It is a well-established fact in the scientific community that exercise activity such as walking protects against loss of physical function in adults.
As early as 1953, Dr. Jeremy Morris and colleagues had shown that “men in physically active jobs have a lower incidence of coronary heart disease in middle-age than men in physically inactive jobs.” The Morris et al. study showed that drivers of the double-decker buses in London are more likely to die from coronary heart disease than the conductors. The study also showed that government clerks whose tasks are often sedentary suffer more from fatal cardiac infarction than the postmen.
A study by Ettinger WH Jr. also found that for older people, “a walk a day keeps the doctor away.”
Functional limitations in any of the four functional domains (self-care, instrumental activities, upper extremity and lower extremity) cannot be made as an excuse for not exercising or walking.
A study by Simonsick et al. showed that older functionally limited women who walked an equivalent of at least 8 blocks each week outside of their home were able to maintain their functional capacity and walking ability better than women who walked less or did not get out their home at all.
A rollator is a wheeled walking frame. Some have 3 wheels; while others have 4 wheels. The 4-wheeled type has a built-in seat; while the 3-wheeled type has no seat. While this 3-wheeled version does not come with a seat, its features are ideal for navigating in tight spaces. The Winnie Deluxe 3 Wheel Rollator, for instance, comes with features such as the solid 8-inch tires for indoor and outdoor use, a basket, a tray and a pouch to transport important personal belongings.
If walking is difficult for you as you need support of up to 50% of your weight, then the rollator is the right assistive device for you.
Users of rollators include those with:
-Arthritis, in particular of the hips and knees;
-Moderately severe gait and balance problems; and
-Generalized weakness of legs and hips.
It is also important to note that only those who can walk, and have good hand and arm function can use this assistive device.
An incorrect height of this assistive device will result to shoulder, back, elbow and/or wrist pain. To properly adjust the height of this walking aid, follow these steps:
-Use your most comfortable shoes.
-Hang your arms loosely at your side.
-Ask assistance in measuring the distance from the floor to your wrist. Adjust the height according to this measurement.
-Test the height: Hold the handle of the rollator. If your arm has a 20 to 30-degree bend, then that is the correct height.