Elderly people are more prone to chronic diseases and more likely to undergo surgery, both of which can reduce mobility. Understanding how gradual mobility loss can affect you and what you can do about it is important. However, be sure to seek specialist advice in the event of sudden mobility loss. Let’s take a look at some of the main reasons for an inability to move freely.
Avoid a sedentary lifestyle in which you spend long hours in front of the television or on the computer. Instead, be sure to do activities that keep you moving and active, whether at home or in care. Physical exercise helps keep the muscles and bones strong and improves heart strength and lung capacity.
Many elderly people suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis, which can restrict your mobility. Brain injuries can also cause mobility issues. Slow-onset neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or multiple sclerosis affect the brain, which can also cause mobility loss. Balance disorders are more common in people with neurological conditions, making them more prone to a life-threatening fall.
Being overweight puts a huge strain on your heart and consequently reduces your ability to be physically active. Avoiding mobility loss involves watching your weight, diet and lifestyle. Obesity can incline you to lead a more sedentary lifestyle when what is needed is an active lifestyle. Overweight people are also more likely to have hip and knee problems.
Keeping fit has great mental and physical health benefits. Aerobic exercise gets the heart and lungs functioning and drives oxygenated blood to the brain. This, in turn, makes you feel good, and improves your self-confidence, balance and strength. However, exercise needs to be done safely, so be sure to talk to your doctor or physical therapist for advice.
Staying socially engaged has mental health benefits, which can also impact your physical health.
Haym Salomon Home for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Brooklyn NY has a team of dedicated rehabilitation therapists, including physical as well as occupational therapists. Our occupational therapists show patients suffering from mobility loss how to prevent or reduce the risk of a fall. In addition, rehab therapies help patients greatly improve their mobility. Contact us today or walk in if you would like to find out more. We are here to answer all your questions and concerns.