Common Types of Mobility Aids for the Elderly

by | Jun 11, 2024 | Innovations

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In the grand scheme of things, economic prosperity and technological advancements have enabled the human race to live better and longer. However, ageing does come with its inherent set of challenges as our physical bodies gradually lose their functionality and in relation to this article, mobility, as we age.

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Did you know that by 2035, it is estimated that every 1 in 3 people in Singapore will be aged 65 and above? From a global perspective, the number of people aged 60 and above will rise from 12% to 22% of the total global population between 2015 and 2050.  

In this article, we take a look at some of the common types of mobility aids and tools for the elderly to help them improve their overall quality of life as they advance into their silver years.

Mobility Products For The Elderly

Mobility products for the elderly are essential aids that help maintain seniors’ independence and safety as they make gradual adjustments to compensate for the declining functionality of their bodies. These aids not only enhance mobility but also reduce the risk of falls, and improve the overall quality of life.

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Here are some of the most commonly used mobility products:

  • Walking Sticks/Canes: Canes help with balance and they come in various styles, including single-tip canes, quad canes with four feet for extra stability, and folding canes for easy storage and travel. For those who are interested in smart walking sticks, read on here.
  • Walkers and Rollators: These are designed to support walking and balance. Walkers typically have four legs and provide better stability, while rollators are equipped with wheels and come with a seat and brakes, offering more mobility and rest options.
  • Wheelchairs: Wheelchairs are essential for those who have lost the ability to walk or stand for a long time. They range from manual wheelchairs, which require physical strength or assistance to operate, to electric wheelchairs which are powered by batteries.
  • Personal Mobility Aids: These are electric personal vehicles providing mobility assistance for seniors who require something more than electric wheelchairs. Personal Mobility vehicles provide better utility than wheelchairs and are often used for outdoor travel.

Finally, here are more resources for you to support your loved ones in maintaining their ability to get around on their own: Seniors with mobility aids (by the Agency for Integrated Care, Singapore). It covers support in the community, care at home, various financial assistance schemes, nursing home topics and more.

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