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May 5, 2014 11:00:49 AM | 2 Min Read

Improving Life with a Walker

Posted By Vista Springs


"Oh no!" she thought, "the doctor tells me I will need a walker."

Many people are dismayed when they learn they will require the assistance of a walker. They fear it robs them of their independence. But this thinking is backwards. A walker isn't a loss; it's freedom to enjoy enhanced mobility and interaction with the world.

In fact, the opposite of a walker is a sitter. Someone who cannot reliably stand and walk, chooses to sit, and by necessity, requires the world to come to him or her. But a person with a walker is independent because they interact with their environment, choose mobility, and navigate their world. A person with a walker can go places, safely and comfortably. And today's modern walker provides a safe way to take a break from a routine that becomes too strenuous. With a walker's built-in seat, you can choose to sit when you have to.

But the presumption is that you remain mobile until you're tired; just like nature intended. Still not convinced? Consider that in today's modern assisted living facility, the walker is everywhere, treated with no more stigma than wearing glasses to read. Could you benefit from a walker? There are a few things to look for when considering this question:

1. Do you have difficulty standing securely?
2. Do you experience problems with fatigue or endurance?
3. Do you have poor balance?
4. Do you have slower responsiveness to changes in position or shifting weight?

If you think you could benefit from a walker, take a look at the new models at a medical supply store. Modern walkers are completely customizable for your seat height and arm height, they are equipped with seats, brakes, storage, and unique new wheel designs for any and all terrains. Pick a color that reflects your personality and get on the move. Because if you can improve your mobility, you can begin to experience full of life living.

Topics: Mobility for Seniors

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