How Aerobics for Seniors Helps to Be Healthy Strong

aerobics for seniors

How Aerobics for Seniors Helps to Be Healthy Strong

Most noteworthy, people 60 and over start to show signs of physiological aging. For example, their gait isn’t as long or as quick as it was when they were younger. Or they get tired sooner. In fact, physiological aging is characterized by a decline in the maximal aerobic capacity of their lungs, and, a decline in their skeletal muscle strength. Consequently, aerobics for seniors helps ward off these declines and helps seniors become and stay healthy.

Maximal Aerobic Capacity

First of all, maximal aerobic capacity is defined as the maximum rate of oxygen consumption during incrementally increasing exercise intensity. In fact, maximal aerobic capacity is an indicator of cardiorespiratory fitness.  Furthermore, the lung’s maximal aerobic capacity determines the intensity and duration of aerobics seniors can tolerate and do.

In addition, the greater the lung’s maximal aerobic capacity, the more intense aerobics seniors can do and do them for longer periods of time. Most of all, outward signs of reduced maximal aerobic capacity appear during aerobics for seniors, when seniors engage in aerobic physical activities. During these aerobic activities, seniors may start running out of breath earlier than when they were younger, or, do the aerobics with lower intensity. Finally, lower maximal aerobic capacity limits senior to functionally perform some physical activities.

Why Maximal Aerobic Capacity is Important for Seniors

Now, sedentary lifestyles cause the maximal aerobic capacity to decrease nearly 44 percent in males and 34 percent in females from the age of 20 to the age of 60. Seniors whose maximal aerobic capacity has dropped significantly become very challenged to autonomously complete activities of daily living. Consequently, it is important for seniors to work at increasing their maximal aerobic capacity.

And one of the most important ways to do that is with aerobics. Aerobics for seniors have been known to increase maximal aerobic capacity by nearly 13 percent in an eight to ten weeks senior aerobic training programs. Senior aerobic training programs of twelve to eighteen weeks have resulted in nearly 14 percent improvement, while 24 to 52 weeks of senior aerobic training has resulted in a nearly 17 percent improvement. Participating in aerobic training program or even doing aerobics independently potentially delays loss of independence. Finally, higher intensity aerobics leads to even greater improvements in maximal aerobic capacity. In fact, an increase of 25 percent is like getting back an estimated 12 years of vigor.

Cardio for Seniors

Cardio or aerobic workouts force the heart and lungs to pump more blood and oxygen to the muscles, brain, and the body. Consequently, cardio for seniors are hugely helpful for their health. In fact, regular cardio workouts cause the entire pulmonary system to increase the lung’s maximum oxygen capacity. Meanwhile, a pulse oximeter is an easy way to actually see and measure the saturation of oxygen in your blood. 

Aerobics for Seniors - Guidelines

Especially relevant, the latest senior aerobic guidelines recommend seniors get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic workout each week. However, if chronic conditions limit seniors to less than 150 minutes, seniors should be as physically active as possible.

In addition, when doing aerobics seniors should raise their heart rate for stretches of 10 minutes.  And in that time, seniors should do either moderately intense or vigorously intense aerobics.

Furthermore, the minimum time for moderately intense cardio is 30 minutes on each of the five days of the week. Moreover, seniors will get even more benefits if they exercise for 60 minutes on each of the five days.

On the other hand, seniors don’t have to do it all in one stretch. Indeed, seniors can break up the 30 minutes into shorter aerobic workouts of at least 10 minutes each. Most of all, only the total time spent on aerobic workouts should be at least 150 minutes per week.

Finally, for less fit adults,  recommendations also encourage the accumulation of relatively hard physical activity in intermittent periods of exercise and physical activity lasting 10 minutes or longer throughout the course of the day.

Aerobics for Seniors – Unstructured Activities

Lastly the 2007 ACSM/AHA guidelines seniors include unstructured approaches to increasing physical movement. These unstructured activities include:

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    Going for a walk after dinner
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    Frequently taking the dog for a walk
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    Walking briskly when doing errands
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    Parking the car as far away from the entrance as possible
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    Taking walking breaks instead of coffee breaks
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    Doing more energetic housework (for example, vacuuming)
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    Using stairs in place of elevators
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    Doing more mall walking
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    Lastly, while watching TV or reading a book, using desk pedals or ellipticals to exercise arms and legs

Subjective Measures of Intensity

As a rule, aerobics for seniors is done at a moderate intensity when the seniors breathing and heart rates are noticeably higher. However, seniors can still carry on a full conversation, except that their breathing may be heavier and or they may be sweating. In addition, on a 10-point scale, with zero being a state of rest, moderate intensity workouts would be a 5 or 6 on the 10-point scale.

As another way to get a grasp of moderate intensity, walking a distance of two miles in 30 to 40 minutes (or a walking speed of 3 to 4 miles per hour) would meet the definition of moderate physical activity.

Aerobics for Seniors

Seniors need just as much exercise as those under age 65. Furthermore, seniors can choose from a wide variety of available workouts. In fact, their choices include, swimming, walking, jogging, water aerobics, ballroom dancing, rowing, bicycling, to name just a few. And if you prefer going to the gym or sports clubs, you have your choice of treadmills, several kinds of elliptical machines, stair climbers, several kinds of cycles, and even rowing machines. Treadmills are great for walking because they provide a cushion for your feet. Elliptical machines, on the other hand, keep your feet grounded to the pedals. As a result, they are good for you back, hips, and knees. Furthermore, you can use spin cycles, upright bikes, or even recumbent bikes that provide back support.

Finally, there are seniors who are unable to walk on their own without the use of walkers or rollators. Now, even though they need help, they can still benefit from walking. However, they need to be mindful of walking on surfaces best suited for walkers or rollators. And, instead of distances, they can focus on the amount of time walked.

Not into Aerobics - Seniors Can Still Get Brain Benefits

The Western University in Ontario, Canada reported in a 2019 study  that even with short burst of reasonably low intense aerobics, seniors can improve their brain health. Researchers found that even only 10 minutes of senior aerobic activity, like walking, on a treadmill improves cognitive functions (such as memory and attention) of seniors. Moreover, these benefits are achievable even by seniors who hadn’t exercised for a long time. The study of 17 seniors, with an average age of 73, found that boost in executive functions, such as planning and organizing, was achievable with aerobic exercise intensities ranging from moderate, heavy, and vigorous levels.

And these benefits are not limited to seniors with high levels of cardio-respiratory fitness. In fact, these benefits are achieved by seniors across a spectrum of senior aerobic intensities as well as across a spectrum of fitness levels. Meanwhile, seniors realize the cognitive benefits almost immediately.

How Many Steps Do the Elderly Need to Be Healthy?

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How Many Steps Do the Elderly Need to Be Healthy?

Most seniors are aware that being active is good for them. While being aware is a good thing, many seniors practice it by walking whenever they can. Moreover, many of them even measure their steps using their cell phones or wearable activity trackers. In addition, some of the more competitive minded, even aim for 10,000 (about five miles) to 15,000 steps rationalizing that the more the better for their health. However, is that really true?

Latest Studies on Steps

In fact, a study published in the May 2019 issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Internal Medicine provided answers. Especially relevant, this study, by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, looked at 17,000 elderly American women. Incidentally, these women were, on average, 72 years old.

Furthermore, for the purpose of the study, these women agreed to clip on wearable activity trackers during their waking hours. Indeed, these activity trackers counted steps and pace for seven days, while they went about their normal day-to-day activities.

Next, the researchers divided the women into four groups:

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    First, group 1 consisted of women who averaged 2,700 steps daily
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    Next, group 2 consisted of women who averaged 4,400 steps or about one to two miles daily
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    Next, group 3 consisted of women who averaged 5,900 steps daily
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    Finally, group 4 consisted of women who averaged 8,500 steps daily

Meanwhile, the study’s average follow-up period was a little over four years. Regrettably, in that period, 500 of the women died.

Findings

Most noteworthy, the study found after the follow-up period of about four years:

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    First, that women who averaged 4,400 steps daily reduced their risk of dying by 41 percent compared to women who averaged 2,700 steps daily
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    Next, that women who averaged 5,900 steps daily reduced their risk of dying by 46 percent compared to women who averaged 2,700 steps daily
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    Next, women who averaged 8,500 steps daily reduced their risk of dying by 58 percent compared to women who averaged 2,700 daily steps
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    Finally, the risk of dying appeared to level off at around 7,500 steps daily. Consequently, doing more steps daily had minimal effect on the risk of dying.

Most noteworthy, researchers found that the pace of walking didn’t make a measurable difference on the risk of dying. Consequently, the women got the same benefits by walking slowly as by walking fast.

Observational Study

Especially relevant, the study was observational. Indeed, the study provided results based on an observational association between the daily step count and risk of dying.

Furthermore, because the study was observational, the study could not provide causality. For example, women could have walked more because they were already healthier. In fact, the study did not determine how or why walking lowered the risk of dying. On the other hand, many other studies show that physical activity:

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    First lowers blood pressure
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    Second, improves blood sugar processing
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    Third, improves cholesterol levels
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    Fourth, results in better thinking
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    Also, improves memory skills
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    Finally, improves quality of life

Takeaway

Most of all, you don’t have to go to the gym to reduce your risk of dying. In fact, you can lower the risk by simply walking 2,700 steps each day. While walking 4,400 steps daily reduces the risk most. Also, because the study showed that risk of dying reaches a plateau, you don’t need to walk 10,000 or 15,000 steps. In fact, just walking 7,500 steps reduces the risk of dying as much as possible.

However, some people are not walkers. For example, they don’t have safe neighborhoods, or they feel unsteady on sidewalks. Consequently, these people need to be creative in getting that physical activity. Perhaps, these people need to go to a gym class or, the swimming pool or, use desk pedals or ellipticals in their home.

Final Observations

First and foremost, the results of the study applies to only elderly women over 65 years of age. While these results may apply to elderly men over 65, more studies are needed. Similarly, the results of this study may not apply to the younger age groups of men and women. Furthermore, whether the results apply to these other groups or not, walking is one of countless ways for all to be active and stay healthy.

Finally, there are seniors who are unable to walk on their own without help from walkers or rollators. Now, even though they need help, they can still benefit from walking. However, they need to be mindful of walking on surfaces best suited for walkers or rollators. And, instead of distances, they can focus on the amount of time walked.

Other Studies on Steps

Meanwhile other studies show similar results. For example, a Canadian study of diabetics showed that improving step count from 5,000 to 6,200 steps daily improved sugar control.

Finally, another study found women in a 24 week walking program reduced their blood pressure by 11 points with 9,000 steps daily.

12 Easy Lower Back Exercises For Seniors To Be Better

Lower Back Exercises for Seniors

12 Easy Lower Back Exercises For Seniors To Be Better

First and foremost, 36 to 70 percent of older adults are estimated to suffer from back pain. Moreover, lower back pain is the most common health problem among these older adults. Moreover, a recent study in England of 4,400 people over 70 reported that those with spinal pain were 13 percent more likely to die each year. Meanwhile, lower back exercises for seniors helps reduce intensity and/or occurrence of low back pain. Also, there are other methods to get relief from back pain that seniors may want to look into. For example, seniors may want to try chi-machines to get relief from back pain. Or, they may want to try vibration platform machines which research says may help lower back pain. Finally, there are back massagers that can help if the pain is in specific areas.

Why do you get Lower Back Pain ?

The primary causes of lower back pain include the following:

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    Lumbar strain
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    Irritation of nerves
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    Lumbar radiculopathy
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    Bony encroachment
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    Condition of bones and joints

Lumbar Strain

First and foremost, a lumbar strain is caused by microscopic tears in the ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the lower back from stretching. Moreover, this common cause occurs most often in people in their 40s from overuse or improper use of the lower back.

Irritation of Nerves

Also, nerves of the lumbar spine can be irritated by mechanical pressure from bones, other tissues, diseases, or inflammation of the nerves by a viral infection like shingles.

Lumbar Radiculopathy

Next, lumbar radiculopathy is usually caused by a compression of the spinal nerve root. Consequently, there is pain in the leg rather than in the lumbar spine. Moreover, the compression or irritation can be due to one of many conditions, including lumbar disc herniation, spinal stenosis, osteophyte formation, spondylolithesis, forminal stenosis, or other degenerative disorders.

Bony Encroachment

Most noteworthy, bony encroachment cause narrowing of the portal through which the spinal nerve passes from the spinal column, out of the spinal canal to the body. And the most common reason for this encroachment is arthritis. Also, other reasons include spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis. Meanwhile, spondylolisthesis is a condition where one vertebra slips relative to another. And, spinal stenosis is a condition where bony spurs or other soft tissues in the spinal canal compress nerve roots or the spinal cord.

Condition of Bones and Joints

Finally, condition of bones and joints may be existing from birth (congenital), from wear and tear, from injury, and inflammation of the joints from arthritis.

Are there Lower Back Exercises for Seniors to Reduce Lumbar Pain ?

In fact, if you are looking for lower back exercises for seniors to get relief from lower back pain, the following are easy to do and many are even recommended by physical therapists.

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    Partial crunches
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    Knee to chest
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    Hamstring stretches
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    Wall sits
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    Press up back extensions
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    Bird dog
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    Child’s Pose
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    Pelvic tilts
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    Glute bridges
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    Lifting weights
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    Aerobic exercises
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    Pilates

Partial Crunches

This workout builds strength in the lower back and stomach muscles. Follow these steps:

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    Lie on your back with feet flat on the floor and knees bent
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    Cross your arms across the chest
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    Next raise your shoulders from the floor while keeping your stomach muscles tight
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    Hold for one second and then lower yourself back to the floor
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    Do ten repetitions

Knee to Chest

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    Lie on your back with feet flat on the floor and knees bent
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    Next, pull up your right knee up to the chest while keeping the left foot flat on the floor
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    Hold for 10 seconds
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    Next, lower your right knee
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    Repeat with the other leg
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    Do five repetitions with each leg

Hamstring Stretches

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    First, lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor
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    Next, straighten the right knee while lifting the right foot towards the ceiling
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    Next, hold the back of your knee and pull leg towards you. As you do this you will feel a pull on the back of your leg
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    Hold for about 30 seconds, then return leg to its starting position
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    Do five repetitions with each leg

Wall Sits

This routine exercises your legs, glutes, and lower back. Follow these steps:

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    First stand with your back against the wall
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    Next, slide down the wall slowly and move your feet out until your upper legs form a right angle with the lower legs. Meanwhile keep your back against the wall.
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    Hold this position for a count of ten
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    Do ten repetitions

Press Up Back Extensions or Cobra Pose

This exercise lengthens the spine and makes your core and lower back flexible. Follow these steps:

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    Lie on your stomach with bent elbows and hands flat on the floor underneath the shoulders. The legs are straight out.
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    Next push with your hands to lift the shoulders off the floor
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    Hold this position for 5 seconds and then go down to starting position
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    If you find it hard to do, place your elbows on the floor directly under your shoulders, with your forearms out in front of you with hands flat on the floor
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    Push up with your elbows and hold position for 5 seconds
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    Do ten repetitions

Bird Dog

This exercise works your abs to stabilize the lower back. Follow these steps:

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    Start in a dog position, with hands flat of the floor and legs below the knees also on the floor
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    Next, tightening your stomach muscles, lift and extend your right leg behind you until the leg is parallel to the floor
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    Keep your neck straight and face the floor
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    Hold for five seconds
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    Repeat with the other leg
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    Do ten repetitions with each leg

Child’s Pose

This exercise stretches muscles of the lower back, as well as the inner thighs. It also, promotes flexibility, stress relief and helps circulation to the muscles, joints, and disks of the back. Follow these steps:

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    Start by sitting on the floor with your knees and feet
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    Next, slowly bend forward until your head touches the floor
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    Now, stretch your arms out beyond your head
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    Hold position for 10 seconds
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    Do five repetitions

Pelvic Tilts

This workout strengthens your pelvis. Follow these steps:

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    Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor
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    Next, imagine pulling your belly button to the floor. This will lift your hips.
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    Hold for 10 seconds
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    Do ten repetitions

Glute Bridges

This workout strengthens your pelvis. Follow these steps:

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    Lie with your back on the floor, knees bent and heels on the floor
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    Next, squeeze your glutes or your pelvic muscles to lift your hips until your shoulders, hips and knees form a straight line
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    Hold this position for 10 seconds
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    Slowly bring your back down on the floor
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    Do ten repetitions

Lifting Weights

Lifting weights can strengthen your lower back muscles. However, ask a physical therapist or a trainer to show the right technique. Also, if you feel pain, talk to your medical professional.

Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic exercises like biking, swimming, and walking (either outdoors on on a treadmill) improve your cardiovascular system. However, don’t jog or run because their impact can make your lower back worse.

Pilates

Pilates can help low back pain. However, unless you are familiar with Pilates, learn how to do them correctly from an instructor at your local fitness club.

Are there Lower Back Exercises for Seniors to Avoid ?

Most of all, as you look at other lower back exercises for seniors to use, avoid the following.

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    Standing toe touches
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    Sit ups
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    Crunches
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    Leg lifts
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    High impact exercises such as step aerobics, running, basketball
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    Lifting weights above your head
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    Putting weight on your shoulders. For example, weighted squats put pressure on the spinal discs.
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    Spinning bike or biking while leaning forward

Are there Home Remedies for Lower Back Pain ?

Meanwhile, lower back exercises for seniors to use can be augmented with home remedies, such as the ones listed below

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    Using heat and cold
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    Use pain-relief cream
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    Use arnica
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    Switch shoes
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    Make changes to your work desk
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    Get enough sleep
  7. 7
    Reduce stress

Using Heat and Cold

First, applying an ice pack, wrapped in a towel, directly to the back can reduce inflammation. Also, a heating pad can provide relief. However, to prevent burns, make sure the heating pad is not too hot.

Use Pain Relief Cream

Next, creams containing capsaicin may help relieve pain. In fact, a study found that capsaicin is helpful for treating osteoarthritis pain.

Also, pain-relief creams with menthol have a cooling effect to temporarily dull back pain.

Use Arnica

Arnica is a homeopathic remedy that can be applied directly to the skin to treat muscle pain.

Switch Shoes

In addition, some shoes can cause muscle strain in the back and legs. So, try switching shoes that fit well. Meanwhile, a foot specialist may be able to help you get the right kind of shoe.

Change your Work Desk

Improper posture, from slouching or straining, at a desk can cause back pain. For example, the computer screen should be at eye level with the chair at the correct height.

Get Enough Sleep

Disturbed sleep can make back pain worse. Also, insufficient sleep can reduce tolerance for pain. Moreover, guidelines recommend getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep.

Reduce Stress

Finally, stress can trigger muscle tension in the back. So, take steps to reduce stress.

Best Walkers for Seniors to Be Active and Get Around in 2020

7 Best Walkers for Seniors to Be Active and Get Around to do Chores in 2020

Most of all, this article reviews best walkers for seniors or the elderly who need help getting around to do everyday things. For example, these seniors may have multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, or Parkinson’s. Furthermore, some may have arthritis in their knees or hips. Or, they may have musculoskeletal problems.

By the way, these best walkers for seniors can also help seniors get some exercise. In addition, seniors can also use rolling walkers, also known as rollators. Furthermore, these walkers have two wheels in the front. As a result, it makes it easier for the elderly to roll their walkers forward while slightly lifting the back.

As you review the walkers, it helps to gather the following information about your situation to determine which walker is best for your needs.

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    First, your weight in pounds.
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    Second, the height, in inches, from the floor to the bend of your wrist.
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    Next, the side-to-side width, in inches, of your hips.
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    Finally, the smallest width, in inches, of doors, hallways, and other passage ways in your house or other places through which the walker will have to go through.

Quick Answer: Walkers So Seniors Can Do Things in 2020

Table of Contents

Review of Walkers

Editor’s Choice of Best Walkers for Seniors 

2. Drive Deluxe
7. Vaunn

Comparison of Best Walkers for Seniors

Walker

Weight (lbs)

Handles

Width

Folded Size

Walker Weight (lbs)

A/A+ Feedback

1-5 Rating

1. Able

400

32” - 39.5”

22”

32” x 5” x 7”

7.5

88%

4.8

2. Drive Deluxe

350

32” - 39”

24”

32” x 24” x 5”

7.5

92%

5.0

3. Drive Trigger

350

31” - 39”

25”

32” x 25” x 5”

7

90%

4.5

4. Healthline

250

25.5” - 32.5”

22”

32” x 22” x 5”

6

82%

4.7

5. Medline

500

33.5” - 43.25”

29.5”

33.5” x 29.5” x 4.5”

12

87%

4.4

6. OasisSpace

350

29.5” - 39”

24”

19.7” x 17.1” x 5”

6.5

87%

4.6

7. Vaunn

300

30” - 37”

23”

18” x 21” x 5”

6

86%

4.9

1. Able

Able Life Space Saver Walker, Height Adjustable Portable Walker with Fixed Wheels for Seniors

best walkers

Features

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    First, these walkers for seniors are usable by anyone weighing up to 400 pounds.
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    Next, the two 6-inch wheels provide stability by rotating in one plane. However, for convenience in tuning, swivel wheels are sold separately.
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    By the way, the rear feet glide easily.
  4. 4
    In addition, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handles is adjustable from 32 inches to 38.5 inches. Moreover, this adjustment can be made with the touch of a finger.
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    Also, the walker is 18 inches deep from front to back.
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    Next, when fully extended, the two front wheels are 22 inches apart.
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    In addition, to fold the walker, simply lift the knob on the cross bar.
  8. 8
    Furthermore, when folded, the walker is 32 inches high, 5 inches wide, and 7 inches deep.
  9. 9
    And, it weighs only 7.5 pounds.
  10. 10
    Because of the walker’s compact size, when folded, it can be easily stored in a closet, in your car, in a shopping cart, or even the overhead bin of an airplane.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, walker is easy to fold by simply lifting knob on the cross bar.
  2. 2
    Also, it's compact size, when folded, make it easy to store in a closet, a car, a shopping car, or even the overhead bin of an airplane.

2. Drive Deluxe

Drive Medical Deluxe Two Button Folding Walker

best walkers for seniors

Features

  1. 1
    First, these walkers for seniors are usable by anyone weighing up to 350 pounds.
  2. 2
    Next, the two 5-inch wheels are firmly attached to the frame.
  3. 3
    By the way, the rear glide caps allow the walker to glide easily and smoothly on many surfaces.
  4. 4
    In addition, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handles is adjustable from 32 inches to 39 inches. Moreover, this adjustment can be made by pressing push buttons, on the legs, and either pulling the legs apart for greater height or pushing them together for a lower height.
  5. 5
    Meanwhile, the vinyl contoured hand grips are 17 inches apart from each other.
  6. 6
    Also, the walker is 17.5 inches deep from front to back.
  7. 7
    In addition, the outer edges of the two wheels are 24 inches apart. However, to further reduce the width, the wheels can also be attached on the inside of the frame.
  8. 8
    Furthermore, the inside edges of the back legs are 20 inches apart.
  9. 9
    Most of all, each side operates independently. As a result, it is easy to move the walker through narrow spaces. Also, you get greater stability while standing.
  10. 10
    Meanwhile, the push-button mechanism, operated by fingers, makes it easy to fold the walker.
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    Also, when folded, the walker is 32 inches high, 24 inches wide, and about 5 inches deep.
  12. 12
    And, it weighs only 7.5 pounds.
  13. 13
    Because of the walker’s compact size, when folded, it can be easily stored in a closet or in your car.
  14. 14
    Finally, the 1-inch diameter aluminum construction provides maximum strength while remaining lightweight.

PROS

  1. 1
    Because each side operates independently, it is easy to move the walker through narrow spaces.
  2. 2
    Also, the finger operated push-button mechanism, makes it easy to fold the walker.
  3. 3
    In addition, the folded walker’s compact size makes it easy to store in a closet or in your car.
  4. 4
    Finally, the 1-inch diameter aluminum construction provides maximum strength.

3. Drive Trigger

Drive Medical Trigger Release Folding Walker

Drive Trigger Walker

Features

  1. 1
    First, these walkers for seniors are usable by anyone weighing up to 350 pounds.
  2. 2
    Next, the two 5-inch wheels are firmly attached to the frame.
  3. 3
    By the way, the rear glide caps and glide covers allow use on all surfaces.
  4. 4
    In addition, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handles is adjustable from 32 inches to 39 inches. Moreover, this adjustment can be made by pressing push buttons, on the legs, and either pulling the legs apart for greater height or pushing them together for a lower height.
  5. 5
    Meanwhile, the deluxe soft ribbed contoured hand grips are 18 inches apart from each other.
  6. 6
    Also, the walker is 16.75 inches deep from front to back.
  7. 7
    In addition, the outer edges of the two wheels are 25 inches apart. However, to further reduce the width, the wheels can also be attached on the inside of the frame.
  8. 8
    Furthermore, the inside edges of the back legs are 20.75 inches apart.
  9. 9
    Meanwhile, the trigger release allows the user to close walker without removing their hands from the handle. By the way, this helps those with limited finger dexterity.
  10. 10
    Also, when folded, the walker is 32 inches high, 25 inches wide, and about 5” inches deep.
  11. 11
    And, it weighs only 7 pounds.
  12. 12
    Because of the walker’s compact size, when folded, it can be easily stored in a closet or in your car.
  13. 13
    Next, the sturdy 1-inch diameter anodized extruded aluminum construction ensures maximum strength while remaining lightweight.
  14. 14
    Finally, the walker comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, the trigger release allows the user to close walker without removing their hands from the handle. By the way, this helps those with limited finger dexterity.
  2. 2
    Also, the folded walker’s compact size makes it easy to store in a closet or in your car.
  3. 3
    In addition, the 1-inch diameter aluminum construction provides maximum strength.
  4. 4
    Finally, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

4. HEALTHLINE

HEALTHLINE Junior Folding Walker with Wheels - Lightweight Deluxe 2 Button Folding Walker with 5-inch Wheels - Adjustable Medical Pediatric Small Aluminum Front Wheeled Walker for Seniors & Children

best walkers for seniors

Features

  1. 1
    First, these walkers for seniors are usable by anyone weighing up to 250 pounds.
  2. 2
    Next, the two 5-inch wheels, in the front, are firmly attached to the frame.
  3. 3
    By the way, the rear glide caps allow for easy movement of the walker.
  4. 4
    In addition, for the convenience and comfort of both tall and short users, the height of the handles is adjustable from 25.5 inches to 32.5 inches. Moreover, this adjustment can be made by pressing push buttons, on the legs, and either pulling the legs apart for greater height or pushing them together for a lower height.
  5. 5
    Meanwhile, the two rubberized ribbed hand grips are 18 inches from each other and helps to keep your hands from slipping.
  6. 6
    Next, the outer edges of the front two wheels are 22 inches apart.
  7. 7
    Also, the inside edges of the back legs are 19.5 inches apart, while the outside edges of the back legs are 22.5 inches apart.
  8. 8
    Meanwhile, two comfy conveniently located buttons allow the user to fold the walker.
  9. 9
    Also, when folded, the walker is, up to, 32.5 inches high, 22 inches wide, and about 5” deep.
  10. 10
    And, it weighs less than six pounds.
  11. 11
    Because of the walker’s compact size, when folded, it can be easily stored in a closet or in your car.
  12. 12
    Next, the sturdy 1-inch wide anodized extruded aluminum construction ensures maximum strength while remaining lightweight.
  13. 13
    Also, the U-shaped frame helps the walker while standing.
  14. 14
    Finally, no tools needed for assembly.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, the two comfortable conveniently located buttons allow the user to fold the walker.
  2. 2
    Also, the folded walker’s compact size makes it easy to store in a closet or in your car.
  3. 3
    In addition, the 1-inch diameter aluminum construction provides maximum strength.
  4. 4
    Finally, the U-shaped frame helps the walker while standing.

CONS

  1. 1
    However, to reduce the width, it's not clear if the wheels can be mounted on the inside.

5. Medline

Medline Heavy Duty Bariatric Folding Walker

best walkers for seniors

Features

  1. 1
    First, these walkers for seniors are usable by anyone weighing up to 500 pounds.
  2. 2
    Next, the two 5-inch bariatric wheels, on each of the two front legs, are firmly attached to the frame.
  3. 3
    In addition, for the convenience and comfort of both tall and short users, the height of the handles is adjustable from 33.5 inches to 43.25 inches. Moreover, this adjustment can be made by pressing push buttons, on the legs, and either pulling the legs apart for greater height or pushing them together for a lower height. By the way, this walker is designed for those with height ranging from five feet five inches to six feet four inches.
  4. 4
    Meanwhile, to accommodate large users, the two durable PVC plastic handles are 20 inches from each other.
  5. 5
    Next, the outer edges of the front two wheels are 29.5 inches apart.
  6. 6
    Also, the inside edges of the back legs are 20.5 inches apart.
  7. 7
    Meanwhile, the two conveniently located buttons on the top cross bar allows the user to fold the walker and help move through narrow spaces.
  8. 8
    Also, when folded, the walker is, up to, 33.5 inches high, 29.5 inches wide, and 4.5 inches deep or thick.
  9. 9
    And, it weighs less than 12 pounds.
  10. 10
    Next, the aluminum frame with two front cross bars and dual side braces provide durability.
  11. 11
    Finally, it comes with 6 months parts and a limited frame warranty.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, two conveniently located buttons on the top cross bar allows the user to fold the walker and help move through narrow spaces.
  2. 2
    Also, it comes with 6 months parts and a limited frame warranty.

6. OasisSpace

OasisSpace Compact Folding Walker

best walkers for seniors

Features

  1. 1
    First, these walkers for seniors are usable by anyone weighing up to 350 pounds.
  2. 2
    Second, the rear legs use plastic skis to reduce friction with ground. Consequently, the walker rolls smoothly over the ground. Furthermore, the self-stick felt sheets, glued to the bottom of the skis protect hardwood and tile floors from fine scratches.
  3. 3
    Third, the height of the handles is adjustable from 29.5 inches to 39 inches. Moreover, this adjustment can be made by pressing push buttons, on the legs, and either pulling the legs apart for greater height or pushing them together for a lower height.
  4. 4
    Also, the two deluxe soft ribbed contoured hand grips are 19.6 inches apart from each other.
  5. 5
    In addition, the walker is 19.7 inches deep from front to back.
  6. 6
    Next, the outer edges of the front two wheels are 24 inches apart. While, mounting the front wheels on the inside lowers the outer edges to 20.5 inches.
  7. 7
    Furthermore, the outside edges of the back legs are 21.3 inches apart.
  8. 8
    Meanwhile, the trigger release allows the user to release, fold, or close walker in one action.
  9. 9
    Also, each side, of the walker, operates independently, so it is much safer when you go through narrow spaces and provides greater stability while standing.
  10. 10
    In addition, when folded, the walker is 17.1 inches long ,19.7 inches wide, and about 5” deep. Consequently, it fits in airline overhead bin bags, small closet spaces, or in your car.
  11. 11
    And, it weighs less 6.5 pounds.
  12. 12
    Also, the medical grade 7 series anodized 1.13 mm thick aluminum frame construction ensures maximum strength.
  13. 13
    Finally, the walker is FDA approved.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, the trigger release allows user to release, fold, or close walker in one action.
  2. 2
    Also, each side operates independently. Consequently, it is much safer to move through narrow spaces and provides greater stability while standing.
  3. 3
    In addition, the medical grade 7 series anodized 1.13 mm thick aluminum frame construction ensures maximum strength.
  4. 4
    Finally, this walker received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

7. Vaunn

Vaunn Medical Two Button Folding Walker with Wheels, Adjustable Height and Detachable Legs

best walkers for seniors

Features

  1. 1
    First, these walkers for seniors are usable by anyone weighing up to 300 pounds.
  2. 2
    Second, the two 5-inch rollator wheels, in the front, are firmly attached to the frame.
  3. 3
    Next, the rear slip resistant rubber glider caps allow the user to move and slide walker easily and smoothly over most surfaces.
  4. 4
    Also, for the convenience and comfort of both tall and short users, the height of the handles is adjustable from 30 inches to 37 inches. Moreover, this adjustment can be made by pressing push buttons, on the legs, and either pulling the legs apart for greater height or pushing them together for a lower height.
  5. 5
    In addition, the two vinyl contoured hand grips help to keep your hands from slipping.
  6. 6
    Furthermore, the walker is 19.5 inches deep from front to back.
  7. 7
    Next, the outer edges of the two front wheels are 23 inches apart.
  8. 8
    Meanwhile, the conveniently located two button fast push release system makes it easy to open and close the walker.
  9. 9
    Furthermore, each side, of the walker, operates independently. Consequently, the walker is much safer when you go through narrow spaces and provides greater stability while standing.
  10. 10
    Also, when folded, the walker is 18 inches long, 21 inches wide, and 5 inches deep. Therefore, it can be easily moved in and out of cars, stored in a closet, or in a medium to large suitcase.
  11. 11
    And, it weighs six pounds.
  12. 12
    Finally, the highly durable anodized aluminum construction ensures maximum strength while remaining lightweight.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, the conveniently located two button fast push release system makes it easy to open and close the walker.
  2. 2
    Also, each side operates independently. Consequently, it is much safer to move through narrow spaces and provides greater stability while standing.
  3. 3
    Finally, the highly durable anodized aluminum construction ensures maximum strength.

CONS

  1. 1
    However, to reduce width, it's not clear if the wheels can be mounted on the inside.

Buyer's Guide for Walkers

What Walker Height Should I Look For?

First, wear the shoes you are most likely to wear when using the walker. Next, stand straight with your arms hanging loosely by your sides. Now, measure the distance from the crease in your wrist (this is where your wrist bends) to the floor.

So, the desired height for a walker is where the top of the  handles line up with the crease in your wrists. Now, when the arms are holding the handles, the elbows will be about 15 degrees. By the way, the arm is strongest in this position for pushing down. However, if the shoulders are elevated, the walker is too high. Also, people using a walker often push it too far ahead of them and thus walk bent over.

Furthermore, you want to select a walker whose height can be adjusted so that the handle is at least an inch lower and an inch higher than the desired height. Moreover, walkers that are too low cause you to stoop over while you walk, which impedes proper body mechanics. Regrettably, if your walker is at the wrong height, you will be prone to aches and pains.

Why is the Width Important?

Next if you are going to use the walker in the home, you need to measure the width of all the doorways and hallways you will walk through. Most of all, don't forget the bathroom doors, because they tend to have the smallest width. By the way, when you measure the doorway opening, measure the distance between edge of the door protruding into the passageway near the hinges to the opposite side of the door passageway. Consequently, your best walker for seniors has to fit through the smallest hallway or doorway.

Also, the distance between the handles should be comfortably greater than the side to side width of your body around your hips.

Why is the Wheel Size Important?

Now, 3 to 5 inch-diameter wheels are best for indoor use. While, 6 inches or more diameter wheels can work both indoors and outdoors.

Foldability

Also, walkers need to be easily foldable. And, if they are, they can be easily stored in a closet, in a car, or even in the overhead bin of an airplane.

Fixed or Swivel Front Wheels?

By the way, front wheels that don't swivel have advantages. For example, walkers with fixed front wheels provide stability if they are used to go up or down staircases. Similarly, they provide stability when getting up or sitting down from a chair or couch. On, the other hand, walkers with swivel front wheels make it easy to turn the walker.

Remember: Maintenance Will Be Required

Finally, all parts of a walker should be checked at least weekly for damage or wear. If anything seems to be wrong, fix it before the walker is used again. Examine the frame, handles and joints. In fact, walker wheels or handles may need replacing after about a year. So be sure that replacement parts are readily available.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who is the Walker For?

By the way, the best walkers for seniors is not limited to just seniors. These walkers can be used by the following:

  1. 1
    Seniors
  2. 2
    Adults or children
  3. 3
    People of any height
  4. 4
    Those who are disabled
  5. 5
    Those in rehab

Why Would You Want a Walker?

First and foremost, to be the best walker for seniors it has to help with the following physiological conditions.

  1. 1
    First, you may want to decrease the pain and discomfort when walking without any aide.
  2. 2
    Second, your ability to carry your weight with your legs has fallen. In fact, you can’t rely on your legs to stand and are afraid of falling.
  3. 3
    Third, you may have fractures that are healing or are not healing.
  4. 4
    Fourth, you may have wounds on the feet and lower legs that are healing slowly.
  5. 5
    Fifth, you may have arthritis-related pain.
  6. 6
    Sixth, you may be having pain due to poor circulation.
  7. 7
    Seventh, you may have had hip surgery and need to be careful.
  8. 8
    Or, you may have had amputation and need to hop or walk with a prosthesis.
  9. 9
    Also, you may get tired easily because of respiratory conditions or shortness of breath.
  10. 10
    In addition, you may not be physically fit after an extended illness.
  11. 11
    Next, you may have systemic conditions such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinsons.
  12. 12
    Also, you may have become frail from normal aging.
  13. 13
    Or, you have poor balance due to neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, diabetic neuropathy, low blood pressure, dizziness, or inner ear disturbances.
  14. 14
    In addition, a cane doesn't provide enough support.
  15. 15
    Furthermore, you may be experiencing weakness.
  16. 16
    Finally, you may have slow reflexes to changes in body position or body sway.

What are the Benefits of a Walker?

  1. 1
    First, they give you a bit of independence and not have to rely on someone for basic needs.
  2. 2
    Second, if you have balance issues, walkers make walking safer.
  3. 3
    Also, because walkers provide support, you can go for longer walks and thus get more exercise.
  4. 4
    Finally, getting some independence, builds up your self-confidence, and brings you satisfaction.

What are the Downsides?

First and foremost, it’s important to learn how to safely use the walkers. Now, 129 Americans older than 65 were treated in emergency rooms every day for falls using walkers and canes. By the way, this data was collected between 2001 to 2006. Also, 87 percent of the elderly falls were from using the walkers. In addition, 78 percent of the walker related injuries happened to women. Moreover, many of the injuries were fractures. So proper and safe use of walkers is essential. Therefore, seniors over 65 years should do the following.

  1. 1
    First, participate in a regular exercise program.
  2. 2
    Second, review medications with their doctor.
  3. 3
    Third, have regular eye checkups.
  4. 4
    Also, make their home environment as safe as possible.
  5. 5
    Most of all, select a walker that suits you in terms of design, fit, and feel.
  6. 6
    Finally, learn how to use the walker properly with the help of a physical therapist.

How to Get Up On a Walker?

  1. 1
    First, sit as comfortably as you can on the edge of your chair.
  2. 2
    Next, keep your toes in line with the edge of your chair.
  3. 3
    Next, place both of your hands on the chair. Or, you can put one hand on the chair and the other hand on the walker.
  4. 4
    Now, lean forward until some of your body weight is on your feet.
  5. 5
    Next, use only your legs to stand. Moreover, use your arms to only lift yourself if your legs cannot.
  6. 6
    Now, put each hand on each of the walker's two handles.
  7. 7
    However, do not move forward until you are certain about your balance.
  8. 8
    Finally, step forward and walk.

How to Sit with a Walker?

  1. 1
    First, move yourself to stand with your back to the chair with the walker in front of you.
  2. 2
    Next, touch the back of your legs to the chair so you know the chair is right behind you.
  3. 3
    Now, move your weaker leg forward as you shift weight to your stronger leg.
  4. 4
    Next, switch your hands from the walker to the arms on the chair.
  5. 5
    Then, slowly sit down in the chair.

How to Go Up Stairs?

While, it is preferable to live in a place without stairs, some don't have that choice.

  1. 1
    First, turn the walker sideways so the crossbar is next to you.
  2. 2
    Next, put the front legs of the walker on the step above you.
  3. 3
    Now, hold the walker with one hand and the stair handrail with the other.
  4. 4
    Next, supporting your weight evenly between the handrail and the walker, step up with your stronger leg.
  5. 5
    Now, bring your weaker leg up.
  6. 6
    Next, repeat from step 2.

How to Go Down Stairs?

  1. 1
    First, turn the walker sideways so the crossbar is next to you.
  2. 2
    Next, holding the walker with one hand and the handrail with the other, put the back legs of the walker on the step below you.
  3. 3
    Now, support your weight on your stronger leg and step down with your weaker leg.
  4. 4
    Next, supporting your weight evenly between the handrail and the walker, slowly bring your good leg down.
  5. 5
    Now repeat from step 2.

How to Go Down a Curb?

  1. 1
    First, walk up close to the edge of the curb.
  2. 2
    Next, place the walker down on the ground below.
  3. 3
    Now, step down with the weaker leg.
  4. 4
    Finally, push down on the walker with your hands and step down with the stronger leg.

How to Go Up a Curb?

  1. 1
    First, walk up close to the curb.
  2. 2
    Next, place the walker up on the curb.
  3. 3
    Now, push down on the walker with your hands and step up with the stronger leg.
  4. 4
    Finally, step up with the weaker leg.

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7 Best Rollators for Seniors to be Active and Independent in 2020

7 Best Rollators for Seniors to be Active and Independent in 2020

Most of all, this article reviews best rollators for seniors, also known as rolling walkers for seniors or the elderly who need help getting around to do everyday things. For example, these seniors may have multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, or musculoskeletal problems. Furthermore, some may have arthritis in their knees or hips. Or, they may have balance issues. By the way, these best rollators for seniors can also help seniors get some exercise. In addition, seniors can also use regular walker aids.

As you review the rollators or rolling walkers, it helps to gather the following information about yourself to determine which rollator is best for your needs. By the way, how this information helps in selecting the best rollator is described at the end of this review.

  1. 1
    First, your weight in pounds.
  2. 2
    Second, the height, in inches, from the floor to the bend of your wrist.
  3. 3
    Next, the smallest width, in inches, of doors, hallways, and other passage ways in your house or other places through which the rollator will have to go through.
  4. 4
    Also, if you plan to use it only indoors, outdoors, or both.
  5. 5
    Finally, the hip to hip width of you seat in inches.

Quick Answer: Best Rollators for Seniors to be Active in 2020

Table of Content

Review of Rollators for Seniors

Editor’s Choice of Best Rollators for Seniors

2. Drive Nitro

Comparison of Best Rollators for Seniors

Rollator

Max Weight (lbs)

Handle Height

Width

Seat Height

Seat Width

Wheel Diameter

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1-5 Rating

1. Drive Aluminum

300

32" - 37"

24.5”

20”

14”

6”

89%

4.9

2. Drive Nitro

300

33.5" - 38.25"

23”

20.5”

18”

10”

93%

5.0

3. Medline

250

31" - 35"

17.5”

20.5”

11.5”

6”

83%

4.4

4. Drive Medical

300

31" - 37"

23.5”

21”

15”

7.5"

84%

4.8

5. NOVA Traveler

250

33.25" - 37"

23.5”

No seat

No seat

8"

88%

4.7

6. ProBasics Transport

250

34.75" - 39"

24”

21.75”

14.5”

8"

86%

4.6

7. Vive Rollator

300

31" - 36"

+18”

21”

18”

8"

83%

4.5

1. Drive Aluminum

Drive Medical Aluminum Walker Fold Up and Removable Back Support

drive aluminum rolling walker
drive aluminum rolling walker folded

Functional Features of Rollators for Seniors

  1. 1
    First, the Drive aluminum rolator is usable by anyone weighing up to 300 pounds.
  2. 2
    Also, it's removable, hinged, and padded backrest can be folded up when needed or down when not.
  3. 3
    In addition, the four 6-inch diameter caster non-marking wheels allow the rollator to be used both indoors and outdoors.
  4. 4
    Next, padded seat comes with a zippered pouch underneath the seat for added privacy and security of personal items.
  5. 5
    Also, the hand operated serrated brakes can be used to slow down the rollator.
  6. 6
    Meanwhile, the ergonomic handles are easy to grip, relieve hand pressure, and adjustable to user’s height.
  7. 7
    In addition, it has easy to use deluxe loop locks.
  8. 8
    And, rollator folds easily for transportation or storage.
  9. 9
    Finally, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Physical Features

  1. 1
    First, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handles is independently adjustable from 32 inches to 37 inches.
  2. 2
    Also, the rollator is 27.5 inches deep from front to back.
  3. 3
    In addition, when fully extended, the two front wheels are 24.5 inches apart. By the way, the front wheels are free to turn in any direction you want to go.
  4. 4
    Meanwhile, the padded seat is 14 inches wide, 12 inches deep, and 20 inches above the floor.
  5. 5
    Finally, rollator weighs 13 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, backrest can be folded up when needed.
  2. 2
    Second, it has a zippered pouch under the seat for your personal items.
  3. 3
    Finally, there is a limited lifetime warranty.

2. Drive Nitro

Drive Medical Nitro Euro Style Red Rollator Walker

Drive Nitro Rollators for seniors

Functional Features of Rollators for Seniors

  1. 1
    First, Nitro rollator is usable by anyone weighing up to 300 pounds.
  2. 2
    Also, the height of the back support is easily adjusted or removed with the tool-free thumb screw.
  3. 3
    In addition, it's caster fork design enhances turning radius. Furthermore, the large 10-inch diameter front wheels are crafted to increase turning radius.
  4. 4
    Next, the durable and comfortable nylon seat comes with a sleek removable zippered storage bag located below and behind the seat.
  5. 5
    Also, pulling both hand operated brake levers, allows you to slow down the rollator. Furthermore, pressing down on the brake levers locks the rollator.
  6. 6
    Meanwhile, the handles are adjustable to user’s height by pressing buttons on the frame and pulling up or pushing down the handles.
  7. 7
    Next, it is easy to collapse the rollator to ultra-compact size with one hand. In fact, pulling on the seat grip brings the sides together so that the handles almost touch. Meanwhile, the plastic clip holds the Nitro closed when the frame is folded.
  8. 8
    Finally, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty on the frame and a five-year limited warranty on the brakes and handle housing.

Physical Features

  1. 1
    First, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handles is independently adjustable from 33.5 inches to 38.25 inches. In fact, handle height is easily adjusted using the push buttons located on the frame.
  2. 2
    Next, the rollator is 33.5 inches high.
  3. 3
    Also, the rollator is 27.75 inches deep from front to back.
  4. 4
    In addition, when fully extended, the two front wheels are 23 inches apart. By the way, the front wheels are free to turn in any direction you want to go.
  5. 5
    Meanwhile, the seat is 18 inches wide, 10 inches deep, and 20.5 inches above the floor.
  6. 6
    Next, rollator weighs 17.5 pounds.
  7. 7
    Finally, the rollator has a lightweight aluminum frame.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, the large 10" front wheels increase turning radius.
  2. 2
    Second, the zippered storage bag underneath the seat is removable.
  3. 3
    Also, it is easy to collapse the rollator to an ultra-compact size with one hand.
  4. 4
    Finally, the rollator comes with a limited lifetime warranty on the frame and a five-year limited warranty on the brakes and handle housing.

3. Medline

Medline Aluminum Rollator Walker with Seat, Folding Mobility Rolling Walker

Medline Rolling Walker
Medline rolling walker resized

Functional Features of Rollators for Seniors

  1. 1
    First, the Medline rollator is usable by anyone weighing up to 250 pounds.
  2. 2
    Also, it has four smooth-rolling 6-inch diameter casters.
  3. 3
    In addition, the rollator can be used both indoors and outdoors.
  4. 4
    Furthermore, it has a padded backrest for support when sitting.
  5. 5
    Next, the padded seat has a storage bag underneath it.
  6. 6
    Also, it has lockable handbrakes that are easy to operate. Moreover, the handbrakes lock easily to protect those who are at risk for falling.
  7. 7
    In fact, you push down on the easy-to-operate loop-style handbrakes when you want to brake and pull up to release.
  8. 8
    Moreover, it folds flat for easy storage and transportation.
  9. 9
    Finally, the rollator comes with a limited warranty that it is free of defects. However, the warranty does not cover non-durable components like rubber accessories, casters, and hand grips.

Physical Features

  1. 1
    First, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handlebars is adjustable from 31 inches to 35 inches. In fact, the handlebar height is easily adjusted using knobs located on the handlebars and pulling up or pushing down the handle grips.
  2. 2
    Also, the two handle grips are 17.5 inches apart.
  3. 3
    In addition, rollator is 31 to 35 inches high.
  4. 4
    Meanwhile, the seat is 20.5 inches above the floor.
  5. 5
    Also, it has a strong aluminum frame.
  6. 6
    Finally, the rollator weighs 14 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, it has a storage bag underneath the seat.
  2. 2
    Also, it folds flat for easy storage and transportation.
  3. 3
    Finally, the rollator comes with a limited warranty.

CONS

  1. 1
    However, the warranty does not cover non-durable components like rubber accessories, casters, and hand grips.

4. Drive Medical

Drive Medical Four Wheel Walker Rollator

drive 4 walker
drive 4 folded

Functional Features of Rollators for Seniors

  1. 1
    First, the rollator walker is usable by anyone weighing up to 300 pounds.
  2. 2
    Also, the removable, hinged, and padded backrest can be folded up when needed or down when not.
  3. 3
    In addition, four 7.5-inch diameter non-marking wheels allow the rollator to be used both indoors and outdoors.
  4. 4
    Next, basket can be used to store personal items.
  5. 5
    Also, the hand brakes can be used to slow down the rollator or pushed down to lock rollator in place.
  6. 6
    In addition, it has, easy to use, deluxe loop locks.
  7. 7
    Moreover, rollator folds easily for transportation or storage.
  8. 8
    Finally, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Physical Features

  1. 1
    First, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handles is independently adjustable from 31 inches to 37 inches. Moreover, the easy turn levers allow for independent adjustment of handle heights.
  2. 2
    Also, the rollator is 25.5 inches deep from front to back.
  3. 3
    In addition, when fully extended, the two front wheels are 23.5 inches apart. By the way, the front wheels are free to turn in any direction you want to go.
  4. 4
    Meanwhile, the durable, padded seat is 15 inches wide, 8.5 inches deep, and 21 inches above the floor.
  5. 5
    Next, rollator weighs 20 pounds.
  6. 6
    Finally, the rollator has a durable steel frame construction.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, backrest can be folded up when needed.
  2. 2
    Also, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

CONS

  1. 1
    However, there is no storage pouch for personal items that can be closed.

5. NOVA Traveler

NOVA Traveler 3 Wheel Rollator Walker

Nova rollators for seniors
Folded Nova rolators for seniors

Functional Features of Rollators for Seniors

  1. 1
    First, the Nova rollator walker is usable by anyone weighing up to 250 pounds.
  2. 2
    Also, this rollator can be used by anyone from 5’4’’ to 6’2” tall.
  3. 3
    In addition, the 8-inch diameter rugged wheels have a 1.75-inch wide base for durable all-terrain use.
  4. 4
    Consequently, they are great for indoor and outdoor use while making the ride smooth and stable.
  5. 5
    Next, the comfort-molded durable hand grips have feather-touch hand brakes for maximum comfort and control. Furthermore, parking or locking the brakes takes just a gentle push downward on the lever and a pull upwards to release the brakes.
  6. 6
    Finally, it comes with a lifetime limited warranty on the frame and 5-year warranty on the brakes.

Physical Features

  1. 1
    First, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handles is independently adjustable from 33.25 inches to 37 inches. In fact, handle height is easily adjusted using knobs located on the handle frame and pulling up or pushing down the handles.
  2. 2
    Next, the two handles are 12 inches apart.
  3. 3
    Also, rollator is 24.5 inches deep from front to back.
  4. 4
    In addition, when fully extended, the two rear wheels are 23.5 inches apart. By the way, the front wheel is free to turn in any direction you want to go.
  5. 5
    Meanwhile, the removable front wire basket is 9.5 inches wide, 8 inches deep, and 9.5 inches high. Also, wire basket is covered by a removable plastic tray.
  6. 6
    Next, the large removable zippered storage pouch is 11.75 inches wide, 9 inches deep, and 11.75 inches high.
  7. 7
    Also, when folded, the rollator is 26.5 inches wide, 9.95 inches deep, and 33 to 37.25 inches high. By the way, it folds in just seconds and stays standing in a folded position making it so easy to roll and park just about anywhere.
  8. 8
    Finally, the rollator weighs 16.5 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, this all-terrain rollator makes the ride smooth and stable.
  2. 2
    Also, there is a removable zippered storage pouch.
  3. 3
    Finally, it comes with a lifetime limited warranty on the frame and 5-year warranty on the brakes.

CONS

  1. 1
    However, there is no seat for the user to rest on.

6. ProBasics Transport

ProBasics Transport Walker with Seat and Wheels - Folding Walker and Transport Chair

ProBasics Rollator & Wheelchair

Functional Features of Rollators for Seniors

  1. 1
    First, the ProBasics rollator is usable by anyone weighing up to 250 pounds.
  2. 2
    Also, it has four non-marring, 8-inch diameter casters, with soft grip tires, and wheel locks.
  3. 3
    In addition, the rollator can be used both indoors and outdoors.
  4. 4
    Furthermore, it has a comfortable padded backrest.
  5. 5
    Next, the vinyl upholstered, padded seat flips up to access the vinyl storage pouch and a folding-strap located below the seat.
  6. 6
    Also, it has lockable handbrakes that are easy to operate. Moreover, the handbrakes lock easily to protect those who are at risk of falling.
  7. 7
    In addition, the easy-to-operate ergonomic hand brakes and wheel locks are designed to keep the transport wheelchair from moving during entering and getting up off the chair.
  8. 8
    Furthermore, the padded push handles help the caregiver.
  9. 9
    Next, it is equipped with a folding mechanism for easy storage and transport. In fact. it folds flat in seconds. Moreover, its only 11 inches wide when folded. In addition, the spring-loaded locking pins makes it easy to remove the backrest and push handles before folding.
  10. 10
    Also, when used as a wheelchair, it has flip up footrests which makes transporting an adult or patient easy.
  11. 11
    In addition, rollator doubles as a stand-up folding walker as well as a wheelchair as the patient can have a seat while being pushed.
  12. 12
    Finally, the padded seat and back support is reversible depending on whether you are using it as a rollator or wheelchair. Moreover, the back acts as a push handle when used as a wheelchair.

Physical Features

  1. 1
    First, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handles is independently adjustable. In fact, handle height is easily adjusted using knobs located on the handle frame and pulling up or pushing down the handles.
  2. 2
    Next, the two handles are 19 inches apart.
  3. 3
    Also, rollator is 24 inches wide
  4. 4
    In addition, seat is 21.75 inches above the floor.
  5. 5
    Furthermore, the frame of the rollator consists of very lightweight aluminum.
  6. 6
    Finally, rollator weighs 22 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, this unit can be used as a rollator or as a wheelchair.
  2. 2
    Also, there is a storage pouch under the seat.
  3. 3
    Moreover, it folds flat in seconds.

CONS

  1. 1
    However, there is no warranty information.

7. Vive Rollator

Vive Rollator Walker - Folding 4 Wheel Medical Rolling Walker with Seat & Bag - Mobility Aid for Adult, Senior, Elderly & Handicap - Aluminum Transport Chair

Vive Rollator
Vive Rollator folded

Functional Features of Rollators for Seniors

  1. 1
    First, the Vive rollator is usable by anyone weighing up to 300 pounds.
  2. 2
    Also, it has four large 8-inch diameter sport wheels that can be used on any type of surface.
  3. 3
    Consequently, rollator can be used both indoors and outdoors.
  4. 4
    In addition, it includes a wide seat with a backrest.
  5. 5
    Next, each of the ergonomic handles is angled to position hands in a neutral position, reducing fatigue and allowing easy access to the bicycle-style hand brakes. Moreover, the wheel locking brakes ensure the rollator will not move when parked.
  6. 6
    Also, the collapsible rollator is compact when folded, easily fitting in the trunk of a car or even in the backseat. In fact, simply pulling up on the center strap under the seat is all that is needed to fold it. In addition, for more compact storage, the front wheels can be removed with a simple push button release. Moreover, the hinged back wheels can fold up against the frame.
  7. 7
    Next, daily necessities, such as purse, wallet, medications, electronic devices, can be conveniently and safely stored in the detachable rollator bag.
  8. 8
    Finally, it comes with a lifetime guarantee on the steel frame with a 5-year guarantee on the brakes.

Physical Features

  1. 1
    First, for the convenience and comfort of the user, the height of the handles is adjustable from 31 inches to 36 inches.
  2. 2
    Also, the seat is 18 inches wide and 10 inches deep.
  3. 3
    In addition, the rollator is 28 inches deep from front to back.
  4. 4
    Also, when folded, the rollator is 11 inches wide, 9 inches deep, and 22 inches high.
  5. 5
    Furthermore, the lightweight aluminum frame is corrosion resistant.
  6. 6
    Finally, the rollator weighs 20 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, it comes with a detachable bag for your personal items.
  2. 2
    Also, pulling up on the center strap under the seat is all that is needed to fold it.
  3. 3
    Finally, it comes with a lifetime guarantee on the steel frame and a 5-year guarantee on the brakes.

Buyer's Guide for Rollators

What Rollator Height Should I Look For?

First, wear the shoes you are most likely to wear when using the rollator. Next, stand straight with your arms hanging loosely by your sides. Now, measure the distance from the crease in your wrist (this is where your wrist bends) to the floor. So, the desired height for a rollator is where the top of the handles line up with the crease in your wrists with your lower arms outstretched 15 degrees from your vertical. By the way, the arm is strongest in this position for pushing down.

Next, holding the handles, adjust the handles so that your posture is erect and not bent over. Also, you want to select a rollator whose height can be adjusted so that the handle is at least an inch lower and an inch higher than this height. By the way, rollators that are too low cause you to stoop over while you walk, which impedes proper body mechanics. In fact, if your rollator is at the wrong height, you will be prone to aches and pains.

In addition, when you walk, the feet shouldn’t be hitting the rollator. And, if they do, the rollator frame may be too narrow. Furthermore, the height of the seat is important as it is easier to get up from a higher seat. However, it is also important to have the feet touching the ground.

Why is the Rollator’s Width Important?

If you are going to use the rollator in the home, you need to measure the width of all the doorways and hallways you will walk through. Most of all, don't forget the bathroom doors, because they tend to have the smallest width.  By the way, when you measure the doorway opening, measure the distance between edge of the door protruding into the passageway near the hinges to the opposite side of the door passageway. Consequently, your best rollator for seniors not only needs to fit through the smallest hallway or doorway you use but also be able to turn easily as you travel from the hallway to a room and vice versa.

Also, the distance between the handles should be comfortably greater than the side to side width of your body around your hips.

What’s the Right Wheel Size for Me?

Next, the rollators reviewed here have wheel diameter ranging from 6 inches to 10 inches. Also, all these wheels work indoors as well as outdoors. By the way, the greater the wheel diameter the less revolutions it turns, and as a result, less vibration is transmitted through the frame. While, rollators with smaller wheel diameter may vibrate more, especially when used outdoors.

Therefore, rollators with 6” diameter wheels work best for anyone 5 feet 2 inches or shorter. Also, rollators with 6" diameter wheels work for users who use it indoors most of the time. Meanwhile, rollators with wheel diameters greater than 8" work best for daily outdoor use because they can handle rough terrain better.

How High Should the Seat Be?

Next, higher seats are usually easier to get in to or out of. However, about 20" works for most users. The seats of rollators reviewed here are between 20 to 21.75 inches above the ground. Ideally, your feet should be flat on the floor when you're seated.

What’s the Right Seat Width?

Now, seat widths generally range from 13" to 18" for standard adult sizes and up to 22" for heavier adults and even wider for Bariatric rollators. Meanwhile, among the rollators reviewed there, the seat width ranges for 11.5” to 18”. So, measure your seat width to find the rollator with seat that is wide enough for you.

Why is the Wheel Size Important?

Now, 3 to 5 inch-diameter wheels are best for indoor use. While, 6 inches or more diameter wheels can work both indoors and outdoors.

Remember: Maintenance Will Be Required

Finally, all parts of a rollator should be checked at least weekly for damage or wear. If anything seems to be wrong, fix it before the rollator is used again. Examine the frame, handles, joints, check the brakes, and lean on the seat hard to make sure it doesn't crack under stress. In fact, rollator wheels, brakes, handles, or seat may need replacing after about a year. So be sure that replacement parts are readily available.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are Rollators for Seniors?

  1. 1
    First and foremost, unlike walkers which you need to lift as you move, rollators simply roll.
  2. 2
    In fact, rollators are somewhat like the cart in a grocery store that you push and turn, while you shop and put groceries in the cart.
  3. 3
    Moreover, some are best used indoors, some outdoors, and others both indoors and outdoors.
  4. 4
    Meanwhile, many have seats for you to rest. Consequently, you can go for longer walks and sit down when you are tired. So, these can be used as exercise machines by allowing you to walk further and faster. As a result, your endurance and strength increases.
  5. 5
    Also, many can be folded and carried in a car, van, or other vehicles.
  6. 6
    While rollators, in general, aren’t designed for someone to push you while you sit in the seat, there are rollators that can be pushed by you or have someone else push it with you in the seat.

Who are these Rollators For?

Most of all, these rollators are for seniors, the elderly, handicapped, or disabled adults.

How Can these Rollators Help You?

  1. 1
    First, rollators make walking safer and easier.
  2. 2
    Also, by allowing you to walk, rollators allow you to get some exercise which, in turn, improves blood circulation in your legs.
  3. 3
    In addition, rollators greatly improve your autonomy and independence.
  4. 4
    Next, by allowing you to decide when to go out or socialize, it greatly improves your self-esteem and quality of life.
  5. 5
    Finally, rollators allow you to exercise independently and with confidence, due to the physical support it provides.

What Type of Rollators Should I Use?

First and foremost, rollators either use 3 wheels or 4 wheels. Now, 3-wheel rollators are easy to maneuver, but they are not as stable as the 4-wheel rollators. On the other hand, 3-wheel rollators tend to be lighter and fold into a smaller size than the 4-wheel rollators. So, they may work better in small homes or apartments.

Meanwhile 4-wheel rollators provide more stability than the 3-wheel rollators. So, if you are walking long distances or need to take short breaks and be able to sit down to rest, 4-wheel rollators are best.

How to Get Up On a Rollator?

  1. 1
    First, lock the rollator's brakes so that it cannot move.
  2. 2
    Next, sit as comfortably as you can on the edge of your chair.
  3. 3
    Moreover, keep your toes in line with the edge of your chair.
  4. 4
    Next, place both of your hands on the chair. Or, you can put one hand on the chair and the other hand on the rollator.
  5. 5
    Now, lean forward until some of your body weight is on your feet.
  6. 6
    Next, use only your legs to stand. Moreover, use your arms to only lift yourself if your legs cannot.
  7. 7
    Now, put each hand on each of the rollator's two handles.
  8. 8
    However, do not move forward until you are certain about your balance.
  9. 9
    Finally, unlock the brakes and step forward to walk.

What are Some of the Challenges with Rollators?

  1. 1
    First, a relatively recent study found that 77 percent of those using wheeled walkers reported walking up a hill is a challenge. For example, walking uphill requires pushing the rollator uphill while using the body as anchor. Meanwhile, the challenge increases with the hill’s steepness: the steeper the hill the greater the challenge. Therefore, if possible, it’s best to avoid steep hills.
  2. 2
    Second, the same study found that 83 percent reported walking downhill with wheeled walker is also a challenge. For example, walking downhill requires tightly holding the rollator back against its natural inclination to roll downhill. Now, brakes can help control the rollator’s downward urge. But, that requires good hand and arm strength. Again, the challenge increases with the hill’s steepness; the steeper the hill the greater the challenge. Therefore, if possible, it’s best to avoid going down a steep hills.
  3. 3
    Next, the same study found that 77 percent reported using wheeled walkers on uneven ground is a challenge. In fact, the unevenness of the ground makes it difficult to push the rollator over the rough surface. Now, examples of uneven surfaces include dirt roads, grassy areas, parklands, and other similar places.
  4. 4
    Finally, opening a door against the direction is which you are walking is difficult. In fact, the only option might be to walk backwards to the door. Next, grab the knob with one hand, and use the other hand to move yourself and the rollator away from the door, thereby opening the door.

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6 Best Mobility Scooters for Seniors with Limited Movability in 2020

6 Best Mobility Scooters for Seniors with Limited Movability in 2020

Mobility scooters allow anyone struggling with mobility a chance to be active and remain independent. For example, seniors, having difficulty walking for extended periods, can use these scooters to go shopping on their own. Or, if the weather is nice, they can go outside on their own without the need to have someone with them.

Quick Answer: Best Mobility Scooters for Seniors

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Review of Best Mobility Scooters for Seniors

Editor’s Choice of Best Mobility Scooters for Seniors

3-wheel scooters: 5. Pride Travel Pro
4-wheel scooters: 6. Drive Medical Scooter

Comparison of Best 3-Wheel Mobility Scooters for Seniors

Scooter

Wheels

Weight

Surface

Reverse Driving

Folding

A/A+ Feedback

1-5 Rating

2. Vive 3-Wheel Scooter

3

265

smooth

yes

Disassembled into 4 pieces

93%

4.8

4. Pride Scooter

3

325

smooth, grass

yes

Disassembled into 5 pieces

83%

4.6

5. Pride Travel Pro

3

275

smooth, grass

yes

Disassembled into 5 pieces

88%

4.9

Comparison of Best 4-Wheel Mobility Scooters for Seniors

Scooter

Wheels

Weight

Surface

Reverse Driving

Folding

A/A+ Feedback

1-5 Rating

1. Vive 4-Wheel Scooter

4

265

smooth

yes

Disassembled into 4 pieces

86%

4.7

3. Culver Wheelchair Scooter

4

365

smooth, grass, gravel, snow

no

Folded as single piece

100%

4.8

6. Drive Medical Scooter

4

300

Rougher outdoor terrain

yes

Disassembled into 5 pieces

83%

4.9

1. Vive 4-Wheel Scooter

Vive 4 Wheel Electric Powered Wheelchair Device - Compact Heavy Duty Mobile - Vive Scooter

Mobility Scooters

Key Features

  1. 1
    First, this 4-wheel scooter can be driven on a smooth surface, both indoors and outdoors.
  2. 2
    Second, the scooter has a maximum speed of 3.7 miles per hour.
  3. 3
    Third, scooter has a driving distance of up to 12.4 miles with the battery fully charged.
  4. 4
    Furthermore, this scooter has a turning radius of 4.3 feet.
  5. 5
    Next, it has a padded, 15.75” wide seat with a backrest.
  6. 6
    Also, the seat rotates for easy mounting and dismounting.
  7. 7
    In addition, height of the seat can be adjusted.
  8. 8
    Furthermore, the seat has two padded, width adjustable armrests that flip up during mounting and dismounting.
  9. 9
    Next, for convenient transportability, scooter can be easily disassembled into four pieces. In fact, the heaviest rear section weighs 29 pounds. Moreover, the disassembled pieces easily fit in the trunk of a standard sized car.
  10. 10
    Also, it comes with a storage basket mounted on the front.
  11. 11
    Finally, the control panel has the following features:

First, it lets you set maximum speed with a variable speed dial.
Second, set forward or reverse travel direction.
Third, turn on headlights.
Also, create a warning sound.
Lastly, the control panel has a color-coded indicator showing battery life.

Other Features

  1. 1
    First, this scooter can be driven by anyone weighing less than 265 pounds.
  2. 2
    Second, it has 8” flat-free, non-marking tires.
  3. 3
    Also, the battery can be easily removed from the scooter for recharging.
  4. 4
    Finally, it comes with a 5-year limited guarantee.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, the rotating seat makes it easy to mount or dismount.
  2. 2
    Second, armrests flip up for mounting or dismounting.
  3. 3
    Third, the seat’s height can be adjusted.
  4. 4
    Also, it comes with a storage basket in the front.
  5. 5
    In addition, the color-coded indicator shows battery life.
  6. 6
    Finally, a 5-year limited guarantee.

CONS

  1. 1
    Meanwhile, the scooter has a 4.3 foot turning radius.

2. Vive 3-Wheel Scooter

Vive 3-Wheel Electric Powered Mobile Wheelchair Device for Adults - Vive 3-Wheel Scooter

Mobility Scooters

Key Features

  1. 1
    First, this 3-wheel scooter can be driven on smooth surfaces such as concrete, pavement, tile, and carpeting.
  2. 2
    Second, the scooter has a maximum speed of 4.3 miles per hour.
  3. 3
    Third, scooter has a driving distance of up to 12.4 miles with the battery fully charged.
  4. 4
    Furthermore, this scooter has a tight turning radius making it easy to navigate through hallways and doors.
  5. 5
    Next, it has a padded, 16.9” wide seat with a backrest.
  6. 6
    Also, the seat rotates for easy mounting and dismounting.
  7. 7
    In addition, height of the seat can be adjusted.
  8. 8
    Furthermore, the seat has two padded, width adjustable armrests that flip up during mounting and dismounting.
  9. 9
    Next, for convenient transportability, scooter can be easily disassembled into four pieces. In fact, the heaviest rear section weighs 29 pounds. Moreover, the disassembled pieces easily fit in the trunk of a standard sized car.
  10. 10
    Also, it comes with a 12” x 8” storage basket mounted on the front.
  11. 11
    Finally, the control panel has the following features:

First, it lets you set maximum speed with a variable speed dial.
Second, set forward or reverse travel direction.
Third, turn on headlights.
Also, create a warning sound.
Lastly, the control panel has a color-coded indicator showing battery life.

Other Features

  1. 1
    First, this scooter can be driven by anyone weighing less than 265 pounds.
  2. 2
    Second, it has 7.5” flat-free, non-marking tires.
  3. 3
    Third, this scooter is 37” long, 19.5” wide, and 33” high.
  4. 4
    Next, the battery can be easily removed from the scooter for recharging.
  5. 5
    Also, this scooter weighs about 77 pounds.
  6. 6
    Finally, it comes with a 5-year limited guarantee.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, the rotating seat makes it easy to mount or dismount.
  2. 2
    Second, armrests flip up for mounting or dismounting.
  3. 3
    Third, the seat’s height can be adjusted.
  4. 4
    Also, it comes with a storage basket in the front.
  5. 5
    In addition, the tight turning radius makes it easy to navigate through hallways and doors.
  6. 6
    Furthermore, the 19.5” wide scooter can go through an average door.
  7. 7
    Moreover, the color-coded indicator shows battery life.
  8. 8
    Finally, a 5-year limited guarantee.

3. Culver Wheelchair Scooter

Culver Mobility Electric Power Wheelchair Scooter – Motorized Electric Wheelchair - Culver Wheelchair

Culver Wheelchair

Key Features

  1. 1
    First, this 4-wheel scooter can be driven on grass, gravel, or snow.
  2. 2
    Second, the scooter has a maximum speed of 4 miles per hour.
  3. 3
    Third, scooter has a driving distance of up to 13 miles with the battery fully charged.
  4. 4
    Furthermore, this scooter has a tight turning radius making it easy to make sharp turns.
  5. 5
    Next, the seat is 18” wide, 18” deep, and 20” high.
  6. 6
    Also, the armrest is 29” above the floor.
  7. 7
    In addition, armrests flip up during mounting and dismounting.
  8. 8
    Next, for easy transportability, scooter can be folded in 3 to 5 seconds. Also, when folded, the scooter is 33.5” long and 14” wide. In addition, it can stand upright when folded.
  9. 9
    Furthermore, the wheelchair has a Bluetooth remote controller that lets you control the wheelchair from a distance.
  10. 10
    Meanwhile, the joystick to operate wheelchair can be mounted on either the right side or the left side.
  11. 11
    Finally, shock absorbers help give a comfortable ride.

Other Features

  1. 1
    First, this wheelchair scooter can be driven by anyone weighing less than 365 pounds.
  2. 2
    Second, it has two 250-watt motors that provide a powerful ride.
  3. 3
    Third, the battery is fully charged in 6 to 8 hours.
  4. 4
    Next, it weighs 58 pounds without the battery and 64 pounds with the battery. As a result, it is convenient to carry in the trunk of a car.
  5. 5
    Also, the wheelchair scooter has FDA approval.
  6. 6
    In addition, it is approved for air travel.
  7. 7
    Incidentally, the seat cover can be removed for cleaning.
  8. 8
    And, it comes with a ramp.
  9. 9
    Finally, the wheelchair scooter comes with a 3-year warranty for the frame, 1-year warranty for the motor and joystick controller, and 6 months warranty for the battery.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, armrests flip up during mounting and dismounting.
  2. 2
    Second, scooter has a tight turning radius for making sharp turns.
  3. 3
    Third, the remote controller and joystick makes it easy to drive.
  4. 4
    Next, shock absorbers make the ride smooth.
  5. 5
    Also, the seat cover can be removed for cleaning.
  6. 6
    In addition, scooter has FDA approval.
  7. 7
    Furthermore, scooter is approved for air travel.
  8. 8
    Finally, it comes with a 3-year warranty on the frame, 1-year on the motor and joystick, and 6 months on the battery.

4. Pride Scooter

Pride Go-Go Sport 3 Wheel Mobility Scooter - Motorized Electric Medical Carts - Pride Go-Go Mobility Scooter - Pride Go-Go Scooter - Pride Mobility Scooter

Electric medical cart

Key Features

  1. 1
    First, this 3-wheel scooter can be driven over smooth surfaces as well as grass.
  2. 2
    Second, the scooter has a maximum speed of 4.7 miles per hour.
  3. 3
    Third, scooter has a driving distance of 9 to 12 miles with a fully charged battery.
  4. 4
    Furthermore, this scooter has a turning radius of 33 inches.
  5. 5
    Meanwhile, the scooter can be driven in forward or reverse direction.
  6. 6
    Next, the foldable seat is 17” wide and 17” deep.
  7. 7
    Also, the seat is 20.5 to 22 inches above the ground and 17 to 18 inches above the deck of the scooter.
  8. 8
    In addition, the seat swivels 360 degrees for easy mounting and dismounting.
  9. 9
    Furthermore, the seat’s height can be adjusted.
  10. 10
    Next, for convenient transportability, the feather touch mechanism disassembles the scooter into five pieces. Meanwhile the heaviest piece weighs 36 pounds. Most noteworthy, all the pieces can fit in the trunk of even small cars.
  11. 11
    Also, it has a front mounted storage basket.
  12. 12
    Finally, the scooter has ergonomic wraparound handles for operating the scooter.

Other Features

  1. 1
    First, this scooter can be driven by anyone weighing less than 325 pounds.
  2. 2
    Second, it has black, non-scuffing 3” x 8” solid front tires and 3” x 9” solid rear tires.
  3. 3
    Because the scooter is 20 inches wide it will go through an average door.
  4. 4
    Also, it is 43 inches long.
  5. 5
    Next, the battery can be charged while mounted in the scooter or after being easily removed from the scooter.
  6. 6
    Also, the battery is fully charged in six to eight hours or overnight.
  7. 7
    In addition, the battery weighs 14 pounds.
  8. 8
    Furthermore, the scooter weighs about 83.2 pounds.
  9. 9
    Finally, it comes with a 3-year limited warranty on the frame, 1-year limited warranty on the electronics, and 1-year limited warranty on the drivetrain.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, the seat swivels 360 degrees for easy mounting and dismounting.
  2. 2
    Second, the seat’s height can be adjusted.
  3. 3
    Third, the wraparound handle helps drive the scooter.
  4. 4
    Also, it comes with a front mounted storage basket.
  5. 5
    In addition, the turning radius is 33 inches.
  6. 6
    Furthermore, being only 20 inches wide, scooter can go through an average door.
  7. 7
    Finally, it comes with a 3-year limited warranty on frame, 1-year limited warranty on electronics, and 1-year limited warranty on drivetrain.

5. Pride Travel Pro

Pride Travel Pro Premium 3-Wheel Mobility Scooter – Pride Mobility Scooter – Pride Scooter

transportation for seniors

Key Features

  1. 1
    First, this 3-wheel scooter can be driven over smooth surfaces as well as grass.
  2. 2
    Second, the scooter has a maximum speed of 4 miles per hour.
  3. 3
    Third, it has a 6-degree climbing angle.
  4. 4
    Also, scooter has a driving distance of 6.3 miles with a fully charged battery.
  5. 5
    Furthermore, this scooter has a sharp turning radius of 32.5 inches. Therefore, it is maneuverable in tight spaces.
  6. 6
    Meanwhile, the scooter can be driven in forward or reverse direction.
  7. 7
    Next, the attractive fully padded faux-leather seat is 17” wide, while the backrest is 14” high.
  8. 8
    Also, the seat is 15.75 to 17.25 inches above the deck of the scooter.
  9. 9
    In addition, the seat’s height can be adjusted to accommodate users of all heights.
  10. 10
    Furthermore, the fully padded armrests can also be pulled in or out. Also, the armrests flip up for mounting or dismounting from the scooter.
  11. 11
    Next, for convenient transportability, scooter can be easily disassembled into five pieces. In fact, the heaviest piece weighs 27.5 pounds. Moreover, the disassembled pieces easily fit in the trunk of an average sized car.
  12. 12
    Also, it has a front mounted storage basket.
  13. 13
    Finally, the scooter can easily maneuver round hallways and doorframes. So, it can be used around the house. Also, it can be used for shopping.

Other Features

  1. 1
    First, this scooter can be driven by anyone weighing less than 275 pounds.
  2. 2
    Second, it has 8” solid, flat free, rubber wheels.
  3. 3
    Third, the scooter is 22.3” wide, 37“ long, and 35” high.
  4. 4
    Next, the two strong 12-volt batteries can be charged while mounted in the scooter or after being easily removed from the scooter.
  5. 5
    Also, the battery is fully charged in eight hours or overnight. However, the first time it may take up to 12 hours to charge.
  6. 6
    In addition, the two sealed lead acid batteries weigh 17 pounds in total.
  7. 7
    Furthermore, the scooter weighs about 95 pounds.
  8. 8
    By the way, there is a cup holder on the side of the seat.
  9. 9
    Finally, it comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, the arms flip up for easy mounting and dismounting.
  2. 2
    Second, the seat’s height can be adjusted.
  3. 3
    Third, the width between armrests can also be adjusted.
  4. 4
    Next, the 22.3” wide scooter can go through most doors.
  5. 5
    Also, it has a sharp turning radius for use in the home.
  6. 6
    In addition, it comes with a storage basket.
  7. 7
    Furthermore, there is a cup holder next to the seat.
  8. 8
    Finally, it comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

CONS

  1. 1
    However, it has a driving distance of only 6.3 miles on a full charge. Consequently, it’s best for use indoors.

6. Drive Medical Scooter

Drive Medical Scout Compact Travel Power Scooter – Drive Medical Power Scooter – Drive Power Scooter

Stable mobility for elders

Key Features

  1. 1
    First, this 4-wheel scooter is driven outdoors. In fact, it's not recommended for use indoors. Moreover, the scooter has enhanced stability on the rougher outdoor terrain.
  2. 2
    Second, the scooter has a maximum speed of 4.25 miles per hour.
  3. 3
    Third, it has a 6-degree climbing angle.
  4. 4
    Also, the scooter has a driving distance of 15 miles with a fully charged battery.
  5. 5
    In addition, this scooter has a turning radius of 53.75 inches.
  6. 6
    Furthermore, the scooter can be driven in forward or reverse direction.
  7. 7
    Next, the seat is 16.5” wide, while the fold-down backrest is 14” high.
  8. 8
    Also, the seat is 17 to 19 inches above the floor.
  9. 9
    In addition, the swivel seat’s height can be adjusted to accommodate a user’s height.
  10. 10
    Furthermore, the fully padded armrests can also be pulled in or out. Also, the armrests flip up for mounting or dismounting from the scooter.
  11. 11
    By the way, the tiller can be adjusted to come closer or further from the driver.
  12. 12
    Next, for convenient transportability, scooter can be easily disassembled into five pieces. Also, the disassembled pieces can be loaded into a car, truck, or van.
  13. 13
    Finally, it has a front mounted large plastic basket.

Other Features

  1. 1
    First, this scooter can be driven by anyone weighing less than 300 pounds.
  2. 2
    Second, it has 8” by 2” solid, flat free, non-marking wheels in the front and back.
  3. 3
    Third, it has anti-tipping wheels.
  4. 4
    Next, the scooter is 21.5” wide and 42.5“ long.
  5. 5
    Also, the two 12-volt batteries can be charged while mounted in the scooter or after being removed from the scooter.
  6. 6
    In addition, the battery is fully charged overnight. However, it may take up to 24 hours to charge before being able to be used the first time.
  7. 7
    Meanwhile, the scooter weighs 94 pounds due to a base weighing 58 pounds, 20 pounds for a pair of batteries, and a seat weighing 16 pounds.
  8. 8
    Finally, the frame has a limited lifetime warranty. Also, the electronic controller and drive train components have a 24 months warranty. Lastly, the batteries have a 12 months warranty.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, the swivel seat makes it easy to mount or dismount.
  2. 2
    Second, the armrests flip up for mounting or dismounting.
  3. 3
    Third, the seat’s height can be adjusted.
  4. 4
    Also, the width between armrests can also be adjusted.
  5. 5
    In addition, the tiller can be adjusted as desired by the driver,
  6. 6
    Next, it has a largest driving distance of 15 minutes with a fully charged battery.
  7. 7
    Furthermore, it comes with a large plastic basket.
  8. 8
    Also, it has anti-tipping wheels.
  9. 9
    Finally, the frame has a limited lifetime warranty, the electronic controller and drive train has a 24 months warranty, and the batteries have a 12 months warranty.

Buyer's Guide for Mobility Scooters for Seniors

Types of Mobility Scooters

Most of all, there are two types of mobility scooters: those with three wheels and those with four wheels.

Now, three wheeled mobility scooters have a tighter turning radius. Consequently, they are easier to steer in close spaces, such as around the home. Also, they are good for use on smooth surfaces. In addition, their use outdoors is limited. Moreover, if you have serious balance issues, four wheeled scooters would be a better choice.

Meanwhile, four wheeled mobility scooters have a wider and sturdier wheelbase. Consequently, they are good outdoors where there is rougher terrain such as grass, gravel, and even snow. Furthermore, four wheeled scooters provide more stability.

Batteries

Batteries provide the energy to drive mobility scooters. Moreover, the bigger the battery, the further you can drive the scooter. However, batteries need to be recharged often. Meanwhile, some scooters have indicators showing the charge remaining in the batteries. This is helpful in determining the time to charge them.  By the way, some batteries take six to eight hours to get fully charged. So, its best to charge them overnight.

Folding

Next, all the mobility scooters reviewed here, are easily folded for storage in the back of a standard car. Now, some are easily dismantled into a small number of components that are stored in the back of a car. Meanwhile, others fold within seconds for storage in a car.

Moreover, the folding features allow the mobility scooter to be used in places outside the home.

Seat

Seats that can swivel makes it easy to mount and dismount from the scooter. Also, they should be large enough for your size. In addition, the height of the seat should be adjustable so that short as well as tall seniors can use the scooter.

Steering

For the most part, steering of the mobility scooters is done using handlebars. Meanwhile, some wheelchair type scooters use joysticks to steer the wheelchair.

Warranty

Because, these mobile scooters are expensive, its important to ensure they are covered by a good warranty.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who Needs these Mobility Scooters?

  1. 1
    First, the elderly who have trouble getting around easily.
  2. 2
    Also, seniors and others with general mobility problems can use these scooters to do things without contributing to joint pain.

What are the Most Common Uses of Mobility Scooters?

  1. 1
    First, the most common use of these scooter is for shopping. If that is your reason, get one with a basket. Some of the mobility scooters described here are very good at maneuvering around tight spaces or crowds.
  2. 2
    Another use of these mobility scooters is on a vacation. Because, they are foldable, they can be taken with you on a vacation. And, they come handy when there is a lots of walking for long periods of time.
  3. 3
    Next, they are used to just get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors.
  4. 4
    Finally, some use them around the home, especially if walking is difficult.

Other Related Mobility Devices

Comparison of Best Pedal Exercisers for Elderly

Comparison of Best Pedal Exercisers for the Elderly

A comparison of pedal exercisers for elderly, reviewed elsewhere, is shown below. In fact, the table compares the differences between the pedal exercisers. Meanwhile, common features are excluded from the comparison.

pedal exerciser for elderly

Table Comparing 6 Pedals Tailored for the Elderly

Elderly Pedal

Display

Warranty

A/A+ Feedback

1-5 Rating

1. Vive

Revolutions per minute, speed, time, and calories

1 year

67%

4.6

2. B BAIJIAWEI

Revolutions per minute, time, speed, distance, and calories

1 year

74%

4.8

3. Carex

Revolutions, time, and calories

Standard

77%

4.7

4. Cozylifeunion

Revolutions, exercise time, revolutions per minute, and calories

Standard

83%

4.9

5. XWELL

Revolutions per minute, time, speed, distance, and calories

Cell

69%

4.4

6. CNTLIFE Pedal Exerciser

Revolutions, exercise time, revolutions per minute, and calories

Cell

71%

4.5


Best Pedal Exerciser for Elderly to Move their Legs and be Healthy in 2020

6 Best Pedal Exerciser for Elderly to Move their Legs and be Healthy in 2020

Seniors and the elderly spend an extraordinary amount of time sitting each day. Because, sitting has many negative consequences, exercise gear like the pedal exerciser for elderly and seniors may help lessen some of the bad consequences. Most noteworthy, these pedals are specially built for the elderly and seniors. For example, they are not heavy, thereby allowing the elderly to lift them on to a table for exercising their arms or storing them away after use.

Quick Answer: 6 Best Pedals For The Elderly In 2020

Table of Contents

6 Best Elderly Pedal Reviews

Editor’s Choice

4. Cozylifeunion

Comparison of 6 Best Elderly Pedals

Click here to see a table comparing pedals for the elderly, reviewed below, to help you make a decision.

1. Vive

Vive Desk Bike Cycle - Foot Pedal Exerciser - Foldable Portable Foot, Hand, Arm, Leg Exercise Pedaling Machine - Folding Mini Stationary Bike Peddler - Fitness Rehab Gym Equipment

Desk Cycle

The most popular Vive desk cycle for seniors has the features described below.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered foot pedal exerciser comes almost fully assembled. In fact, the only assembly required is to screw in the tension knob.

Dimensions

In addition, the foot pedal exerciser is 19 inches long, 14.5 inches wide and 9 inches high. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 12 inches above the floor. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Especially relevant, the easy to read LCD screen displays, with the touch of a button, revolutions per minute, time, speed and calories.

Exercise

Most of all, the desk cycle exercises both legs and arms.

Foldability

Next, the cycle is easily folded for storage. As a result, it doesn't take up floor space when not in use. 

Pedals

In addition, the four inch wide pedals with a non-slip surface and adjustable toe loops helps keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Sliding

Furthermore, the cycle has non-slip, non-marking feet that ensure it stays in place while being used on hard floors, carpets, and table tops. And the low profile prevents the cycle from wobbling and sliding.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust resistance, thereby making it easy to adjust your workouts from easy to hard.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the foot pedal exerciser comes with a one year manufacturer's guarantee.

Weight

Finally, it weighs only 5.15 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    Most of all, the exerciser has a 1-year manufacturer's guarantee.

2. B BAIJIAWEI

B BAIJIAWEI Portable Pedal Exerciser - Under Desk Exercise Machine - Arm & Leg Exercise Peddler - Folding Low Impact Exercise Bike for Seniors and Elderly

Pedal Exerciser for Seniors

The very popular B BAIJIAWEI pedal exerciser for elderly has features described below.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered B BAIJIAWEI portable pedal comes almost fully assembled. In fact, the only assembly required is to insert a tightening screw.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the portable pedal has a triple-layered chrome-plated steel frame, which provides stability and lifetime durability. In addition, the it is powder coated. As a result, the surface will be more resistant against scratches, chipping, wear, and fading as compared to other type of finishes.

Dimensions

In addition, the exercise peddler is 19.6 inches long, 14.5 inches wide and 9 inches high. Also, at it's highest point the pedal is 13.5 inches above the floor. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Especially relevant, an easy to read LCD screen displays, with the touch of a button, revolutions per minute, time, speed, distance, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the portable pedal exercises both legs and arms.

Foldability

Next, the exercise peddler is easily folded for storage. As a result, the peddler doesn't take up floor space when not in use. Especially relevant, the folded size is 14.8 inches long, 14.5 inches wide, and 8 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, the 4 inch wide pedals with adjustable toe loops helps keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Sliding

Furthermore, the anti-slip, triangular rubber pads protects the surface and ensures it stays in place while being used on hard floors, carpets, and table tops. In addition, the peddler can be tied to a chair by fixing straps so that it doesn't slide away while being used.

Tension

Next, the tension knob makes it easy to adjust your workout from easy to hard.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the B BAIJIAWEI portable pedal comes with a one year manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, it weighs only 6.6 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, the peddler comes with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.
  2. 2
    Also, the fixing strap ties peddler to chair - as a result, it doesn't slide away during use.

3. Carex

Carex Foldable Under Desk Exercise Bike for Elderly, Seniors, Disabled - Desk Bike with Digital Display for Arms and Legs

under desk bike

The very popular Carex pedal exerciser for seniors and elderly has the following features.

Construction

Most noteworthy, the foldable exercise bike has an all metal frame.

Dimensions

In addition, the foldable exercise bike is 18.5 inches long, 14.5 inches wide and 9.5 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Especially relevant, the Carex pedal exerciser has an easy to read LCD screen which displays, with the touch of a button, revolutions, time, and calories burned. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the foldable exercise bike exercises both legs and arms.

Foldability

Next, the exercise bike is easily folded for storage. As a result, itdoesn't take up floor space when not in use.

Pedals

In addition, the foldable exercise bike has 4 inch wide, 2 inch deep pedals. Also, it has pedals with adjustable Velcro straps. Consequently, these straps help keep your feet in place as you exercise.

Tension

Next, the tension knob, on the foldable exercise bike makes it easy to adjust your workout from very little resistance to some.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Carex pedal exerciser for seniors comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, it weighs only 5.5 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    Most of all, the Carex comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

4. Cozylifeunion

Cozylifeunion Pedal Exerciser - Portable Desk Cycle - Hand, Arm & Leg Exercise Peddling Machine - Low Impact, Adjustable Fitness Rehab Equipment for Seniors, Elderly - Folding Mini Stationary Bike

Pedal exerciser for elderly

The Cozylifeunion peddling machine for elderly and seniors has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, the delivered peddling machine comes almost fully assembled. In fact, screwing on the tension knob is the only assembly required.

Construction

Most noteworthy, it has a strong iron frame. In addition, the frame is powder coated. As a result, the surface will be more resistant against scratches, chipping, wear, and fading compared to other type of finishes.

Dimensions

In addition, the peddling machine is 19.6 inches long, 14.5 inches wide and 12.6 inches high with the pedal parallel to the surface. Consequently, the highest height the pedals reach will be greater than 12.6 inches. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Especially relevant, the electronic display shows revolutions, exercise time, revolutions per minute, and calories burned with the touch of a button. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the peddling machine exercises both arms and legs.

Foldability

Next, it is easily folded for storage. As a result, it doesn't take up floor space when not in use. Moreover, the folded size is 14.8 inches long, 14.5 inches wide, and 8 inches high.

Pedals

In addition, the peddling  machine has 4 inch wide pedals with adjustable straps to help keep your feet in place as you peddle. Also, the pedal's cranks are covered with insulation to protect legs when the rods get hot from the friction resistance.

Skidding

Furthermore, it has four oversized anti-slip rubber pads to prevent the bike from sliding while pedaling. Also, the pads make it more stable to pedal while also protecting mounting surfaces. In addition, the machine can be tied to a chair by fixing straps so that it doesn't slide away while being used.

Tension

Next, the tension knob makes it easy to adjust your workout from easy to hard.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the peddling machine comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Finally, it weighs only 6.6 pounds.

PROS

  1. 1
    First, the machine comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.
  2. 2
    Also, the insulated pedal crank-arm prevents contact with hot surface from friction resistance.

5. XWELL

XWELL Folding Pedal Exerciser - Pedal Machine Under Desk Fitness Rehab Equipment for Seniors and Elderly - Folding Mini Stationary Bike Peddler

For seniors

The XWELL pedal machine for seniors and elderly has the following features.

Dimensions

First, this exercise peddler is 19.5 inches long and 9.3 inches wide. Also, it is 14.5 inches from the floor to the top of the frame housing the pedals. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Next, an easy to read LCD screen displays revolutions per minute, time, speed, distance, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Also, the peddler exercises both legs and arms.

Foldability

In addition, the exercise peddler is easily folded for storage.

Pedals

Furthermore, the oversized textured non-slip foot/hand pedals come with adjustable toe loops to help keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Sliding

Next, the four anti-slip, anti-scuff rubber pads protect the surface and ensures it stays in place. However, it works better on a carpeted floor.

Tension

Finally, the tension knob makes it easy to adjust the intensity of your workout. By the way, the intensity is created by friction resistance.

CONS

  1. 1
    First, no warranty is mentioned.
  2. 2
    Also, it works better on a carpet. However, on a hardwood floor, you may need to use a mat.

6. CNTLIFE Pedal Exerciser

Folding Pedal Exerciser, CNTLIFE Stationary Mini Exercise Bike

pedals for elderly

Benefits

First and foremost, pedal exerciser helps improve circulation in legs and arms. Also, it helps you maintain flexibility without putting stress on your joints. In addition, it can be used for physical therapy.

Assembly

First, no assembly is required.

Construction

Second, the pedal exerciser has a durable steel tubular frame.

Dimensions

Third, the foot pedal exerciser is 16.1 inches wide and 18.9 inches deep. Also, at its highest point the pedal is 10.6 inches above the floor. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Next, the easy to read LCD screen displays exercise time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Also, the mini exercise bike exercises your arm, shoulder, back, and leg muscles.

Foldability

In addition, the cycle can be easily folded for storage. As a result, it doesn't take up floor space when not in use. In fact, when folded, the exerciser is 12.6 inches wide, 14.2 inches deep, and 4.7 inches high.

Pedals

Next, the pedals have a non-slip surface and fixed straps to help keep your feet in place as you peddle.

Sliding

Also, the peddler has four non-skid ribbed rubber feet that provide traction and stability on any floor or table. As a result, the peddler doesn’t slide during use. Also, it protects the floor or table-top.

Tension or Resistance

In addition, turning the tension knob allows you to increase or decrease resistance, thereby making it easy to adjust your workout intensity.

Warranty

Not available

Weight

Finally, it weighs only 5 pounds.

CONS

  1. 1
    First, no warranty is mentioned.
  2. 2
    Also, foot straps are not adjustable.

Buyer's Guide - Pedal Exercisers for Elderly

Most of all, exercise pedals for the elderly are evaluated using the criteria described in the following sections.

Assembly

First, assembling the pedal exercise machine should be easy. In fact, the less assembly required, the better.

Construction

Next, it is preferable that the pedal be made of heavy-duty alloys or steel. At least the frame must be metal. And, since you may push them hard, the pedals need to be made from heavy duty plastic such as ABS or better. Indeed, the more solid the construction, the longer the foot pedal exerciser for elderly will last, and more stable it will be.

Display

Meanwhile, displays help you keep track of your workouts. For example, workout measurements include revolutions (or rotations), time, revolutions per minute, and calories burned. Moreover, you use this information to monitor your progress over time, or simply to ensure you met your daily target.

Exercise

Also, a pedal exercising both legs and arms gives you more flexibility.

Feet

Most of all, the feet are generally made from heavy duty rubber or other similar material to protect the floor and/or the table from scratches and marks. Also, the feet helps prevent the pedal exercise machine from sliding as you pedal. Indeed, all the pedal exercise machines, described here, are lightweight weighing less than 10 pounds. In addition, most people try to use the pedal exercise machines as they would a recumbent bike – namely by pushing the pedals away from you. This pushing action is a consequence of the chair being behind the pedal exercise machine – as with a recumbent bike. Moreover, this pushing action pushes the pedal exercise machine away from you. So instead of pushing on the pedals, push the pedals down towards the floor. Consequently, the pedal exercise machine may stay in place as you peddle.

Especially relevant, several pedals provide straps to tie the pedal exercise machine to the chair. On the other hand, if you choose one without the straps, there are ways to prevent the pedal exercise machine from sliding.

  1. 1
    Put the chair and the pedal exercise exercise machine on a rubber matting
  2. 2
    Tether the pedal exercise machine to the chair using a rope or solid rubber strap with hooks on either end

Foldable

Next, a folding pedal exerciser for seniors makes it easier to store it in small spaces. In addition, folding pedal exercisers are easier to carry around.

Footprint

Most of all, the footprint tells you how much space the pedal exercise machine is going to need, so you can decide if the pedal exercise machine is going to fit where you intend to use it.

Handle

Meanwhile, a handle makes it easier to move the pedal exercise machine around with one hand.

Height for use Under a Desk

If the pedal exerciser is going to be used under a desk, you need to measure the distance between the top of your knee, when sitting on a chair, and the floor with your shoes on. Next you need to measure the highest point the top of the pedal reaches above the floor. So, to use the exerciser below a desk, the sum of these two numbers needs to be less than the distance between the underside of the table or desk top and the floor. By the way , the typical knee space under a desk is 20 to 26 inches. However, some desks or tables could be higher.

Noise

Because the pedal exercise machine may be used in office environments or while watching TV or reading a book, they need to run as quietly as possible. Most of all, pedal exercise machines using magnetic resistance run quieter. On the other hand, pedal exercise machines that use friction for resistance tend to be noisy. To reduce this noise, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.

Pedals

Most of all, to drive the pedals with your feet, the pedals need to be non-slip or else your feet will not grip the pedals. In addition, pedal straps help grab your feet to the pedal. Moreover, the pedal straps need to be adjustable to accommodate various foot sizes.

Storage

Next, a folding pedal exerciser take up less space in storage than those that can’t be folded.

Tension

Tension is sometimes referred to as resistance. And, nearly all pedal exercise machines provide the capability to adjust tension so that you can change your workout intensity. However, not all pedal exercise machines provide markers that allow you to easily identify tension levels. Furthermore, such markers help you record tension levels of your workouts. And these markers are especially important, if the pedal exercise machine is used by others.

Most noteworthy, tension based on friction will cause metal parts in the vicinity to heat up. Therefore, pedal exercise machines that offer protection from contact with the heated parts are better than those which don’t. Furthermore, depending on the pedal speed, and the length of time pedaling, heating could start to be felt as soon as 15 minutes after starting. However, if you are pedaling slowly, heat from friction likely won’t be an issue. Be that as it may, you can reduce the build up of heat by lubricating. In fact, to lubricate, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.

Transportation

Because the pedal exercise machines are used under the desk, in front of a couch, on a table, among other places, being lightweight becomes an advantage in terms of moving it from one location to another.

Use

In addition, manufacturers design pedal exerciser for elderly for different use. So you want to look at pedal exercise machines targeted to your need. For example, some pedal exercise machines are designed for the handicapped, and some for beginners. While others are designed for strengthening legs and arms.

Warranty

Especially relevant, the longer the warranty period the better you are protected against manufacturing defects. Indeed, a 90-day period will cover the majority of manufacturing defects. And, since most defects are found in this period, it’s important to ensure your purchase is covered during that time. In addition, a longer warranty period, implies that the foot pedal exerciser for elderly is better built to last a longer time.

Weight

Finally, pedal maachines that weigh less are easier to carry around. On the other hand, heavier pedal exercise machines offer more stability.

Conclusion

In conclusion, you are looking for essentially a pedal exercise machine that:

  • 1
    Will allow you to use the pedal exercise machine under a desk or a table or on a table
  • 2
    Is reasonably solid
  • 3
    Is quiet
  • 4
    Offers adjustable tension
  • 5
    Displays exercise time, count of revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories burned
  • 6
    Has at least a 90-day warranty

What should I be Looking at?

First and foremost, itemize what you want from a pedal machine for seniors. For example, the list below gives you a start.

  • 1
    Does the pedal machine need to be foldable?
  • 2
    How much physical space is there for the pedal machine?
  • 3
    Does the pedal machine need to keep track of progress as you exercise?
  • 4
    Is the pedal machine going to be used under a desk or a table?
  • 5
    Is the pedal machine going to be used for exercising only the legs or arms or both?
  • 6
    How much use is the pedal machine going to get every day?

Indeed, answers to these questions and others will help guide you to the pedal machine that's best for you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Pedal Exerciser for the Elderly?

A senior or elderly pedal exerciser is a tube framed machine with pedals that move just like those on a bicycle. However, unlike a bicycle, these pedals are rotated by legs while sitting in a chair or couch.

And, because they are designed for elders and seniors they are not meant for a heavy duty workout. So, instead of using them to lose weight, they are used to tone legs and arms. Most of all, tube framed pedals offer light resistance, while the cased body pedals offer higher resistance.

What are Elderly Pedal Exercisers Used for?

Exercise pedals for elderly and seniors are used to get some exercise to stay healthy. They are used to tone leg and arm muscles and get some cardiovascular workout.

Hours Spent Sitting

Most of all, according to the 2017 American time use survey by Bureau of Labor Statistics, seniors:

  • 1
    Between the ages of 65 to 74 spent 1.29 hours each day on eating and drinking
  • 2
    Seniors aged 75 and up sent 1.43 hours each day on eating and drinking
  • 3
    Between the ages of 65 to 74 spent 7.32 hours each day on leisure or sports activities
  • 4
    Aged 75 and up spent 7.77 hours each day on leisure or sports activities
  • 5
    Between the ages of 65 to 74 spent 1.5 hours each day eating, drinking, making telephone calls, mail, and email activities
  • 6
    Aged 75 and up spent 1.69 hours each day eating, drinking, making telephone calls, mail, and email activities

In conclusion, seniors between the ages of 65 to 74 spent 8.82 hours each day, essentially sitting. While seniors aged 75 and up spent 9.46 hours each day, essentially sitting.

Consequence of Too Much Sitting

Above all, prolonged sitting on a regular basis results in health problems such as:

  • 1
    Metabolic syndrome
  • 2
    Poor blood circulation
  • 3
    Obesity
  • 4
    Posture
  • 5
    Develop diseases
  • 6
    Cancer
  • 7
    Mental Health
  • 8
    Longevity
  • 9
    Mortality

In addition, prolonged sitting effects the muscles in the arms and the lower body.

Effect of Sitting on Arm Muscles

The major muscle groups in the arms are:

  • 1
    The biceps located in front of the upper arms
  • 2
    The triceps located in the back of the upper arm, and
  • 3
    The forearms in your lower arms

Indeed, all of these arm muscles are effected by sitting too much. In fact, the triceps are a common area for fat deposits, meaning you’re most likely to notice excess, flabby skin in this area.

Effect of Sitting on Lower Body Muscles

Especially relevant, the legs contain the most muscle groups in your body. Moreover, too much sitting causes the quads, hamstrings, and calves to change. In fact, these muscles become less toned as the muscles get smaller and less defined. Indeed, the effects are first seen on your upper legs and hips, where fat deposits are common. And, these changes are largely due to the fact that fat in this area tends to be less metabolically active than the fat in other areas of the body.

Next, the three major muscle groups in the buttocks are: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. Meanwhile, too much sitting causes these muscles to soften and become undefined, leaving your butt looking flat and misshapen. Consequently, as these muscles lose their tone, you may have difficulty maintaining good balance.

And, that’s where the foot pedal exerciser for elderly helps. In fact, the elderly use the pedal machine while sitting in a chair to exercise their legs and arms.

How does the Elderly Pedal Exerciser Help?

By providing some cardio workout, the elderly pedal exerciser helps mitigate some of the negative effects of prolonged sitting. In addition, it helps tone their leg and arm muscles.

Moreover, a study was published in the March 21 2019 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In fact, the study looked at 14 years of activity and inactivity data of 92,500 people. Meanwhile, one study group consisted of participants who were least active with less than 17 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity. And, the study found that if these participants replaced just 30 minutes of sitting with light activity, their risk of premature death falls by 14 percent.

Is there Proof that Elderly Pedal Exerciser Really Helps?

First and foremost, many studies show that physical inactivity and sedentary work environments increases insulin resistance. Moreover, this increase in insulin resistance leads to higher risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Incidentally, University of Massachusetts researchers published a study in October 2018 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Indeed, the study reported that pedaling while working improves the body’s insulin response. Most noteworthy, the pedaling was done on a machine similar to the elderly pedal exerciser.

Meanwhile, the study comprised of six men and six women overweight/obese full-time sedentary office workers. And, these seated participants pedaled for two hours while working at their desks. Incidentally, the participants pedaled at their own pace for as little or as much time as they chose.

Next, after eating a light meal, the participants provided blood samples. The blood samples were used for analysis of metabolic responses of glucose, insulin and free fatty acids. Indeed, glucose, insulin, and free fatty acids are linked to obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

When compared to sedentary behavior, the study showed that pedaling required significantly less insulin to maintain glucose concentrations. Consequently, their insulin levels were lower, which in turn, reduced their risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Consequently, the body doesn’t work so hard to maintain blood glucose and fatty acid levels when pedaling. Best of all, their work output and efficiency were not affected by the pedaling.

What Muscles does Foot Pedal Exerciser Exercise?

Above all, the foot pedal exerciser for seniors can be used in two ways: one for exercising the arms and one for exercising the legs.

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Pedals Exercises Arms

When used for exercising the arms, the pedal machine is on a table with the senior sitting on a chair. Furthermore, in this mode, the pedal machine strengthens and tones arms. In fact, the muscles exercised include the biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.

Pedals Exercises Legs

When used for exercising legs, the pedal machine is on the floor with the senior sitting on a chair behind it. Furthermore, in this mode, the pedal machine strengthens and tones legs. In fact, the muscles exercised include the hips flexors, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quadriceps.

What are the Benefits of Elderly Pedal Exercisers?

Most of all, the pedal machine helps you in the following ways.

  • 1
    Prevents varicose veins.
  • 2
    The pedal machine exercises the calf muscles which increases blood circulation to your feet and ankles and stops blood from pooling. As a result, the pedal machine reduces your risk of deep vein thrombosis or blood clots.
  • 3
    Reduces numbness in feet and ankles
  • 4
    Prevents swelling of feet, ankles, and legs from water retention due to edema. Indeed, regular use of the pedal machine, will reduce these symptoms of edema.
  • 5
    Reduces damage to the knees. In fact, the smooth moving pedal machine does not cause body joints to get jerked or suddenly shocked. However, while the pedal machine does not harm the knees, people with sustained injuries or weak knees should consult a doctor before using the pedal machine.
  • 6
    Strengthens and tones the arms by exercising the biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms.

How do You Use a Pedal Exerciser for the Elderly?

The Wrong Way

First and foremost, a foot pedal exerciser for elderly shouldn’t be used like a recumbent bike. Most noteworthy, when you use a recumbent bike, because the seat is somewhat away from the pedals, you end up pushing the pedals forward. So, if you do this with the pedal machine too far away from your chair, the pedal machine will either slide or tilt forward.

The Correct Way

Therefore, keep the foot pedal exerciser for seniors closer to the chair. And, don’t start pedaling until the pedal arm is in the 1 o’clock position. At that time, push the pedals downward towards the floor. And, make sure your toes are pointing forward not upwards. Consequently, you can pedal downward even when you are sitting on a low chair or couch. Moreover, when you are sitting in a low chair or couch, you work both the quads and the hamstrings.

Also, by starting at very little resistance you can learn the correct way to pedal. Most of all, focus on pedaling downwards. In addition, pedal for at least 15 minutes at very little resistance. Next, increase the resistance a little and pedal for another 15 minutes. And, repeat this sequence until you reach a resistance where you are comfortable pedaling.

Lower Body Workout

First, place pedal exerciser for seniors underneath your desk, or on the floor in front of a couch or chair. And do 20 minutes of pedaling with no resistance. Next, increase resistance and do another 20 minutes. And, repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Arm Exercises

First, place pedal exerciser for seniors on a table with rubber mat. Next, grab pedals by the hands and rotate them forward, changing the resistance to make it somewhat of an effort. And do this for 15 minutes. Next, change direction and rotate pedals backwards for another 15 minutes. Repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Stretch Arm Muscles

Firstly, to stretch arm muscles, put elbow on the table with your arm bent, while keeping the other arm free. Secondly, position the top of your hand so that it is touching the pedal and grasp the pedals with fingers. Thirdly, starting with no resistance, slowly push down on the pedal. Next, pull the pedal back up. And, repeat with the other arm. Next, increase resistance and repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Strengthen Upper Body Muscles

First, place pedal machine on a table with rubber mat. Next, grab pedals by the hands and rotate them forward, starting at zero resistance And, do this for 10 minutes. Next, gradually increase time and resistance. And, repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.

Knee Injury

Most of all, you can use the pedal machine to increase flexibility of muscles surrounding your injured knee. Firstly, sit in a firm but comfortable chair to stabilize your back. Secondly, place the pedal machine in front of you. Thirdly, place your feet on the pedals and slowly pedal with zero resistance. Next, gradually increase time and resistance and repeat, as necessary, to complete workout.

Stretching Injured Knee

Finally, the foot pedal exerciser for elderly can be used as a stretching machine. Firstly, slide feet of the leg with injured knee in the pedal next to the floor. Secondly, rotate pedal to the highest height using the leg with injured knee. And hold that position. Next, gently push pedal back down and pull back up. And, repeat this sequence for 5 cycles.

How do Elderly Pedal Exercisers Compare with Other Desk Exercise Machines?

First and foremost, desk pedals have a circular motion of the lower legs and hence more circular movement of the knees. In addition,  desk pedals exercise glutes, quads, hamstrings, and to a lesser extent the calves.

Meanwhile, the stepping action of sitting steppers requires pushing down on the pedals against hydraulic resistance. As a result, there is greater stress on the knees. But a better lower leg muscle workout, especially of the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.

Finally, under desk elliptical machines produces a walking action swinging the lower legs back and forth. Consequently, the joints relax during the exercise. In addition, the under desk elliptical machines don’t put too much stress on the legs.

Determining the Best Electronic Care Planning System for Senior Person

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Determining the Best Electronic Care Planning System for your Senior Person

Chronic infections are the leading cause of death among the elderly. These conditions are harder to diagnose, which can lead to poor health, discomfort, and a higher risk of hospitalization. Most care planning systems have since come up to support caregivers to offer the best care possible.

With the right adult day care software, you can view attendance schedules and set up care tasks. You can also set custom calendars, plan activities, share photos or messages with connected family members. However, determining the best electronic senior care software can be daunting, and it's critical to pick the best.

 Here are aspects to consider when choosing an electronic planning system for seniors.

1. Ease of use and Entry of care records

The best electronic planning system is easy to use. It enables users to capture every moment of care to the senior person without having to leave the older person unattended. It gives a detailed care report and proffers high levels of accuracy.

You can use it to identify and amend any gaps in the provision of care, enabling you to offer the best care possible. What's more? It allows you to enter care information digitally and use various methods to speed your recording. These are, for example, text, voice messages and automatic timestamps.

2. Tracking and Access of care information

Caregiving involves storing health information about patients, and you need to know the happenings in every instance of care. The ideal software for seniors enables you to track and access information. It offers a wide range of electronic reports, allowing you to have an overview of the care provided.

It also safeguards the information and ensures that it doesn't get lost, copied or shared with unauthorized persons. This way, you can be sure of optimal security of your health information and compliance with data safety controls.

3. Easier handovers between care providers

Care management software allows easy access to all kinds of health information and records. The best system ensures a smooth handover between staff working at separate times of the day. In the past, it was difficult for health care providers to get all the details of daily care notes. But, this is now possible, thanks to the care provision software. The best tool gives access to all the health information no matter the time of day or shift.

4. Time-saving

With care management software, you record the health information of the older person in an electronic format. The best system automatically calculates the MUST score of the patient, once you key in the required data. It enables you to save time and enhances the personalization of care.

5. Enhanced communication

Communication is an integral aspect of senior care. All caregivers need to stay updated on the health progress of their patients and make any required changes promptly. The best care planning system has an instant messaging function to all users.

It eases communication between different caregivers, allowing them to communicate instantly using their handheld devices. The most suitable software should also send warnings and notifications in case of pending tasks. This way, caregivers can easily prioritize tasks, and this improves efficiency.

6. Enhanced features

The best care planning software comes with distinctive properties to enhance the efficiency of care. The input and recording features are designed to offer caregivers the required information anytime it is needed. It also has many other components to ease the caregiving process and all provide personalized care records in real-time.

Take home

Planning care systems are potent tools in elderly care. They accomplish a host of tasks, and this improves the efficiency of care. Choosing the right software for senior care determines the quality of care given to the older person, and it's critical to install the most suitable software.

How to Shave Senior Citizens (Tips for Shaving Elders)

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How to Shave Senior Citizens (Tips for Shaving Elders)

Let's face it! Our senior people face so many problems in their lives. And the grooming problem is one of them. Shaving is a regular & vital part of life routine for a large portion of our youth. But once they start getting old, things start getting tough. Their energy levels decline and they begin to realize they are not as they once were. It's sad but true. Tasks that they could do easily in their youth seems so troublesome when they get old. Take shaving for an example.

Therefore, when an aged person becomes incapable of shaving, someone else from his kith and kin has to do this for him. Maybe you too are one of them who is looking for some tips and advice on how to shave senior citizens. In this article, we aim to discuss this in detail. So, without any further ado, let's get started!

Take necessary safety measures

When you plan to shave or groom a mature person, you need to be extra careful because their bodies are different from those of young people. They have super-sensitive skin that is prone to irritations, razor burns, cuts, or nicks. For this reason, your shaving essentials should be as natural as possible, free from harmful chemicals.

They should also be compatible with sensitive skin. Secondly, keep your essentials close enough to you to access them swiftly whenever you need them. Fetch a first aid kit and keep it near as well if any accidental injuries or cuts occur.

Ensure good lighting conditions

When you are going to shave any aged person, make sure you both are in a place where the lighting condition is well. Shaving in dark spots or rooms can be hurtful. If you shave in a place with sufficient light, you will be able to track your shaving progress without any issues. Besides, you will be able to give your aged man a truly satisfying and smooth shaving session that he will love.

Select postures accordingly

When it comes to shaving for elderly man, posture is vital. Ask your man how he would like to be shaven. Make him feel comfortable and ask him if he can complete the whole shaving session while sitting. If he has no problem with that, you can go ahead. If your senior citizen can't walk or sit for a long time, then put him in a lying position because that will be best for him.

Prepare the right tools and products

You will find so many shaving razors, electric trimmers, automatic shavers online and offline. But you can't just buy a random tool just like that for shaving the senior citizens. As we mentioned earlier, they are sensitive and they require special care and tools for this purpose. In this case, always choose a tool that is specifically designed for elderly people. Make sure these tools are capable of working on sensitive and wrinkled skin. Lastly, the shaving products like gel, cream, or foam that you use to shave your senior citizen should be compatible with wrinkled and sensitive skin.

Disinfect your tools

To avoid any kind of skin infection, make sure your shaving tools are clean and sterilized. You can disinfect your razor, blades, tweezers or scissors by applying some rubbing alcohol over them.

Implement the right technique

Unlike shaving young men, shaving an elderly person is a bit tricky and requires more precision. Therefore, applying the appropriate technique is vital in the case of shaving senior citizens. Aged skin is characteristically sensitive and wrinkly. So, trimming and shaving the hair of senior people is challenging. Be extra careful while shaving or trimming the edges of your man's face, such as sideburns, chin, or nose. And remember to cut, trim or shave in the angle of hair growth. Lastly, never forget to place a clean towel before you start shaving.

Post-shave care

When you finish shaving, rinse the razor properly and keep it away in a safe place. And in the case of an electrical trimmer, turn it off to prevent any accidental injury. After that, apply some after-shave on your man's cheek. However, try to use a natural after-shave has fewer chemicals in it. Usage of non-natural chemical-based products can cause skin inflammation, redness, or patches. You can also use jojoba oil, olive oil, or coconut oil as a healthy alternative. They will help by keeping the skin moisturized & hydrated.

Take care of your tools

If you aim to keep your trimmer or other tools nifty and functional for a long time, take care of them. Clean them properly after each shaving session. Damp tissues or wipes with alcohol and use them to clean the shaving blades. It will sanitize it and prevent the development of harmful bacteria or germs.

Demonstration

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FINAL WORDS

Well, you've come to the end of our article. I hope you have learned how to shave senior citizens safely. Remember that shaving aged people is not the same as shaving young men. It's quirky and challenging.

Therefore, we recommend that you follow each of the instructions carefully that we provided in our article to ensure a safe & pleasant shaving experience. Thank you for reading!