How to Maintain Physical Mobility and Stay Active With Physical Disabilities?

Maintain physical mobility and stay active

 

Are you worried that you won’t be able to maintain physical mobility as you get older? Many look forward to life after they retire when they no longer have to work long hours and can enjoy hobbies and traveling. And even though we all like to retire somewhere on a beach lying underneath the gentle sun rays that don’t necessarily mean a lack of mobility, especially when the mobility issues that require assistive aids start to kick in.

Or maybe you’re facing what seems the most difficult time in your life due to an injury that makes staying active that much harder? Maintaining your mobility isn’t only about moving around out in the world. It’s also about being able to take care of the things that keep you comfortable and safe at home. Since unfortunately, we don’t live in a world where everyone can afford to hire someone to help them maintain their mobility, we need to learn to stay as active as we can not only because it can burden our finances but also because random activities keep us energized, help us maintain physical mobility, and allow us to stay healthy.

The global situation has additionally put pressure on everyday life, leaving people feeling exhausted and unmotivated to do ordinary things such as even getting out of bed. Staying independent has been a major concern to people especially because they are unable to spend time with their loved ones. Being independent is one thing, but feeling alone is totally different. At times like these, it is advisable to seek emotional support, regardless of it coming from your loved ones or a professional. For those with physical disabilities, this concern isn’t abstract at all. Finding aids for mobility that will make you able to move around the home and perform your regular physical activities bringing back your energy can make all the difference in how much independence you maintain and how strong your emotional health gets.

Regardless of whether or not you have mobility issues now, it’s never too early to start thinking about how you can maintain your mobility as long as possible. You may have a disability or condition that affects your mobility now only slightly, but you may suffer some more severe conditions later on in life if you do not address this pressing matter properly in its early stage. If you want to know how to maintain your mobility with physical disabilities, read on. We’ll discuss the best ways to prevent mobility loss and keep being active, so you can age gracefully and stay independent for as long as you can, preferably, forever.

Any physical disability can impact mobility, although older adults are sometimes affected by more than one disability. For example, those who develop arthritis often also face lower levels of strength or balance. Losing a significant amount of strength in your arms can mean that you are unable to open a bottle of water, or even perform daily routines you once effortlessly could. Balance issues can lead to having a hard time staying stable when walking or reaching for something. Seniors with Parkinson’s disease have problems with movement and coordination, which is why we will stay on top of this matter later on in this blog separately. Parkinson’s is a disease that affects your day-to-day life and even though controllable, you need to find just the right aids to help you get through the toughest moments.

The struggle to maintain physical mobility with disabilities is a big concern for many people. Letting yourself go or staying in poor health can make things even worse over time. For those who are still worried about their mobility later in life, doing little things now can prevent or improve mobility for the future. You might have come across in a magazine or seen a documentary or an ad on TV that if you exercise regularly, you can improve your agility, flexibility, and strength resulting in less stiffness in your joints (like knees, hips, or back), and that may help maintain your mobility. This is actually very true; however, you have to find just the right exercise that will help you get stronger without causing any damage. Different conditions ask for different exercises. The best way to find the right ones for you is to ask your doctor who knows all about your diagnosis.

Mobility aids can help people with physical disabilities in their day-to-day life. Using mobility aids can help people feel better, be more active and reduce the chances of secondary complications arising from the primary disability. There are several mobility aids such as wheelchairs, rollators, canes, and more, that are useful to anyone who’s struggling with such difficulties. But there are also mobility aids that are designed specifically for certain conditions.

 

How can I improve my Parkinson's mobility?

If you have Parkinson's disease, sudden falls may be one of your greatest concerns. Falls and trips are not uncommon and they can definitely be disabling in people with Parkinson's disease, affecting up to 60% of those who live at home, especially alone. It is important to do everything possible to minimize the number of falls and their consequences and maintain your mobility to stay strong. It is also important to reduce other risk factors for falling for older people and those with specific health conditions like Parkinson's.

People living with Parkinson's disease may find moving around the house and outside and doing daily activities does not come as naturally as it once did. It might seem contradictory, but to increase your confidence, you have to move! And you will see that your family will welcome the improved version of you. By getting out there and moving, you are setting a great example for your loved ones and improving your own health at the same time maintaining mobility

Granted, it might be challenging to get going at first. Some people facing Parkinson’s disease may experience the “freeze” moment while standing up. While they are in the “freeze” state of mind, it is difficult to think about and or even to begin to take the next step. This can lead to a feeling of being stuck or trapped in that very spot, which then leads to extreme anxiety and stress, which generally makes movement more challenging. So how do you prepare for these challenges? By planning ahead and making a move!

Regular physical activity helps with movement and it is important to focus on it every day. There are also some specific exercises you can use to improve your daily routine which should be determined with the help of your physician. I hope you will feel better through this process and realize that improving your confidence in moving around really does start with maintaining mobility! Canes, walkers, wheelchairs and other aids can help people move around when they need a little extra support.

When deciding on a cane, get a straight one preferably with a rubber tip. We recommend avoiding tripod or quad canes (those with three- or four-point bases). People with Parkinson’s disease seem to have difficulty using these types of canes since they provide less stability because all points don’t touch the ground at the same time every time. The cane's hand grips should always be comfortable to the hand and you should adjust the cane height for best support. Sticks are also helpful and can assist when you try to maintain  physical mobility and better posture while moving or walking. However please consult a physical therapist to decide if these mobility aids are safe for you.

Another mobility aid you can try is a walker or a rollator with four or more wheels for better stability and to make turning easier. Large wheels, swivel casters, and hand brakes give the most stability and you should always seek aids that offer these additional features. Rollators with built-in seats and baskets can be especially helpful. These can assist you when doing your chores or going to buy things at the store. This is a great physical activity that will keep you moving while maintaining your independence.

As Parkinson’s disease advances, you may need a wheelchair. It is important to know what to look for when choosing the wheelchair and who can help you make this decision of getting the right one. It is best that your caregiver consults your doctor and gets all the crucial information mandatory for decision-making. Here are a few helpful tips: get an appointment with your physical therapist to find out which chair best meets your needs. Don't forget to check with your insurance team to learn about covered services in your insurance plan because not all wheelchairs are covered. You may need to pay for some of them. When choosing, try to choose a lightweight wheelchair, since they are easier to place in and lift out of the car. Depending on your condition and needs or on your caregiver's situation, you might want to choose a wheelchair with more features for getting around your home and a lighter, even foldable, wheelchair for when you have to travel.

Another interesting way to maintain physical mobility is to move your upper extremities and what better way than to amuse yourself by doing a jigsaw puzzle. This entertaining activity not only makes you move your arms around, but it also exercises your brain.

 

 

Maintaining mobility with physical disabilities doesn’t have to be hard.

Getting regular physical activity is immensely important for all people for good health. But people with a mobility disability, such as people facing difficulty walking or climbing the steps, often have limitations to achieving the recommended dose of daily physical activity. Regardless, comprehending more about walking behavior is important so that we can develop a thorough and optimal plan to help promote physical activity.

A physical activity plan that is specifically designed for people with mobility disabilities such as the walking group approach is a very outgoing way to keep mobile and maintain physical mobility. Research has shown that walking groups are functional and effective in improving physical activity among people with disabilities regardless of whether they are young or elderly. They have proven to be effective even with minimal support from supportive helpers and professional caregivers. Walking groups can also improve your self-esteem and boost your confidence, as well as strengthen your emotional health, decrease the need for social isolation and relieve depression, increase functional ability, and improve agility.

There are several types of difficulties people may be facing such as serious difficulty walking or climbing steps, deafness or severe difficulty hearing; blindness or severe difficulty seeing, severe difficulty concentrating or making decisions; difficulty doing errands on their own; or even difficulty dressing or bathing. All these physical difficulties can be classified as disabilities that can limit one's way of life. Luckily, there are some fun activities that can help you stay mobile and keep your gears running.

 

Outdoor activities to maintain physical mobility

Outdoor activities are a great way to enjoy some time under the sun rays and gather some vitamin D while doing some of your favorite hobbies. Most adults with disabilities and chronic health conditions are capable of exercising in a regular physical activity program. However, special considerations must be taken when working with this population. These considerations depend on the individual functional abilities, characteristics, and specific diagnosis.

As we mentioned, simple walking is one of the most beneficial and health-supporting activities that require no special preparation or equipment. It can be done almost anywhere and at any time. For those facing partial disabilities, walking provides many of the same benefits as it does for everyone else. It improves your physical health, increases your energy level, reduces stress, improves self-esteem and self-confidence, and boosts your social life. People with disabilities are able to walk or move with the use of assistive devices, such as walkers. This type of exercise is strongly recommended for persons with heart disease, diabetes, struggling with obesity, depression, and even recovering or coping with cancer. Obviously, the statement that physical activity can improve your mental health and well-being isn’t a new discovery. Doctors have been recommending it for these and other conditions for a long time as well as many others such as stress and anxiety.

Home activities include things you can do inside your house as well as in your yard. Being physically active at home is a great way to stay healthy. Being at home gives you flexible options to get moving whenever it works best for you and your family. Whether you have a physical disability, illness, or other reason that limits your mobility, or maybe just want more flexibility, there are many ways to stay active from the comfort of your own home. You may not be able to go out for a run, but there are many mobility aids that can help you stay physically active in the comfort of your nest. Whatever physical challenges you may have, staying active will improve your overall well-being and health. Being physically active is healthy for your body and mind. 

One of the most fulfilling and relaxing hobbies you can try is gardening. Do you have mobility issues that are making it difficult for you to take care of a garden? Or maybe you’re not even sure if gardening is right for you, no matter how much you enjoy being outside? Either way, you are in luck. This blog will help you identify what type of assistive garden tools to use. We will also cover the best mobility aids for spending time outdoors when there is so much to be done with your yard. Gardening is a great way to be active and enjoy some fresh air. In order to have the best gardening experience, you may need some mobility aids.

Kneeling is hard on your fragile knees although it’s an essential gardening task that we all have to do. To reduce the pain of kneeling down and getting up, maybe consider getting a  garden knee pad that can be used many times over. Using them can make a huge difference in reducing the uncomfortableness from kneeling. 

A great tool for those who have difficulty using their hands and wrists is an ergonomic trowel. The support will enable the user to use the strength of the forearm. This aids in the process of troweling, helping you to get a better grip and results in being able to use less strength. The support enables the user to use the strength of their forearm. It can be used with any garden tool designed to work with one hand, such as a spade or fork. The support is best used in a standing or kneeling position. The design of the sling allows the user to perform repetitive tasks for longer periods of time while making it easier to dig and move soil. This product is created for users who need mobility assistance for their hands or arms and includes three different positions.

Another way to maintain physical mobility is by doing chores around and outside the house. If you are depending on a wheelchair and you’re trying to do daily chores like raking the leaves or getting the mail, you will need to turn your place into a disability-friendly space by installing ramps and necessary equipment.

 

Activities to maintain physical mobility around the house

A chore that will bring some positivity and keep you moving is cooking. We have lots of kitchen gadgets that will make cooking easier.  Doing chores around the house with a disability like arthritis or multiple sclerosis can be a challenge. There are a number of aids available to help people with disabilities around the house. In any case, chores are an excellent way to stay active. Everything you do requires somewhat physical activity which is just about enough for you to activate your dormant muscles.

Wheelchairs are great not only for people who are entirely unable to walk, but for aiding mobility as well. Wheelchairs allow individuals that are partially or completely unable to walk to gain mobility. Self-propelled wheelchairs allow a person to maintain muscle mass and bone strength through normal activities that occur during daily living. Believe it or not, wheeling yourself around in your wheelchair is a type of physical activity. However, the more you rely on your wheelchair, the faster you may notice weaker bones in the lower area. 

Dancing can also be a physical activity. It is a well-structured, interesting, rhythmic, and non-stressful way to encourage health and well-being and this definition applies to all forms of dancing both recreational and for fitness. Dancing is more than just a fun hobby or a way to get some exercise. It's also classified as physical activity. That means it can improve your cardiovascular health and help you avoid conditions like high blood pressure, stroke, or heart disease. And when you dance, a lot of your muscles are moving. That means dancing has the added benefit of helping you tone and strengthen your muscles and boost flexibility too.

Cleaning the house may not sound like much fun, but it definitely keeps you active and busy. Find the best way you can use this activity to your advantage and enjoy the squeaky clean surfaces along the way. 

All in all, when it comes to ways you can maintain physical mobility while being physically disabled, you can do almost just about anything anyone else can do. You just may be needing some additional assistance while doing it, that’s all. Find the perfect aid with your caregiver or if you need some advice, we are always at your disposal to help you pick the most convenient choice. All you need is the will to try and see where you fit in most. You are a strong and independent person who has not given up until now, and never will. And we are here to make sure you stay as strong as it gets. Aids for Mobility is here to support you all the way through. Stay safe and healthy.

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