March 18, 2015 in Caregiver Tips, Mobility
Basic moves such as getting out of chairs, beds and even cars can become a common issue as seniors begin to age. If your senior is unable to get out of the car on his or her own when traveling to holiday parties, the grocery store or doctor appointments it can be frustrating and difficult for the both of you. Mobility issues can easily become a major concern and should be properly addressed as soon as possible in order to prevent serious injury in your senior.
3 Reasons for Mobility Issues
Here are 3 reasons your senior may have mobility issues when getting in and out of the car and how you can help:
1.Arthritis Pain. One of the most common, and also most painful, conditions as one ages is the development of arthritis in the hands, wrists, knees, ankles and other various body parts. Developing arthritis can cause your senior to feel pain and stiffness in their body over time. This in turn can prevent them from participating in daily activities with ease.
2.Trouble with Balance. There are a number of changes that occur as one ages, and balance declination ranks fairly high on the list. This is due to a number of things such as decreased ability to focus, blood pressure dips and the decline of the vestibular system that controls our balance. As seniors age, many health problems can interfere with their balance, increasing their risk for falls. Try talking to your senior about getting a cane or walker to help keep them steady.
3.Loss of Strength. As people age their skeletal muscle mass slowly begins to deteriorate, causing what were once simple tasks to become more challenging. If your senior is struggling to get in and out of the car, try inserting an “assist grab bar” into any vehicle your senior may be riding in. This will help them to pull themselves up and out of the car, making it much easier on their bodies and decreasing their risk of falling.
Not only will paying attention to the mobility issues listed above help your senior get in and out of the car better, but it will also help them in other aspects of their life such as getting in and out of the living room chair, moving around the house and helping them navigate through the crowded halls at their grandchildren’s sporting events. Consider getting grab assist bars to place not only in your aging senior’s car, but also in and outside of their shower to prevent falls from the slippery environment in the bathroom.
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