Seniors’ quality of life increasingly deteriorates with the decline of mobility. When we think of mobility we think of ramps onto the bus or to the entrance of buildings. What is often overlooked is the debilitating pain and suffering that comes along with mobility issues.

The onset of mobility issues stems from chronic illness and unhealthy habits. As discussed in the first blog of the Improving the Quality of Life for BC’s Aging Population, chronic illness and unhealthy habits are commonly attributed to seniors’ social isolation and loneliness. Often times as seniors age, fear or discomfort are associated with activities that were experienced in their younger years. The concern can stem from the embarrassment of not performing as well as they once had due to aging.

To combat the concern of participating in everyday activities, assistive devices can be put into use. Assistive devices are much more than a crutch; they have the ability to support in every aspect of daily function from preparing food to dressing.

Not only do assistive devices help navigate day-to-day life, but they prevent injury. By utilizing the support, the risk of injury reduces by a considerable amount. Moreover, the chances of worsening a pre-existing injury.

Organizations like Kinsight use community programs to tackle social isolation which is often the early onset of mobility issues. The programs aim to encourage participants to feel confident and comfortable in themselves and their abilities by engaging with their community regularly. In applying community inclusion, outreach, and skill development initiatives, Kinsight can find the opportunity areas and align seniors’ needs with the appropriate resources. To learn more about Kinsight and the programs offered click here.

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