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. Read More
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. Read More
“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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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.
Compared to a traditional walker, rollator walkers are easier to use and quicker since they can be pushed like a cart instead of being lifted. Still, there are a few important things to know before you begin using a rollator. Here are the top four mistakes you should NOT make. Read More
We all want to avoid falls, but they can happen even to the best of us. If you ever experience a fall, remember—
1. Stay Calm
Sudden falls are very upsetting. Take a moment to breathe deeply and calm yourself before doing anything. This will help you recover from the shock so you can better handle the situation.
Did you know there are over a hundred forms of arthritis, not to mention a plethora of causes?
If the pain and stiffness of arthritis is affecting your mobility and prohibiting your independence, it’s time to fight back. Your doctor will know the best way to combat your specific form of arthritis, but there are several simple home remedies which may help as well.
So you're looking for a cane - one that's stylish and provides a little extra support while you walk. But if this is your first cane purchase, you may not be sure exactly what you need. We're here to help. Read More
As you age, regular exercise and daily walks become much more important to your health. But they also pose an increased risk. Here are some safety tips so you can go on your daily walk with peace of mind. Read More
Your bones, joints, and muscles provide the basic framework for your body. But this frame may start to change as you age
. Joints slowly lose fluid, causing the cartilage to rub together and erode. This leads to stiffer joints. Meanwhile, muscle tissue may begin to atrophy and lose some of its former strength—especially when not used regularly.
According to a study by the American National Academy of Sciences, the happiest years of people’s lives are often their 70s and 80s.
Those years will be even better if you’re in good physical shape. Here are the three most important things seniors can do to live well.
Gardening provides a fun, low-impact workout for seniors. It helps them maintain flexibility, strength, and endurance. Plus, it relieves stress and can produce delicious, healthy homegrown foods. Read More
Some seniors sleep easily and often, but others find it difficult to fall or even stay asleep. Reasons vary, but common ones include medical conditions, pain, medications, and stress. Solutions also vary. Simply limiting caffeine may do the trick for some. Other seniors turn to sleep medication, which isn’t necessarily a bad choice but can come with harmful side effects and is often unnecessary. Read More
It may not be the most beloved tradition of the year, but spring cleaning is here. The origins of the practice are uncertain. Some think it dates back to the Jewish tradition of thoroughly cleansing the home before Passover. Others believe it started because in 19th century America (before we had vacuum cleaners), spring was a practical time to dust the house; it was warm enough to open the windows but not so warm that bugs were a huge problem. Read More
For many with limited mobility, power scooters
are a huge blessing. Here are our top 5 reasons for getting one.
Every 40 seconds someone in the US has a stroke. That’s over 795,000 strokes each year.
Most of these people will need assistance walking after the stroke, but through physical therapy many will regain their mobility. Each individual is different and will need to discuss with their doctor the best path for them, but treatment options include...
When using a mobility aid, you notice things no one else does. Such as how awesome wheelchair ramps are or how annoying uneven door thresholds can be.
Don’t hassle with an uneven threshold every day! At JustWalkers.com, we now offer several threshold ramps to fit any size door or threshold height.
According to a report by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, “older adults need more frequent exercise than younger people to maintain muscle.” However, most elderly aren’t ready for strenuous, high-impact workouts.
Here are several low-impact alternatives to help you stay in shape.
Love it or hate it, winter is upon us. And while it comes with many fun treats—holidays, sales, hot chocolate—it also makes getting around trickier, especially if you use a mobility aid. Here our top tips for safely getting around during the winter. Read More
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, or rollators, are walkers with a wheel at the bottom of each leg. Though they’re relatively easy to use, there are some things you should do to ensure you have the best and safest experience. Here are our tips for safe rollator use, though we encourage you to seek guidance from a medical health practitioner for your specific situation.
If you’re an elderly wheelchair, walker or cane user, you may not have put much thought into taking up martial arts. But perhaps you should. Tai Chi, as we’ve previously mentioned
, is a slow meditative martial art that’s great for helping the elderly and those with limited mobility stay active.
When buying a rollator or rolling walker, you have a lot options. To make sure you find the best one for your needs, ask yourself... Read More