Getting Past the Stigma of Canes and Walkers

Don’t make life any tougher, use mobility aids to help you get up and out.
” …it’s important for caregivers and healthcare providers to discuss the advantages of these mobility aids and gently encourage their use.”

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For many older adults, losing their independence is extremely upsetting. As we age, many activities we did with ease when younger become more difficult and, potentially, dangerous. Something as simple as walking can be a significant challenge.

Difficulty walking often leads to falls—2.3 million adults 65 years and older have falls—which leads to injuries and hospitalizations. Falls can be causbus 5ed by medication side-effects, past injuries, loss of balance and other issues.

One way to lessen the chance of falls is to use a cane or walker. The inherent problem with using either, but especially a walker, is the loss of independence. Nevertheless, it’s important for caregivers and healthcare providers to discuss the advantages of these mobility aids and gently encourage their use.

In general, walkers provide more stability than canes. With a cane, you’re already leaning toward one side or the other, which exacerbates balance issues…

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