SENIORS COPE WITH LIMITS AND BOUNDARIES

Jul 12th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Aging Issues Include Limits on Activity

While seniors wish to be able to do everything they have always done, enjoying their independence and relative freedom, there crop up now and then those limits and boundaries that remind us we cannot. It is an unpleasant revelation to discover that what once came easily and without much thought, now requires awareness of consequences.

Recently on an outing to lunch with my mother, we discovered the lack of ramps available from the parking area to the restaurant.  She requires a walker and mobility issues are impeded when broken cement blocks your way. Some make light of next to the entrance handicapped parking , but if you need it, you understand how essential it is. When going out, check with the restaurant regarding their facility and ability to accommodate a person who may have handicapping conditions.

Traffic inside stores often does not take into account wide aisles and unblocked thoroughfares that enable a walker or wheelchair to have ready access.  It may be a struggle for the elderly to exercise their desire to be able to navigate, but it is to their credit that they keep trying.  Mobility is an issue for everybody these days. Pedestrians, attempting to navigate a crosswalk, often find the limited time to get from one side to the other is hardly enough.   We are a society based on the automobile and its use.  Convenience of those who must employ their own means for getting from here to there is often just not considered.

Public Planning and Policy Should Include Needs of Elderly

Older cities would do well to evaluate its traffic flow for seniors and pedestrians. Of course with budget cuts and severe funding problems, this is not likely to come up high on the list.

Newer shopping centers do a better job of allowing for access.  They have been constructed since the time of sensitivity to handicap accessibility.  Churches, particularly older ones, are often quite guilty of overlooking the needs of their elderly constituents, the number of which keeps escalating in religious organizations.  Remodeling may be costly, but if you wish to invite constituents who require special access, then preparations are necessary.

Automobiles today are often too high for seniors to pull themselves into.  When buying a vehicle, be aware, if you will be transporting older persons, of their needs. Herein lies the issue.  Society may not accommodate all the needs of a disabled person.  That person and his/her care givers must be prepared to deal with the prohibitions that limit the handicapped person from having access.



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