The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects that the number of Americans aged 65 or older will reach nearly 89 million by 2050.
As we age, our chances of developing cognitive and mobility impairments increase.
A study by Montero-Odasso et al. showed that mobility and cognitive impairments are related to increasing life expectancy.
Mobility and cognition is interrelated. A study by Woollacott and Shumway-Cook showed that cognitive function plays an important role in one’s mobility activities such as walking.
Attention, a necessary cognitive function, especially for older adults is essential to maintain a normal walk.
Effect of Exercise on Cognition & Mobility
As we age, we may notice a reduction of our cognitive and mobility functions. We can prevent further degradation of these functions. One of the means to keep our mind and body healthy is through exercise.
A number of studies have proven that exercise protects against age-related mobility and cognitive decline.
A study by Bherer et al. showed that a three-month physical exercise can improve the attentional control functions and physical health in older adults as well as frail older adults.
Walking is the easiest and, not to mention, the cheapest form of exercise. If you already have difficulty in walking, a rollator is an ideal tool to achieve a good quality of life even at an old age.
A rollator is a walking frame with three or four wheels and a handbrake. As an assistive device for walking, this equipment only needs to be pushed to move forward.
A study by Alkjær et al. showed that “Walking with a rollator unloaded the ankle and especially the knee extensors, increased the hip flexion and thus the contribution of hip extensors to produce movement.”
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society recommends the use of a rollator because of the following benefits:
- It provides stability when you walk.
- It provides a wider base of support, reducing the risk of falls.
- The device is height-adjustable.
- It can be folded and easily transported.
You know that this is the right assistive technology for you if you are able to:
-Walk by yourself.
-You have good hand and arm to operate the device.
-You need additional support for balance on the two sides of your body.
-Within your home environment, you always find yourself holding on to furniture and walls.
The luxe rollator comes in three or four wheels.The Winnie Deluxe 3 Wheel Rollator Walker, in particular, comes with these special features:
-Adjustable handle height;
-Special loop lock for safety and easy operation;
-Simple, one hand folding;
-Accessories such as a basket, tray and carry pouch; and
-Lightweight solid 8″ wheels for indoor or outdoor use.