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Things You Can Do To Deal With Mobility Issues

Posted August 26, 2013

Many people deal with mobility issues. Although lack of mobility is often attributed to the elderly, it is not just a problem for those considered “senior citizens.” According to statistics compiled earlier this year, over 18 million people in the United States and Canada have mobility issues. Families are providing roughly $375 billion worth of free care to family members with mobility issues.

Many people with mobility issues run into problems both at home and in their communities. Multiple level homes can cause issues. Getting on public transportation and getting around stores and other public locations sometimes causes problems. There are a few things people with mobility issues should know, though.

Low Vitamin D Linked to Mobility Issues in Elderly

According to a study by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (also called VU University), lower levels of Vitamin D can lead to mobility issues including trouble walking up and down the stairs, getting out of a chair, and getting dressed. In the study, 56% of those aged 65-88 had at least one limitation with an increase in limitations after 3 years due to Vitamin D deficiency. Even with those who were 55-65, though, 30% had a limitation due to Vitamin D deficiency with an increase in limitations after 6 years. Thus, it seems Vitamin D, often called the sunshine vitamin, is important to help with mobility issues. If this study is correct, just getting outside could have at least some positive impact on a person’s mobility.

Those With Mobility Issues Need to Stay Active

Even just walking can be beneficial. Those with walkers and other mobility aids can at least walk short distances. Water aerobics, where there is less stress on the muscles is also great. For those who cannot stand or walk, dancing around by moving your arms, legs, and hips while sitting down can also be helpful. Even if you have to rest after a minute or two, keep going to keep your body in the best shape possible. Of course, you should consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.

Eat Healthy

Many seniors and those with disabilities are not getting proper nutrients. Make sure you get vegetables and protein. This can help you stay in better shape which can help to prevent injuries and more disabilities.

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