Walking Equipment for the Elderly

Walking equipment is a necessity for people who cannot walk on their own without some type of assistance.  

There are various assistive devices for walking to help older adults who have trouble maintaining their balance or have other conditions that make moving around difficult.  

They include walking sticks and canes, walkers, rollators and others; all designed to make walking for the elderly a bit easier.  Many seniors would not be able to get around at all without this type of device.

Most people don’t realize how the ability to get around even with an aid can make a difference in someone’s health.  Even a small amount of physical activity can have health benefits for older adults.

Exercise for Seniors with Walking Equipment?

If you think you cannot exercise because you need a walker to get around, consider this statement from one of the experts at the Cleveland Clinic:

“A rolling walker (like a rollator) …allows the patient to exercise -- using it like a treadmill to keep the legs strong. Then the patient can put it aside if the situation dictates." 

Keep in mind that exercising does not have to be complicated; you just need to be moving and a rollator can help you do that.

Tips for Selecting Assistive Devices for Walking

If you feel unsteady when you stand or try to walk, a rollator or walker can assist you when necessary.  You can also find a model such as a lift walker that can help you lift yourself up (picture on the right). 

When making your selection it's important to choose a grip that is right for you. 

This can help to alleviate stress on your joints.  You’ll want to make sure the grip is comfortable and won’t slip while using this equipment.

Lift Walker

A standard cane model can also help with stability as you move around.   If you need it to help support your weight you’ll want to consider one with four tips, also known as a quad cane.  Either way you need a firm comfortable grip that is right for you.

What Experts Say About Physical Activity for Seniors

It's well known that as we age the bones tend to weaken, the memory isn't as sharp, muscle mass tends to decrease and fat sets in more easily, heart problems can develop and the list goes on…

According to the Mayo Clinic, regular physical activity such as walking can help to make your bones stronger, strengthen your leg muscles.   As a result this can help you maintain your balance better and this list also goes on…

One of the experts puts it this way: “Exercise is not only for your body … It can benefit your brain.  It’s been shown to decrease depression and anxiety, as well as improve and preserve cognitive functioning.”

In all cases, you should consult with your doctor or physical therapist regarding your physical activities and devices.  

Take a look at our selection of walking equipment to see which one may be right for you. 

If  you don’t see what you need on our website please contact us; chances are we may be able to help you find it.

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