues. Limiting social interaction as you age can cause depression, feelings of isolation and can contribute to memory loss and other medical issues. Recognizing the problem and working toward a solution can help to limit some of these problems.
We noticed our loved one shuffling more than walking. She was getting caught on the carpet transitions and almost fell twice during a single visit. It wasn’t easy to watch such a proud woman struggling with changes she couldn’t control.
We spoke to her physician who recommended physical therapy at home. She was taught proper mechanics and given a walker for stability. It made all the difference in the world.
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