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Challenges of an ageing population - Increased Risk of Disability

Posted by Hui Min Tow on

In developed countries with ageing populations such as Singapore, there is significant occurrence of chronic diseases. This increases the risk of disability among older adults, which in turn affects their independence and safety. As our company focuses on promoting independent living through eldercare products, we understand how this problem adversely impacts older adults today.

According to the World Health Organisation, older people are more likely to encounter additional barriers to independent living such as mobility problems due to ageing. Biological factors such as body wear and tear along with external factors such as chronic diseases would give rise to mobility issues. Mobility issues impact one's well-being as it hinders one's ability to manage tasks of daily life and may lead to the need for help and an increased risk for disability (Rantakokko, Mänty & Rantanen, 2013).

Encouraging our older adults to be mobile, enables them to live independently in the community and improve their well-being.

“Technology can help the elderly live independently and in their own communities with their own support networks, and give their children peace of mind”, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

True enough, there are many benefits that comes with maintaining one's mobility. Being independent would lessen the overall burden on caregivers, improving the well-being of the caregivers caring for seniors at home. Being mobile also promotes healthy ageing by satisfying the basic human need for physical movement.

In order to ensure sustainability of health and social care systems while improving quality of life of our older adults, we need to start off promoting the functional capacity of older people and reduce their dependency on caregivers as much as possible.

This is when mobility aids come in handy. Mobility aids have important roles in maximising safety and fostering independence. Research also found the relation between increasing use of aids – from mobility aids, such as canes, walkers, handrails, to technologies aimed at the ageing population and how it reduces dependency of older adults (WHO, 2014). Others have also reported that seniors think of mobility device use as activity specific have clear preferences for colourful devices, and want to have choice in device selection. (Resnik, Allen, Isenstadt, Melanie Wasserman & Lezzoni, 2009)

Right here at The Golden Concepts, we provide many assistive devices to help adults cope with their level of mobility. We believe that using aids earlier in the ageing process would prevent worsening levels of mobility that could lead to disability. 

 

 

References

Active Ageing: A Policy Framework. (n.d.). The Aging Male, 1-37.

Kwang, K. (2015, April 20). Ageing, mobility and data sharing top Smart Nation priorities: PM Lee. Retrieved September 22, 2015, from http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/ageing-mobility-and-data/1795682.html

Resnik, L., Allen, S., Isenstadt, D., Wasserman, M., & Iezzoni, L. (2009). Perspectives on use of mobility aids in a diverse population of seniors: Implications for intervention. Disability and Health Journal, 77-85.

Rantakokko, M., Mänty, M., & Rantanen, T. (2013). Mobility Decline in Old Age. Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, 19-25.


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