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The changes that happen with aging can lead to problems with a person’s ability to move around quickly or as one would want – efficiently. Mobility problems may be shakiness trying to walk faster, difficulty getting in and out of a chair, or falls.
The number one mobility problem that older people may experience is falls. Falls result in broken bones, bruises, and other complications. Older bones break easily than younger bones and they take long time to heal. Sometimes older bones don’t even heal completely.
If hip is fractured, walkers, canes, or wheelchairs might be needed. Falls are one of the major causes of injury and death, so prevention is important.
An injury from a fall may end in limited or reduced mobility. Unfortunately, this can deteriorate existing medical illnesses and lead to new complicacy.
When elder people have falls-even if the fall isn’t serious-they often become fearful of falling again. This can lead to dormancy that can cause additional health problems.
One of the most important things you can do to support someone with mobility problems and fear of falling is to encourage physical activity. Even a little activity strengthens bones and muscles, improves stability when walking, and helps prevent falls.
Tell the doctor or nurse about mobility problems of the person you are caring for and especially mention any falls, since they can be caused by medical conditions. Prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbal or other remedies, or alcohol can result in drowsiness or distraction, which can lead to falls too.
You may try
• Prevent falls by reducing any hazards in the home, especially in the hall or path. If it is possible to have some sort of handles or railings on the long hallway, that might help too.
• Encourage movement/exercise to improve mobility and strength
• Report any recurrent falls or near falls to the doctor for a medical evaluation
• You may consider something like dbell Wi-Fi smart video doorbell to help minimize the risk of answering the door by walking up to the doo. Now-a-days all kinds of sells people from Water heater sellers, Natural Gas Marketers, Electricity Retailers, Landscaping companies to name a few knocks on your doors unwanted. If an elderly person with mobility issues or a person with disability or a person who uses cane or wheel chair is upstairs, it’s not easy to answer the door downstairs. Even when sitting on a couch on the main floor, sudden rush to getting out of a chair can hurt.