How does Getting Older Change You?
As adults grow older, they may start having health issues that limit their mobility. It often starts gradually, but can suddenly get worse in some cases. If you have an older parent, or are taking care of an older adult, you need to be aware.
Let's look at three of the most common reasons for mobility loss in older adults:
- Many older adults start having problems with arthritis. Morning stiffness can lead to swollen knees and ankles. Aches in the back make it harder to deal with. This discourages the older adult from getting out and getting active and that leads to even less mobility.
- Osteoporosis is a challenge for many older adults. While mainly associated with older women, this condition can affect men as well. The condition leads to decreased bone mass over time. As it progresses, fragile bones become prone to fracturing. Eventually, it can lead to broken hips and spinal fractures. All of this can lead to a sudden loss of mobility.
- Falls are another part of growing older. Older adults over age 65 have a one in three chance of falling in a given year. Falls can involve injuries like lacerations, bone fractures, and muscle strains. Even if the fall was not severe, it can make and older adult less active out of fear of falling. That loss of activity can make falls even more likely.
When an older adult loses mobility, they will need help with many, if not all, everyday activities. Moving from one place to another becomes difficult, whether that’s from their home to the car, or their wheelchair to the bath. At some point, they may need help from a caregiver, often an adult child. Unfortunately, lifting and transferring a person is dangerous for the caregiver and the person being lifted.
Using a personal lift and transfer vest, such as the Smart Lift Vest, is the safe answer to this challenge. It keeps the person being lifted safe while giving the caregiver an easy, secure way to perform the motion. It is also ideal for assisting someone who has fallen. This personal lift and transfer vest was recently recognized as one of the Top 20 Product Innovations by EMS World Expo. This vest is perfect for any caregiver, EMT, or healthcare professional as it helps reduce back strain in the lifter while at the same time protects your immobile loved one or patient.