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25.06.2019 | Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation (O Addison, Section Editor) | Ausgabe 3/2019

Current Geriatrics Reports 3/2019

Mobility Challenges Among Older Adult Mobility Device Users

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Current Geriatrics Reports > Ausgabe 3/2019
Autoren:
Oladele A. Atoyebi, Delphine Labbé, Mike Prescott, Atiya Mahmood, François Routhier, William C. Miller, W. Ben Mortenson
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This article is part of the Topical Collection on Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Abstract

Purpose of Review

This review describes recent research regarding challenges to mobility experienced by older adult mobility device users.

Recent Findings

Different elements that affect mobility in this population were highlighted using the Human Activity Assistive Technology model. Key constructs in this model include the human (personal factors); the desired activity (mobility); assistive technology (mobility devices); and context (physical and social environmental factors). Poor mobility skills and lack of mobility confidence are personal factors that can limit the places that older adults go. However, new mobility devices are being developed to facilitate independent mobility. The design of the built environment and poor signage are aspects of the physical environment that can constrain mobility and impair wayfinding. Likewise, social factors including funding and prescription policies can reduce access to devices and needed services, and stigma can cause older adults to self-limit their mobility.

Summary

Addressing these challenges could reduce the difficulties that users encounter while navigating the environment and facilitate the mobility and social participation of older adults.

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