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Common Causes of Mobility Loss in Seniors

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One of the most frequent complaints among seniors is that it’s no longer easy to move around. Helping your senior loved one remain as mobile as possible is important because seniors who lose mobility may have difficulty remaining independent. There are a few common causes for mobility loss, but fortunately, some of them are preventable or treatable.

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition typically associated with diabetes that affects the body’s ability to control muscles. Seniors with neuropathy experience weak and cramping muscles that may make movement difficult. They also tend to have slower reflexes, which can increase the chances of an accident. Managing peripheral neuropathy normally involves eating healthy, getting plenty of exercise, treating diabetes, and taking certain medications. 

Some aging adults with diabetes may find it challenging to manage their blood sugar levels by maintaining a healthy diet and taking their medication on schedule. Aging adults who require assistance with the tasks of daily living can benefit from reliable home care. Colorado Springs, CO, families trust Home Care Assistance to provide the high-quality care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. Our caregivers are trained to help seniors prevent and manage serious illnesses and encourage them to make healthier decisions as they age.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a type of inflammation that damages the joints between important bones. In addition to causing pain and swelling, arthritis may also make joints lock up, stiffen, or grind. Living with arthritis tends to prevent seniors from easily doing things like climbing stairs, standing up, or getting into a bathtub. There are many arthritis treatments, including heating compresses, hydrotherapy, immunosuppressive medications, and joint replacement surgery, so make sure to talk to a doctor if arthritis is reducing your loved one’s mobility.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a type of bone disorder that happens when bone density is so depleted that bones may break after even slight bumps. Seniors with osteoporosis often fear moving around and being active because of potential fractures, and previous injuries or compressing spinal vertebrae make movements painful. Avoiding osteoporosis typically requires seniors to be more careful with their diet. They need to get enough calcium to maintain bone density, and vitamin D is necessary to help the body absorb the calcium.

Injuries

Any sort of injury resulting from accidents such as slipping in the bathroom or falling down the stairs can have a long-term impact on a senior’s mobility. Since aging adults heal more slowly, regaining their previous level of mobility can be quite challenging. To help your loved one with mobility following an injury, follow the doctor’s recommendations closely and plan on coordinating care with physical therapists.

Because recovering from an injury often takes longer for seniors, it can be challenging without the support of a trained professional caregiver. If you’re the primary family caregiver for a senior loved one living in Colorado Springs, live-in care is available if your loved one’s health has become too difficult to manage without professional expertise. At Home Care Assistance, we take measures to help seniors prevent illness and injury by assisting with exercise and mobility, preparing nutritious meals, helping with bathing and other personal hygiene tasks, and much more.

Sensory Issues

In some cases, a senior’s mobility decreasing isn’t related to any muscular, skeletal, or joint problems. Some seniors find themselves unable to move around easily because of impaired vision or hearing. These changes are often so gradual that seniors might not even notice them, yet they begin to subconsciously reduce their mobility because it’s difficult to get around. Because sensory problems can creep up so slowly, seniors need regular vision and hearing tests. These tests can alert your loved one to any potential problems so he or she can get proper prescriptions for glasses and/or hearing aids. 

Decreased mobility can severely hamper the ability to live at home safely and comfortably. Colorado Springs senior home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently. If you need professional care for your loved one, Home Care Assistance is just a phone call away. Reach out to one of our Care Managers today at (719) 822-1229.