Life expectancy in the 21st century is quite different from the life expectancy in the 20th century. In the 21st century, people who would have died due to diseases are now surviving mainly because of better healthcare, healthy food and healthy lifestyle.
The increase of life expectancy is evident in the United States. The U.S. has an unprecedented number of older adults (65 years and above). Since January 1, 2011, and each and every day for the next 20 years, nearly 10,000 U.S. citizens will celebrate their 65th birthdays, this according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Despite the advancement of healthcare, better food and better lifestyle, older people (65 years old and above) still experience some form of functional decline.
Walking is one of the most important human activities. Sadly, for many older adults, they experience functional decline in the way they walk.
To cope with this functional decline, a number of assistive devices are available in the market. These include canes, crutches, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and walkers.
Walkers are basically made of a frame. Some frames have no wheels (also called standard walkers); some have two wheels; while others have three or four wheels (also known as rollators). The 4-wheel device has a built-in seat; while the 3-wheel device has no seat.
The rollator is the perfect assistive device for you if the following factors are present:
-You can walk by yourself but you just need additional support on both parts of your body.
-You continuously hold on to furniture and walls in your home for support.
-You have good arm and hand to hold and move the equipment.
-The 4-wheel device with a seat is ideal if you require frequent rest periods.
Here are the advantages of using the rollator:
-It can support up to 50% of your body weight.
-It can provide stability when you walk.
-It reduces the risk of falls as it provides a wider base of support when you walk.
-It is easy to transport as it is height-adjustable.
-It is easy to operate. You simply hold on to the handle and push it to move forward.
-You can walk and be mobile again with this equipment.
“Successful aging is largely determined by individual lifestyle choices and not by genetic inheritance,” this according to the CDC.
Regular physical activity such as walking with the rollator can prevent many diseases such as coronary heart disease, noninsulin dependent diabetes mellitus and obesity.
How to Effectively Use this Equipment
When this equipment is not adjusted to its correct height, this may cause back, shoulder, elbow or wrist pain. To correct the height, do the following steps:
-Wear your most comfortable shoes.
-Allow your arm to hang loosely at your side.
-Request someone to measure the distance from the floor to your wrist and then adjust the height accordingly.
-Hold the handle of the rollator. The height is correct if you notice a 20 to 30-degree bend in your elbow.