How to Stay Mobile in Your Old Age
For most people over the age of 65, remaining mobile and independent from full-time care is one of the biggest challenges they face as they reach the latter stages of life. No one likes to be confined to a bed, unable to move or perform basic tasks without assistance, therefore keeping the body as functional as possible for longer is big priority.
There are five simple ways to remain mobile for as long as possible and retaining independence will make for better quality of life.
- Home improvements
Making home improvements may not seem that vital when you get older. After all, an individual may have resided in a particular home for years and never had any problems.
Yet, while replacing a unit or piece of furniture that is perfectly functional may not make much financial sense it may be more practical to replace certain items as they may become more hazardous and cause accidents that would further inhibit mobility.
- Bathroom upgrades
The bathroom can be the most dangerous room to an elderly person as it is slippery and standard bathtubs require stepping over the side to get in, which can become increasingly difficult to do in later years. Expert engineering service is always recommended in such cases!
A walk-in bathtub or shower could prevent a crippling accident. For those that already suffer from diminished movement, adding a body dryer to the walk-in shower will prevent the potential danger of overreaching for a towel and causing further damage.
Exercising regularly is very important when getting older. There are many people who would class it as their favourite activity, but keeping active will help slow deterioration of the body. Recent research has shown that Britain is in an inactivity pandemic, meaning a quarter of us are not getting enough exercise that will help retain mobility in old age.
- Staying active
The article also shows that 43% of the 2,000 adults interviewed were not even walking regularly. Even this simple activity which is not too strenuous is important to undertake regularly as studies show that walking briskly can cut the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol as much as running. Going for a long walk a few times a week can drastically improve quality of life.
- Keeping busy
Having hobbies and regular indoor tasks to undertake helps keep the circulation going and the mind agile. Keeping busy will help keep focus and keep the brain healthy as well.