Canes – Helping Seniors Maintain Active & Independent Lifestyles
Posted on July 21 2014
Don’t let the fear of falling keep you from living the active and independent lifestyle that you’ve enjoyed for so many years. Falls are a real concern with the potential for serious health complications, especially for older Americans. There are a number of different mobility aids that are specially designed to provide the extra balance and stability that many seniors need to safely get around on their own, especially when navigating poorly maintained sidewalks, streets, and curbs.
A recent study published July 17th in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that those who only walked to do their shopping and errands were more likely to suffer from falls than those who also walked for recreation. Even though studies have shown that up to 63% of falls among older adults occur while walking, walking is still one of the best and most effective methods of improving muscle strength, balance, and overall stability.
For those who are worried about falling or who frequently use poorly maintained terrains (like broken sidewalks, streets, and curbs), there are a number of differentl daily living aids, such as the All-Terrain Cane by Drive Medical or the Michael Graves Bag Cane, which are designed to provide a little additional balance and stability support to help keep you safe, active, and independent. The All-Terrain Cane has 4 stainless steel retractable tips that provide enhanced traction and safety on just about any type of surface and under just about any type of weather conditions, while the Bag Cane comes with a pre-attached bag that is perfect for discreetly carrying the cane and other small personal items. When the cane is needed, users simply hit the push-snap button and the cane is released and ready to use within seconds.
Mountainside Medical Equipment offers a comprehensive selection canes…ranging from the standard wooden walking canes, to folding canes, stylized designer canes, canes with different types of handles and comfort grips, canes with retractable ice tips, canes with quad bases, and even canes that transition into a seat! We even offer canes that glow in the dark and canes with a hidden umbrella in the shaft. Browse through today and see which cane might help provide you with the support you need to maintain your active and independent lifestyle.