This week Disability Living is writing for the senior disability community of Canada. We are presenting helpful tips and information and discussing disabilities pertinent to Canada’s senior citizens.
We are sure you are aware that mobility-related disabilities affect many seniors and elderly individuals. But how prevalent are these disabilities among senior citizens in Canada?
Did you know that mobility-related disabilities are reported more frequently by senior citizens in Canada than any other type of disability?
It’s true. In fact, “One third of all Canadian seniors have mobility-related disabilities.” This equates to 1.3 million seniors.
To be precise, 37.2 percent of females who are seniors have a mobility-related disability; 28.1 percent of men who are seniors have these same disabilities.
What is a mobility- related disability?
A disability related to mobility has to do with “reduced function of legs and feet, which causes users to depend on a wheelchair or artificial walking aid.”
What causes such disabilities?
It has been reported that rheumatism/arthritis “causes over 30 percent” of mobility-related disabilities.
While other factors can cause a mobility disability, arthritis is obviously a large contributor. Is there anything that can be done to prevent arthritis and, subsequently, a mobility disability?
Prevent arthritis to prevent disability.
How can you do this? Here are a few simple ways to prevent arthritis, the condition that causes about 30 percent of all mobility-related disabilities:
– Gain and Maintain a Proper Body Weight – Being overweight can majorly contribute to developing arthritis. Work with your doctor to achieve the best weight for your body.
– Exercise - Exercise strengthens your body and helps you avoid arthritis. Research what exercises would be best for you, and discuss a new physical fitness routine with your physician.
– Stop Smoking and Limit Alcohol - Why? Because “both habits weaken the structure of the bone, which puts you at a higher risk for fractures.”
– Take Strengthening Supplements – See http://www.arthritistoday.org/nutrition-and-weight-loss/vitamin-and-mineral-guide/index.php to learn more.
Do you have a mobility-related disability?
If so, let us know your tips for staying independent and coping with your condition. Feel free to leave a comment on this post.
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