Those who are buying a walker for the 1st time are often forced to choose between style, features, or durability. This can make purchasing a walker stressful and frustrating. If you or a loved one is at the time of life when a walker has become a necessity, be sure that the walker you choose meets these 5 criteria.
Scammers often target seniors because 1.) Many seniors have accumulated a considerable amount of money, and 2.) Seniors are often less up-to-date on current financial scams. So in an effort to educate, here are 5 of the most common financial scams seniors should watch out for.
“I’m getting older but I’m not getting old,” says Hildegard Gigl (pronounced “giggle”), a 99 year old fitness instructor. All the members of her fitness group are 75 or older. Some, including Gigl herself, use walkers and other mobility devices, but that doesn’t stop them from doing wall pushups, weightlifting soup cans, and other exercises to the tune of big band hits.
Trouble walking during pregnancy is nothing new. It’s a symptom of pelvic girdle pain or PGP, a pregnancy discomfort that physicians have been treating since the time of Hippocrates. During pregnancy, the growing baby causes a woman’s center of gravity and posture to change. This, along with pregnancy hormones, can cause the pelvic joints to become unstable leading to a variety of mobility issues ranging from minor discomfort to significant pain and sometimes the inability to walk.
As we age, our reaction speed, coordination, and physical strength tend to decrease, making driving more difficult and potentially risky. In fact, studies have shown that older drivers receive more tickets and get into more accidents than younger drivers. That’s not to say seniors can’t drive well, but those who do would be smart to take some extra precautions.
We know that being healthy helps make us happier. But a new study has shown that the inverse is also true; being happy makes us healthier and even helps slow aging. The study looked at 3,000 people over the age of 60 and found that those who were happier were less likely to develop physical impairments in their everyday activities, more likely to maintain a brisk walking speed, and more likely to maintain better overall physical function.
Hip replacement surgeries aren’t fun (except perhaps if you’re a well-paid hip replacement surgeon), but they can restore your mobility and independence. Still, it takes energy and time to completely recover and start walking again.
If you have an elderly loved one living alone, it can be stressful knowing that you can’t be there to take care of them all the time. The largest cause of injury for seniors is falling, particularly inside the house. For an elderly person living alone this danger becomes significantly higher, as they’ll have no one close by to help them in the event of an accident. But this doesn’t mean that you or your loved one have to sacrifice independence for safety.
Your house is meant to be a place where you can feel relaxed and comfortable, but as you grow older, this can unfortunately stop being the case. When mobility becomes more of a challenge, that tiled floor can start to feel a little more slippery, and those wooden steps a little more treacherous. In addition to being difficult to traverse the risk of falling becomes a greater danger.
No matter what your age, there’s almost nothing that feels better than spending a day relaxing, reading a book, watching TV, or taking a nap, and there’s no better place to do this than in the comfort of your own bedroom. It’s a place of comfort, safety, and rest, somewhere you can feel truly at home.
The holidays are just around the corner yet again. Many people find it difficult to shop for elderly loved ones. But fear not, JustWalkers.com is bringing back its annual Holiday Gift Guide. The guide is full of gift ideas for any price range. It includes several of our most popular mobility devices such as rollators and canes as well as our most popular mobility device accessories such as walker trays, cup holders, cane bags and more.
According to the Huffington Post, people are more concerned with “aging gracefully” than they are “saving for retirement.” This may not be the wisest focus, but it’s clear graceful aging is very important to people. So here are some of the most important things you can do to age gracefully.