Importance Of A Walking Stick And Choosing The Best One For Elderly


The walking stick can assist older people in maintaining balance and minimizing the risk of falling. Balance issues are common in older people and the risk of falling increases with increasing age. Physiological changes associated with aging reduced balance, increase reflex times and thus, increase the risk of falling. Even in a right old age, all of these systems show a physiological decline, putting more at risk. Adjustable Walking Sticks are always used to facilitate walking for defensive reasons.

Importance Of A Walking Stick And Choosing The Best One For Elderly
Importance Of A Walking Stick And Choosing The Best One For Elderly

Walking Stick Importance And Types

A simple walking stick can often mean the difference between getting out and about or being confined to the home. A walking stick should meet the user’s specific needs. If the stick is required to bear weight, a carbon-fiber or aluminum model may be the most appropriate, while a tripod or quadruped walking stick will be able to cope with almost the entire weight of the user. A folding stick folds very quickly and safely held in a pocket or handbag. People who are suffering from immobility can also use walkers and should stay as active as possible, then why not take the help of a walking stick to be active and a well-made frame will allow them to do just that.

If you have an illness that comes and goes, you may not always need a walking cane. You can keep it folded in a backpack or briefcase in case you need it.

Importance Of A Walking Stick And Choosing The Best One For Elderly
Importance Of A Walking Stick And Choosing The Best One For Elderly

Some Interesting Experiences

I have a walking stick. I use it to keep the ground at arm’s length. Well, leg’s length, if you want to get technical. I have fallen over so many times in the past that it has become part of my survival equipment.

I do not usually use it in the house (floors are softer to fall on than roads), although if I have been sitting for too long, I need it when I first stand up. It’s so undignified lurching about the room, arms waving for balance, trying not to punch out the front of a display cabinet.

Importance Of A Walking Stick And Choosing The Best One For Elderly
Importance Of A Walking Stick And Choosing The Best One For Elderly

The problem is that I often forget to take it with me when I sit down, and it would be handy if somebody would find a way to combine a walking stick with a praying mantis. That way, it could have legs of its own and become a real walking stick.

Maybe I should buy a dog and teach it to fetch. It would have to be a big dog because it is a big stick. And another problem raises its greedy head: big dogs need big meals. I wonder if I could apply for a government subsidy to feed my stick-fetcher.

My wife has an acid sense of humor, and when she sees me hobbling along on the stick, she likes to call out, “Quick march!” when she knows darn well that with two legs and a stick, the best I can manage is “Quick waltz.”

I can use mine to drag my slippers to a chair so that I can sit down to put them on. And I can use it to scoop up any loose items of clothing I might drop to the floor.

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