Regardless of your age, it is possible to have reduced or lost mobility at any stage of life.
Typically, changes in mobility occur when a person is older and they may begin to suffer from arthritis. However, for other people, reduced mobility can be the result of an accident or it can be part of an illness.
Luckily, there is a range of ways you can adapt your lifestyle to cater to your change in mobility.
With that in mind, here are some ideas of what you can change in your life when you begin to find it more difficult to move around.
There is an assumption that people who have limited or reduced mobility cannot drive a car. Of course, this is not the case. Many adaptations can be made to a vehicle that can allow a person with limited mobility to drive it.
So, it may be worth looking online for suitable mobility vehicles to help you retain your independence.
Your home will need to be modified, too. For instance, many people who suffer from issues with their knees, ankles, hips, and lower back can find sitting on a toilet uncomfortable, as well as getting in and out of a bath that as a lip. Therefore, it can be worth attaching grab rails around your bathroom to make these activities easier to manage. And why stop there? They can also be attached to your bedroom, your kitchen, and even on your staircase, which will ensure that you have a sturdy object to hold onto should, you feel unsteady on your feet.
If you have a reduced range of mobility, it may be time to have a look at the shoes you are wearing.
Do they offer you the correct support? Or do you feel unsteady when you wear them? Ideally, you will want a shoe that can offer arch support, along with a stiff base, which can make it easier to walk (especially if you have bunions).
Shoes designed for those with mobility issues can also reduce discomfort. They also come in a range of styles, so you don’t have to look unfashionable while wearing them.
It may also be worth adapting your furniture. In your kitchen, for example, you may want to use the lower cupboards and have tables that are more level; thus reducing the need to bend the knees and hips.
It is also worth considering the use of grabbers, which can help you to pick up objects that you may have dropped on the floor. This can reduce the pressure on your joints that can occur when you bend forward.
Reduced mobility may seem an odd reason to change your diet. However, this can prevent you from reducing your mobility even more. By eating a healthy diet, you can maintain a healthy weight, which will help to reduce the stress on your joints and keep you mobile for longer.
It is also worth noting that a healthy diet that is high in oils can help with mobility too. Therefore, this may be worth discussing with your general physician or physical therapist.