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5 ways to cope with mobility problems

As we get older, we might know ourselves better and have more money in the bank. However, age brings challenges such as empty nest syndrome and the menopause. We can become ill or be at greater risk of falling. In this post, I discuss 5 ways to cope with mobility issues whether they hit temporarily or if they are something you have to contend with for the rest of your life.

Ask for help with mobility issues

It’s vital you are honest about your struggles with your family and friends. They love you and will want to help so don’t even think for one second that you are a burden to them. Your local authority can also help do an assessment to see what would help you most as you adapt to mobility problems. Don’t suffer in silence. Sometimes when you mention your mobility issues to someone, they will share that they too have problems.

Research equipment to help mobility

There are some very clever products and gadgets that might be the very thing that will transform your life for the better when you have mobility troubles.  Stairlifts from companies like Savaria enable you to continue to love all areas of your home as you get older. It is brave to face facts and seek out the things that will make a real difference to your everyday life. Bathrooms can be a challenging and dangerous place for those struggling with mobility issues so it is worth checking out this website for things like bath lifts and roll-in showers.

Change your mindset

It’s very easy for us to focus on what we cannot do rather than what we can. Of course, changing your attitude to your mobility issues is easier said than done. Reading an inspirational book or listening to a motivational speaker from somewhere like Speakers.ca can help you see things differently. Once you are feeling better about your situation, you will be amazed how you can help other people do the same.

See your doctor

Too many older people put up with aches, pains and mobility issues instead of seeing their doctor. You should see your doctor who can help and it may be that your symptoms indicate something more serious. Get to your doctor early as they prefer that as it usually means they can help you more effectively with a diagnosis and medication. They can also give advice on healthy food and exercise plans that might reduce your mobility problems.

Connect with people

Reach out in your local community or online to find people who are going through similar issues. This will make you feel less isolated with your condition. The individuals and groups you find might have helpful suggestions that you haven’t thought of such as using your a heat pack on your back. Take a trip to your local library for suggestions on groups and social media is your friend when it comes to connecting with people online via Facebook and Twitter.

How do you cope with your mobility challenges?

 

Award-winning writer, blogger, social media consultant and charity campaigner. Social Media Manager for BritMums, the UK's largest parent blogging network Freelance clients include Firefly Communications and Save the Children UK. Works with brands on marketing projects. Examples include Visit Orlando, Give As You Live, Coca-Cola and Kodak. Cambridge Law graduate with many years experience working across three sectors in advice, media relations, events, training and project management. Available for hire at affordable rates.

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