Common mobility issues that seniors experience and how you can help

Senior patients with limited physical mobility are at an increased risk of pressure injuries. One of the ways we provide quality care to our senior patients is by ensuring regular assessments and early intervention (such as assistance with repositioning and hygienic care) to help prevent pressure injuries from occurring.

As people get old, you may realize that they start having challenges with their mobility. Mobility issues among seniors are common, and they are as a result of aging. However, a lack of movement can lead to a lot of distress. Mobility challenges among your elderly can also lead to more severe health problems. As such, you must look out for problem signs and take the necessary steps to solve these issues. Here are the common mobility issues that seniors experience and how you can help.

  • Gait and Balance. If you notice that your elderly relative walks with a limp, veers to the side, or cannot maintain proper balance when walking, then they may be having a mobility issue. Your senior citizen may also lose balance when standing. Such issues are among the leading reasons seniors see a doctor. The problem may be due to joint conditions, a problem with vertigo, or another issue. Seniors with balance issues may also be suffering from muscle problems or brain conditions.

 

 

  • Falling. Some seniors may start falling for no reason. Apart from balance issues, this falling may be due to other conditions such as poor eyesight, dementia, or improper medication management. 

 

 

  • Dizziness. Vertigo is a severe condition among the elderly, and they may experience constant feelings of dizziness or lightheadedness. Dizziness may be a result of high blood pressure, heart conditions, chronic pain, or insomnia. Seniors with dizziness can fall unexpectedly and hurt themselves. 

 

 

  • Inability to walk on their own. If your elderly relative can no longer walk or move on their own, especially over a distance that is usually manageable, consider seeing a medical professional. Your caregiver may fail to help your elderly relative to move around safely. Such instances can lead to depression and other severe conditions. 

 

How you can Help Seniors with Mobility Issues

 

  • Professional Assistance. If your elderly relative starts having mobility problems, begin by talking to them about their situation. Let them know that they need help, and you are ready to help. Ask them to be honest about any pain or stiffness. Afterward, visit a doctor. The doctor will help to determine whether your elderly relative has another problem. 

 

 

  • Staying Active. Regular exercises can help in strengthening the muscles and improving flexibility. Simple activities, such as walking and stretching, are vital for older adults. However, it is always wise to talk to a doctor before trying new exercise programs. 

 

 

  • Diet. Weight issues can be stressful for seniors. Seniors will find it easy to move about if they do not carry extra weight. Less weight means less stress on the bones and joints. A healthy and balanced diet will go a long way in uplifting mobility

 

 

  • Social Engagement. Social activities are another way to keep seniors mobile. Such actions will also allow seniors to have a sense of belonging. 

 

Mobility problems can be stressful for seniors. As such, ensure that you help your elderly relatives to maintain their independence.