Seniors Resist Nursing Homes, Cling To Independence And Mobility Aids
Seniors living longer and holding tight to independence with the help of walking canes.
There may be fewer elderly residents living in nursing homes than mainstream America imagines. While it is common to think that a person over the age of 75 might be losing physical or mental capacities, the statistics still show that a only small population of seniors actually live in nursing homes. According to Medical News Today only 7.4% of U.S. residents aged 75+ lived in nursing homes during 2005. This is a significantly smaller figure than the 8.1% percent reported in 2000, and the 10.2% reported back in 1990. The National Nursing Home Survey supports this trend, reporting that even among the 85+ age group only 16% of the total lived in nursing homes during 2006, again, dropping from 21% in 1985.
This suggests that among the baby boomer population, seniors are living longer and healthier. When that happens, there is scarcely a need to force the issue. Sandy Markwood of the National Association of Area Agencies on Ageing stated that these trends reflect desire of seniors to age at home or to live more independently in senior communities. "If you can keep people in that 65-to-74 age group out of nursing home facilities it's a significant improvement."
However, one potential problem is a senior's increased risk of falling. The risk itself does not justify full-time nursing home care. What can help in this matter is providing seniors with a more dependable mobility aid. The Handy Cane by Gravity Mobility Aids is a self-standing cane built for superior mobility support. The cane can shrink to a height of just 25 inches (65 cms) and can be stored standing up either in the corner of the room or even under some dinner tables. This can be ideal for discretion in social settings.
The material of the cane allows for a more stable frame that will not give way under the user's weight. The large circular base with anti-skid rubber ensures a grip like contact with the floor's surface. Though stable and sturdy, The Handy Cane is still lightweight and easier to maneuver than the more cumbersome quad or tripod walking canes.
Improved technology in senior lifestyles may well eliminate problems with poor nursing home health, senior depression, and other contributing factors that lead to shorter senior life spans.
About Gravity Mobility Aids
Founded by Vanessa Parker, who comes from 20 years of experience as an advocate and support worker for the elderly and persons with physical and intellectual disabilities. She offers The Handy Cane as the ideal safety product for sports rehabilitation, accident rehabilitation, and walking support for the elderly. Gravity Mobility Aids is an American company.
Gravity Mobility Aids
Tel: (503) 736 5916
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