Complete Guide to Recognising and Managing Loss of Mobility (2019)
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Recognising loss of mobility:
Ease of mobility is something we often take for granted, but its unexpected loss can have a devastating impact on how we manage day-to-day life. That is why it is important, as we age, to keep watch for the warning signs that might indicate declining mobility. Remaining vigilant and taking the appropriate steps will allow you to better plan and prepare for all eventualities, minimising the impact and allowing you to continue living a full and productive life.
The most immediate visible changes will be physical in nature. Bruising can occur on a more frequent basis, often without necessarily noticing the impact. Bumping into furniture or a corner due to stumbling, or even as a result of a fall; if you or a loved one suddenly seem more prone to bruising, this may be a sign of deteriorating mobility.
Changes in gait are another indicator to watch for. An onset of issues such as stumbling, dragging their feet, shuffling or losing balance on a regular basis.
And, although it is one of the more elusive physical changes, small things which you might notice in your partner or parent could include taking longer to get out of bed, or how much effort it takes to change position.
It can be difficult to be willing to acknowledge changes in your state of mind, especially as we grow older. But if you suddenly find yourself being reluctant to move as much as you did, if you stop wanting to stand for long periods of time or walking long distances for no particular reason, it could be time to consider whether there are genuine reasons behind these decisions or if it is down to a decline in your mobility.
If your loved one has begun to lose interest in social activities or attending engagements which formed a large part of their daily life, it could be a sign that they are experiencing a loss of mobility. If they stay at home more than they once did or repeatedly make excuses to get out of visiting family and friends, then it may be a sign that they need to see a medical professional to determine what difficulties they are experiencing.
How to Manage loss of Mobility:
Fortunately, there a variety of steps that one can take to reduce the impact loss of mobility has on day-to-day life. The best course of action to start is to book yourself or your relative in for a check-up with a physiotherapist, who will be able to take them through the steps to keeping mobile, reducing strain and injury, and maintaining a normal life. Medication and treatment may be necessary, varying from case-to-case, but such questions can be answered during regular check-ins at a GP clinic.
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