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Loss of Mobility

April 01, 2021 2 min read

As we age, we may find it difficult to move around as freely as before. The loss of mobility can be challenging as it affects our independence and increases the chances of falling. Read on to find out what we can do to manage mobility loss.

What causes mobility loss?

There are multiple reasons which may contribute to mobility loss. Common causes include conditions such as:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Cognitive decline

How do these conditions affect my mobility?

Osteoporosis vs. Osteoarthritis

Osteoporosis

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Osteoarthritis

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  • Bones become porous as they lose bone density
  • Affects entire skeletal structure at the same time
  • Bones become vulnerable to fractures
  • A bone mineral density test is used to diagnose osteoporosis
  • Affects joints, erodes cartilage, and ultimately underlying bones 
  • Caused by wear and tear, overworking of joint
  • Usually occurs in major joints such as hip and knees


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Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s is a type of central nervous system disorder that makes it difficult for the body to control muscles. Symptoms start gradually, sometimes it starts from a barely noticeable tremor. Tremors are common, but the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement which affects the way we walk, talk, or perform other daily activities. These symptoms often limit range of motion, affect balance and impact overall mobility.

Cognitive Decline

Persons with advanced stages of Dementia may be easily disoriented and prone to falls. Managing these issues requires caregivers to take preventative steps to prevent falls and create a safer home environment.

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How would the loss of mobility affect me?

Being less mobile can be frustrating, especially if you’re used to being very active. It may have an impact on your quality of life as you become less able to do the things you are used to doing. Some common effects include:

  • Weight gain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Pressure sores 

What should I do about mobility loss?

Speak to your doctor or nurse if you’re having any problems with mobility. They can address any specific problems that are affecting your mobility. They can also refer you to other health and social care professionals who can help, such as occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

  • Occupational therapists can assess if you need any equipment or adaptations to your home to help you to stay active
  • Physiotherapists can show you exercises to do to keep active and recommend mobility aids such as walking sticks or wheelchairs and show you how to use them

There are also a wide variety of devices to help you get around easier, such as grab bars for hallways or bathrooms, and mobility aids such as canes, walkers and wheelchairs.

 

 


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