Periodic Assessment of Walking Devices in Senior Living Communities

Currently, the proportion of the United States population age 65 or older is nearly 40 million. Of these older adults, approximately 14 to 18% of them use an assistive ambulatory device (AAD) on a daily basis. In senior living communities, canes and rolling walkers or rollators are the most common walking devices used by the older residents in order to improve mobility, prevent falls, and maintain functional independence.

Walking Devices
Walking Devices

However, the association between using an AAD and a potential fall has been reported in older adults. Such an association could result from both the impact of normal aging and the use of an AAD itself. As one ages, he or she may experience decline in cognition, visual acuity, sensitivity, alertness towards surrounding environment, endurance, and strength for daily activities.

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