More Seniors Using Mobility Aids
Over the last decade, the percentage of seniors using mobility aids has increased from 16-24%. This trend has been surprising to researchers who find that this rise is outpacing what they understand to be known causes. Additionally, approximately 10% of seniors use more than one mobility device.
There are several factors that are contributing to a rise in the use of mobility devices by seniors including health concerns, living situation, social acceptance, and device access. Frequently, seniors are choosing to live in the community rather than in nursing homes or assisted living facilities and leading more active lifestyles. Additionally, over the last few years mobility aid use has become more socially acceptable to promote senior independence.
Mobility aids are considered any device that assist individuals to walk, lift, carry, bend, reach, or grasp, among others. These devices include canes, walkers, scooters, and many others.