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Mobility

Staying active and moving daily is how older adults stay strong, maintain function, and do What Matters. The health care team can ensure safe mobility to keep older adults moving.

Promote safe mobility to maintain function and do what matters most

Falls not only threaten independence of older adults, but also are a leading cause of death from injury

Mobility limitations in older adults put them at higher risk for:

  • Disability

  • Nursing home placement

  • Decreased quality of life

  • Death​

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What we can do...

 

As healthcare professionals:

  • Screen for mobility limitations (asking about falls, performing a TUG)

  • Decrease high risk meds 

  • Prescribe exercise/physical activity, particularly balance, strength, and gait training

  • Manage postural hypotension

  • Manage foot problems and footwear

  • Treat vision impairment

  • Manage heart rate and rhythm abnormalities

  • Modify the home environment

As individuals:

  • Environmental modifications (footwear, rugs, grab bars in bathroom)

  • Physical therapy and and Exercise (muscle strength, balance, aerobic)

  • Manage foot problems and footwear

  • Treat vision impairment

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