Elderly Walking Made Easy
with Walking Aids

Elderly walking can be facilitated with various assistive devices such as canes, rollator, or other walking aid models. These provide additional support to maintain balance or stability while walking. Various style canes are available for additional support.

Aids such as walkers can be described as a walking frames and are commonly used by people who cannot walk comfortably on their own or with mild balance issues.  They are also considered a good tool for those who are recuperating from leg or back injuries.

Modern Walking aids are height adjustable and should be set at a comfortable to the user and at the same time allow the user to maintain a slight bend arm. This is necessary for proper blood circulation through the arms while using the aid.

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What the Experts Say about Elderly Walking

Thirty minutes of walking, four days a week, is a good way to get moving, says Dr. Factora. “Even 15 minutes
daily can have an impact on a person’s health,” he says. “You don’t have to break a sweat. You just have to move.”  He cautions to start slowly if you have not exercised recently; and if  you usually have pain when you move to take your pain medication prior to exercising. 

The Cleveland clinic gives these 5 reasons to walk:

  • Reduce Stress
  • Can improve sleep and lower your blood pressure
  • Can help you lose weight
  • Reduces cravings for a snacks
  • Walking can be easier when you track it with a pedometer

Walking Rollators

Walking rollators (see video) are also frames with wheels and adjustable height. They are usually equipped with a seat and sometimes with a rollator basket. They tend to be light-weight yet sturdier.

A particularly important part of a rollator is hand brakes mounted on the top of the frame that can be lifted or pushed downward to stop the rolaltor at once. The brakes can also be used in maneuvering, or turning, to achieve a tighter turning radius.

Type of Canes

White canes: Designed for assisting the visually impaired, these are longer and thinner and allow the user to "feel" the path ahead. They also serve to alert others, such as motorists, to know the user is blind and therefore use caution. Folding canes: these have several joints, allowing them to be folded into a shorter, compact walking cane length when not in use.

Quad canes have four legs at the bottom, they can stand freely, and offer a more stable base for standing.

Tripod canes: open in tripod form. Often available with an attached seat. These are sometimes referred to as cane seat.

These are some of the more commonly used aids. When it comes to walking devices for the elderly, it is advisable to consult with your medical provider to determine which elderly mobility devices will best suit your particular condition and to also get proper training on how to use the aid.

You may also be interested in this other page:

Elderly mobility is Within Your Grasp

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Related links

Exercise: Do’s and Don’ts Beyond Age 50; Family Health Team 5/22/13
Cleveland Clinic

5 Great Reasons to Walk; Wellness Team  4/20/12




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