There is plenty of good that comes with aging. Assuming you’re already retired, you’re free to enjoy more of the things that bring you pleasure. Like:
- Walking your dog or spending more time with the grandkids
- Volunteering or taking up a class
- Gardening or traveling
- Going on endless fishing excursions. Whatever makes you come alive.
But when you have mobility problems, it can seem like your best life is behind you. That’s not true, though. With the help of assistive devices, you can regain some normalcy in your day-to-day activities.
Below, we share three mobility aids that will make it easier for you to move about or even travel.
Out of all walking aids, walkers offer the most support, even though you have to put in some work to use them.
Here’s what we mean by putting in some work. You have to lift the walker and put it down as you take each step. Because the walker does not have wheels, you can’t roll it.
But you can lean on the walker for support as you move your feet. The good thing is the walker is light, so you’ll do this without straining.
Plus, it’s four-legged and stable. Therefore, you can comfortably use it when you feel more than a little frail.
Consider getting a walker if:
- you feel weak
- you’re unsteady on your feet
A rollator is like a walker, except it comes with wheels. So instead of lifting it like you would a walker, you push it in front of you and walk behind it.
Rollators are either three-legged or four-legged. Four-wheel rollators are more stable and come with a seat where you can rest when you need to catch your breath. Three-legged rollators are lighter and don’t usually have a seat.
One thing to remember is that the rollator is not as stable as a walker. So be wary of leaning on it as it could roll away by accident and cause you serious injuries.
Choose a rollator if you:
- find it hard to lift a walker
- tire easily and need frequent rest periods during your walks
Unlike walkers and rollators, power wheelchairs use an electric motor to facilitate movement.
They come complete with (at least six) wheels, a seat, and a joystick for controlling the wheelchair.
Attached to the joystick is a controller with power and speed buttons. Push the power button to turn on/off the wheelchair and the speed buttons to adjust the speed level.
- you have limited mobility
- you have difficulty walking
Either of these three mobility devices will allow you to enjoy an independent lifestyle as you adjust to mobility challenges. Talk to your doctor so they can recommend the best mobility aid for you out of the three.