In nearly all the countries of the world, the number of older adults is rising. As people age, mobility degrades as well. Adult walkers compensate this declining mobility among the elderly population.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in the United States alone, since January 1, 2011, and each and every day for the next 20 years, nearly 10,000 Americans will celebrate their 65th birthdays.
The United Nations (UN) attributed population aging to decreasing mortality and declining fertility. Globally, according to the UN, 40% of older persons (aged 60 and above) live alone or with a spouse only. Independent living is far common in the developed countries like the United States, with about three quarters of older persons live independently, the UN reported.
Decrease mobility not only affects walking ability but it also affects the ability to perform personal daily tasks such as sitting and standing. Decrease mobility, in turn negatively impacts independence which many adults hold important.
A study by Andrew Duxbury showed that older adults suffer more of mobility disorders as aging causes a number of changes to mobility.
Adult walkers are important tools that compensate mobility degradation among older adults. They are classified under augmentative devices – those mainly developed for users with partial mobility limitation.
Here are the top reasons why adult walkers are prescribed by health care professionals to the elderly:
1. Total mobility incapacity prevention
They are prescribed to avoid, whenever possible, total mobility incapacity. To avoid the deteriorative use of wheelchairs, adult walkers are used to utilize the person’s remaining limited mobility capacity.
2. Simple design
These assistive devices have a simple design. A walking frame, four tips with rubber and handles, mostly made up the adult walkers structure.
3. Support base
These walking aids provide a support base for the upper limbs, thereby improving the balance and reducing the load on the lower limbs of the users.
4. Physiological benefits
A study by Constantinescu et al. showed that adult walkers provide physiological benefits to the users by reducing cardiopulmonary deconditioning, limiting osteoporosis and improving peripheral circulation.