Why Falls are Such a Problem for Older Adults
As we get older, the combined effects of old injuries, arthritis and other joint problems, nerve damage, poor vision, medication side effects, and balance issues greatly increase the chances of falling - possibly causing serious injury. For an excellent overview of these concerns, see:
How to Care for Someone With a Mobility Impairment
Adaptive or assistive technology is a big business. These resources can help give an overview of the kinds of devices and tools available to help with mobility problems.
First, take a look at the box for Tools and Adaptations in the Common Concerns in Later Life - Balance and Mobility webpage in this series.
For additional information, see:
Traveling With a Mobility Disability
Mobility aids are often considered tools for "activities of daily living", which includes getting out of the home to shop, go to medical appointments, visit friends and family, and traveling locally. But more extensive travel is not out of the question, either.
When mobility problems are disease-related
When someone's problems with mobility stem from a serious disease, their life - and their caregivers' - become more complicated. Besides getting advice and assistance from the health care team, check out these resources. They may help to put issues into context, or suggest additional ways to approach those challenges.
And also peruse the Health Topics directory for MedlinePlus:
Local organizations that offer support groups and other resources to family caregivers for people with mobility disorders:
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