How Walking Assistance Can Help Seniors

A senior lady assisted by a caregiver

Older adults are prone to falling and it is completely due to age. People in their older age tend to lose balance when walking, and if it is paired with a vision problem, they may get severely injured due to falling. Quite naturally this is a common fear among older people. It has even been seen that falling is a primary cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries.

According to the National Council on Aging, one in four adults aged 65 or above face a fall each year. This report is linked with adults requiring a visit to the emergency room due to fall-related injuries every 11 seconds.

Seniors may think that they can reduce the risks of falling by restricting their activities at home. But when their stay in private assisted living they are safeguarded by caregivers and there is no need to do so. If seniors limit their activities due to the fear of falling, it will place the opposite effect to the body, which obviously causes a negative outcome. Limiting activity can weaken muscles further and make it more difficult to maintain balance.

Back in January 2014, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a study titled ‘The Effect of Structured Physical Activity on Prevention of Major Mobility Disability in Older Adults’ was published. This study was based on the stretching and walking rate and falls and disability among older people. This survey was done on people between the age of 70 to 89. Here in Redhaven Care Homes, caregivers assist people with walking and take care to prevent falls, based on the ideals and evidence from the above study.

A senior lady assisted by a caregiver

How to Start Walking

If a senior starts to walk, whether in private assisted living or at home, there should always a caregiver for support. Beforehand, they should visit a doctor to check their physical and medical condition. Only if the doctor suggests walking and declares them fit, can they then start.

Walking Program

The first one is a 12-week walking program that is designed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. It eases into fitness. It has different milestones each week for warm up, walking and cool down within a cycle of 12 weeks.

The next one is a six-week beginner walking program that is created by the American Heart Association. It starts with walking for five to 10 minutes each day and goes up for a maximum of 30 minutes.          

The National Institute on Aging at NIH has developed another option which is Go4Life. This program includes walking along with endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance.

You can visit Redhaven Care Homes for a safe place for your seniors. This private assisted living is the safest place for them and will exceed your expectations.