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Helping the Elderly Maintain Function and Mobility

14 APR 2014
Career Path : Nursing

In Canada, the population is aging, with the baby boomers reaching or nearing retirement. To guarantee the sustainability of health and social care systems while enhancing quality of life, it’s important to find ways to promote the functional capacity of older people. Mobility is a key issue in maintaining independence in old age. Mobility refers to a person’s ability to move him or herself independently and safely from one place to another. Mobility in seniors is important not just for the individual, but also their community, and can be assessed either through self-report or performance-based measures. With increasing age, underlying pathologies, genetic vulnerabilities, physiological and sensory impairments, and environmental barriers increase the risk for mobility decline. Understanding how mobility declines helps us finding ways to promote mobility in old age. If you’d like more information on Helping the Elderly Maintain Function and Mobility, you should check out this great blog by Thompson Career College.

“Falls or related injuries can lead to a loss of confidence in the patient, due to the fear of falling. Even when no injury has occurred, the patient feels less secure in their mobility, which can cause them to reduce their walking and other activities. Over time, this results in de-conditioning and increases their risk of further falls and functional decline. Take the time to review the person’s immediate environment by observing the daily routine. If need be, simplify the environment so that everything is within reach and readily accessible. By encouraging simple, safe self-reliance and using prevention in regards to falls.”