Physical Activity and Heart Disease
Healthy Tips for Seniors: Join the Walk and Roll, Learn about Walker Safety
Join us March 8th at “Walk and Roll,” 2pm to 3pm, Green Room
Assistive Devices such as Walkers are very common among the elderly population. Walkers can be used temporarily or as ameans of maintaining safety precautions when ambulating. Although a walker can aid a person with moving around more safely and independently, it is important to make sure the walker is being used correctly. Improper use of a walker can increase the risk of fall and/or injury.
Safety precautions when using a walker include:
- Adjusting the height of the walker is very important. The correct height will ensure that the proper posture of the body is maintained. Your hands should lay on top of the walker with arms relaxed and slightly bent at the elbow at about 15 degrees.