Mobility aids: what are they and who are they for – Episode 20

As we have talked about in previous episodes of The Better Ageing Podcast, falls later in life can often herald a rapid decline in independence and quality of life. We know that there are many preventive measures that can be taken to improve balance such as keeping active and seeking the help and guidance of a physiotherapist. However one other tool to improve balance and increase mobility are mobility and gait aids. 

In this episode of The Better Ageing Podcast we’re taking a look at gait and mobility aids, in particular what they are and who needs them. As we discuss, gait and mobility aids shouldn’t be feared, rather they should be embraced when recommended as part of an exercise and physiotherapy program, as they are a key tool in sustaining and improving independence. 

As always we hope this episode helps you or someone you care for.

Show notes/ topics covered:

0:14 – Welcome 
1:00 – Introduction to gait and mobility aids 
2:30 – Who is need of a mobility aid? 
4:42 – What are mobility aids for? 
7:20 – Common types of aids 
9:04 – They shouldn’t be recommended in isolation 
10:22 – Getting the right size stick/frame 
11:10 – How do you know it is time for a mobility aid 
12:55 – Electric scooters and wheelchairs 
14:07 – Take home message  

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About the experts: 

Jason Lee and Dr Jane Fyfield have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason Lee runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds. Dr Jane Fyfield works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant. 

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