Mobility Devices, Canes, & Walking Aids:  Older Adult Perspectives

The Impact Theme series: Longevity Explorers Discuss.

Getting around seems straightforward. Until you can't!

Listen to a variety of Longevity Explorer discussions relating to products that can help with walking — including various mobility devices like canes and walkers and scooters.

 

Hear what Older Adults Think: Mobility Devices, Canes, & Walking Aids

Kai Demonstrates His Volaris Rollator Walker

Explorer Kai tells the group why the Volaris rollator-type walker attracted his attention, and why he chose the Volaris brand to meet his needs.

 


 

Endorsed: An Assist Device to Get In and Out of the Car

Explorer Rosalie brings a sample of an item that she highly recommends as an aid for getting into or out of an automobile.

 


 

Rollators and Walkers: What are the features that matter?

A circle member presents a helpful summary of his gleanings from his research for an ambulation assistive device. The group gained insights into the differences between a walker and a rollator, and many more useful tips for choosing, including:

 


 

All-terrain walker demonstration

Our group had a demonstration of a prototype all-terrain walker, invented / designed by Elaine Levin who came along to show us her product concept.

 


 

Portable Mobility Devices

Explorer Rosalie describes a portable motorized mobility device that folds to a compact size, and one that she has often seen used on shipboard.

 


 

How to Get Out of the Bath?

Explorer Judy reports that getting out of the bathtub is becoming problematic for her.

 


 

Canes with Extras: Show & Tell

The Explorers look at a prototype cane as well as a mass produced model, and discuss the pros and cons of both designs.

 


 

Peripheral Neuropathy & Gait Inventions: EVC pt 2

These explorers talk about peripheral neuropathy, and gait improvement ideas, and they comment on their personal experiences with the condition.

 


 

Exploring Gait and Balance Problems

Explorers discuss gait and balance challenges that result from conditions like peripheral neuropathy. We explore what sort of problems people have and speculate about ideas for gadgets that might help compensate for these challenges.

 


 

Is there a gadget to help open or close doors?

Explorer Ray introduces the problem of how disabled persons or persons in wheelchairs can close doors as they leave a room, or open the door when they arrive.

 


 

Brainstorming Gadgets to Compensate for Peripheral Neuropathy Effects

Peripheral neuropathy, which is common, can cause difficulties walking and gait impairments. Explorer Lyle speculates "there should be a gadget for that" and the explorers brainstorm.

 


 

How do I find the right Walker (Rollator)?

Explorer Kai needs the support of a cane (or a shopping cart in the grocery store) while walking.

 


 

Tools for Maintaining Balance as we Age?

Explorer Wells shares his concern with becoming more unsteady as he increases in age, and seeks ways to improve his balance. Explorers have ideas.

 


 

How to Help People using Walkers Stand Straighter?

One explorer wonders how we can prevent older adults who use walkers or rollators from developing bad posture as they hunch over their walker? Since it poses a safety hazard it would be good to address this somehow. Is there a gadget?

 


 

A Mobile Resting Place: The Cane Seat Sling Explored

Explorer Judy introduces the group to a folding seat - Cane Seat Sling - that serves as a cane when in the closed position.

 


 

Car Accessibility Gadgets Explored @ EVC

Eskaton Village Explorers familiarize themselves with several inventions for making entering and leaving a car easier and more comfortable.

 


 

Car Gadgets @ SRC revisited

The Saratoga Retirement Community discussion circle explores gadgets designed to make it easier to enter and exit an automobile, including suggesting some design improvements for one of them.

 


 

Car Mobility Aids Compared, Discussed

SF Village Explorers explore a set of devices to help enter or exit an automobile.

 


 

Driving Gadgets @ SRC

Saratoga Explorers explore a pair of devices which fasten to a car's door latch, and serve to provide leverage for getting in and out of the car more easily.

 


 

Car Cane @ EVC

EVC Explorers are introduced to the Car Cane, and discuss its features as they pass it around.

 


 

Some negatives reported: SecureCane

Explorer Anniescott gives the group a user report on her Secure.com cane. She found that the battery compartment door is a weak spot, and that the first time the cane dropped to the street, the latch broke exposing the battery and disabling the lights and alarm functions.

 


 

CaneTube and Car Cane explorer reports

Explorer Shirley reports back to the group on two products: the Cane Tube attachment for walker or wheelchair, and the Car Cane for getting out of cars.

 


 

'Wearable Chair': Interesting idea

Explorer Barbara referred to a previous meeting in which a member complained that shopping in grocery and other stores could be uncomfortable due to the lack of seating for those who need a short break. She found a new concept, a wearable chair, being developed.

 


 

How to Cope When 'Things Start to Wear Out'

Explorer Philip, an avid walker all his life, reports to the group that he is now experiencing problems with 'things wearing out' that he had never anticipated. He shares his solutions.

 


 

Scabbard for a Cane: Show & Tell

Explorer Shirley unwraps and presents a Cane Tube for discussion, questions and comments from members of the group.

 


 

About the Impact Theme Series

Our Longevity Explorers (hundreds of older adults with ages ranging from 60-95 years old) meet regularly to discuss topics at the intersection of aging and technology.

Among the many topics we discuss in these meetings, we have been exploring some specific themes which we think are going to be very important for older adults in the future, and which in our opinion are ripe for innovation. These make up our Impact Themes, and Mobility Devices, Canes, & Walking Aids is one of these themes.

In these discussions:

  • We share how we do things today;
  • We explore and critique existing products;
  • We talk about challenges we have that we wish products could solve; and
  • We dream up product concepts we wish someone like you would develop.

If you are developing products or services for older adults in the category of Mobility Devices, Canes, & Walking Aids, listen to the Longevity Explorer discussions on this page to get insights about how to develop better products and services for older adults.

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