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As people age, they may face different types of mobility issues. In most cases, these problems restrict their ability to move from one place to another easily. Reports from the University of California (San Francisco Disability Center, 2014 statistics) suggest that about 10.2 percent of all US seniors require the use of canes, 4.6 percent require walkers and about 3 percent use wheelchairs or scooters.
Loss of mobility can arise due to different reasons. Falls are a major cause of disability or injury among seniors and about 87% of all fractures in the elderly are due to falls. Fall-inflicted injuries make it difficult for them to live independently, and also increase the chances of depression. However, family members and caregivers can take certain steps to make life easier for their loved ones. Here are some tips:
Mobility issues can signal major life changes for seniors. Seniors who face issues with independent movement often experience depression. Discussing their problems with a physician can help. A physical or occupational therapist can recommend treatments to help ease their mobility issues and pain as well as provide guidance on preventing further injury.
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