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 the following (and related links):
While the dangers of falling for adults 65 years old and older are quite serious, falling is also dangerous for yourger people (the CDC lists falls as the third-most-common source of injuries in the US for people 18-35) years old.
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:
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 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 (as appropriate). 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:
Be sure to discuss information gathered from these resources with your health care providers to see if it is relevant to your individual situation. Health and medical information accessed through these websites is not intended to substitute for or to replace the advice or instruction of a health care professional.
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