Elderly Mobility Articles

  • Expert Advice: How to Choose a Mobility Aid for a Senior

    The wrong mobility aid can negatively affect a senior’s stability, cause posture problems and even result in pain. These devices come in all shapes and sizes, so selecting the right one and achieving a proper fit requires a professional’s expertise.

  • Encouraging a Senior with Limited Mobility to Get Outside

    Fresh air and a change in a senior’s surroundings can do more than help diminish boredom and complacency. People who spend a few minutes outside daily are less likely to have health problems and more likely to remain active.

  • What to Look for (and Avoid) in an Emergency Alert System

    Personal emergency response systems can be a life-saving addition to a senior’s care plan. Knowing that help is only a push of a button away can give the entire family invaluable peace of mind.

  • 7 Things That Cause the Elderly to Fall

    Falls are dangerous, but they are not an inevitable part of growing older. Understand these seven reasons why seniors are more susceptible to falling.

  • What Every Caregiver Should Know About Bed Sores

    Although pressure ulcers, aka bedsores, are often considered to be a sign of poor care or neglect, these painful wounds can happen to any senior. Prevention and early detection are crucial for keeping an elder's skin healthy.

  • When Is It Time to Place a Loved One with Dementia in a Long-Term Care Facility?

    Family members often struggle with decisions regarding memory care. There is no downside to placing a senior with dementia in a facility too soon, however there are many consequences of waiting too long.

  • How to Safely Pick a Loved One (or Yourself) Up After a Fall

    Falls are a common occurrence for seniors, so it’s important to know what to do after one occurs. Use these tips to get your elderly loved one on their feet again and avoid any further injury.

  • The Right Rehab Program Dramatically Increases Mobility after Joint Replacement

    Seniors who undergo an intensive rehabilitation following knee or hip replacement surgery may experience a three-fold increase in their mobility.

  • What to Expect After a Hip Replacement

    You've found a surgeon you trust, scheduled the procedure, and figured out which senior rehabilitation center your loved one will be staying in, but are you prepared for what comes after the surgery?

  • Do All Seniors Need Rehabilitation After a Hip Injury?

    A broken hip, hip injury or hip replacement in the elderly can be very painful and problematic. Both occupational therapy and physical therapy services will likely be necessary to reduce pain, maximize mobility and improve quality of life.

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  • How to Prevent a Senior from Falling

    Falling is the leading cause of hospital admission and injury for seniors. Learn how falls can be prevented through simple home modifications, regular medical check-ups and lifestyle changes.

  • Questions and Answers About Hip Replacement Surgery and Recovery

    Frequently asked questions about hip replacement, also known as arthroplasty. Learn what caregivers can expect; Who should have hip replacement? How long is hospitalization? What about recovery time?

  • Hip Replacement: How to Prepare and What to Expect

    Hip replacement surgery can cause a lot of anxiety for both the person having the hip replaced and his or her caregiver. Learn what hip replacement surgery involves and what you can do to aid in recovery and rehabilitation.

  • The Stages of Parkinson's Disease

    Parkinson's is a progressive disease, and symptoms worsen over time. This commonly used system describes the stages of Parkinson's and what symptoms to expect during each phase.

  • Senior Health Issues That Impact Driving

    Age should never be the sole reason for taking away a person’s driving privileges, but a number of physical and mental health conditions, medications, and/or age-related health changes can seriously compromise a senior’s driving abilities.

  • A Complete Guide to Durable Medical Equipment & Medical Supplies

    Sometimes the need for aids is immediately apparent, for example, in the case of a broken hip. Other times the need appears gradually. Be alert to the potential need for an assistive device, as seniors commonly try to downplay changes in their abilities.

  • Activities Top Tips: Hobbies for Seniors with Limited Mobility

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for activities that seniors with limited mobility can enjoy.

  • 5 Physical Therapy Treatments You Might Want to Avoid

    A physical therapist’s ultimate goal is to help their patient be as active as possible, but for older adults, some treatments can be ineffective and sometimes even dangerous.

  • Protect Yourself from Injury While Caregiving

    Injuries performed while caregiving significantly impact both the caregiver's quality of life and their ability to look after their loved one.

  • 5 Tips For Saving Money On a Wheelchair Van

    Minivans with adaptations that enable wheelchair users to easily get in and out can be very beneficial for seniors and their caregivesr, and buying one doesn't have to break the bank.

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