It is common for senior citizens to experience issues with mobility and loss of functionality as they age. Mobility issues could include any challenges that a senior has moving around physically. Functional limitations would include difficulty with everyday tasks such as eating, using the restroom, preparing food, getting dressed, etc. Additional mobility aids or accessibility modifications could be necessary.
Causes and Effects of Mobility Issues
Loss of mobility in seniors is usually a result of multiple impairments to muscles, joints, central nervous system, and other physiological systems. It is not a surprise, that with the loss of mobility, mental and emotional health is also affected. Not being able to do things independently can affect the quality of life and cause depression.
Elderly people are prone to balance issues and falls. This can be a result of already existing mobility issues. Falls can also be the cause of future mobility issues because the individual may be afraid to do things they once did, or have physical problems or pain as a result of the fall. Here are some tips on preventing falls.
Reducing Mobility Issues
Some mobility issues are unavoidable and just part of the natural aging process. By avoiding being sedentary or sitting for long periods of time, your loved ones will help protect their mobility. Staying active with regular exercise also helps elderly people to stay limber and mobile. For those still living at home, a safety audit can help to identify potential fall hazards. Of course, a healthy diet can also make a difference.
Mobility Aids & Accessibility
There are a variety of mobility aids and accessibility products that help older adults as their mobility needs change. At TwinTown Villa, our rooms and living areas have built-in accessibility aids such as grab bars, accessible bathrooms, and more. When mobility aids such as wheelchairs, canes, or walkers are used, the resident and their families are assured they are in a safe and accessible space at Twin Town Villa. Our residents enjoy many of the personal care services that reduce the stress of living alone or having to do home modifications.
Tour the Twin Town Villa Community
Our skilled and caring staff is always looking out for the best interest of our residents, as their abilities and mobility change. If you are looking for a place to call home for your parent or loved one, please reach out to us at Twin Town Villa. You can contact us online or call 218.643.9542 to request a tour.