Mobility-related disabilities affect about 33 percent of Canadian senior citizens.
That is about 1.3 million people. These mobility-related disabilities can seriously diminish someone’s quality of life. What’s more, disabilities that affect a person’s mobility cost Canada millions of dollars each year.
Is there something that can be done to prevent the development of mobility-related disabilities?
In some cases, perhaps. Here are a few preventative measures that can be taken against mobility-related disabilities:
– Take Vitamin D – Did you know that Vitamin D can help to “prevent falls, maintain mobility, and reduce age-related disability”? Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Learn more about Vitamin D for the prevention of mobility-related disabilities at http://updates.pain-topics.org/2012/06/vitamin-d-prevents-falls-disability-in.html.
– Eat a Proper Diet - Believe it or not, diet can play a big role in the prevention of disability. How can diet keep someone mobile? By strengthening his or her body. A nutritionist can help you learn what foods are the best and healthiest for you.
– Exercise - As you probably know, exercise can strengthen muscles. There is also a possibility that exercise can prevent (or delay) mobility-related disabilities. Are you interested in making exercise a regular part of your life? If so, remember that it is always a good idea to discuss a new exercise routine with your doctor before you begin it.
As you can see, there are several simple things you can do to help stave off mobility-related disabilities. Please speak to your physician to learn if there are other preventative steps that could be taken against such disabilities.
Disabilities that affect mobility are present in a large portion of Canada’s senior disability community.
Are you one of the 1.3 million Canadian senior citizens with a mobility-related disability? If so, how has your disability affected your life? Do you have any tips for slowing the progression of your disability? Leave us a comment — we are listening.
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