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As people get older, it is not uncommon for them to report limitations in their mobility.

For example, about one-third to one-half of people who are 65 years or older report having difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

Fortunately, many assistive devices can help you stay mobile. These are usually simple tools that can help you recover from injury or surgery, or treat balance disorders and arthritis, among other things. Sometimes these are temporary aids; In other cases, they will be incorporated into your daily life.

YARD AND GARDEN: The weeds are growing … lists the following mobility tools that older adults can consider and discuss with their doctor.

Hiking sticks or walking sticks

These provide additional stability when walking and can be used to improve balance, posture and general coordination. They can be an excellent choice for people who need to reduce weight on their hips or knees, possibly because of arthritis. People also use them while hiking, even if they don’t have major mobility issues, and they can help people with neuropathy.

There are three main varieties of sticks, including the more typical ones with curved or T-shaped handles. These help with balance. If you need to put more weight on the stick, or if you don’t have a strong grip, talk to your doctor about an offset, flat-grip stick. There are also multi-legged sticks that are great when you need more support. This will slow your walking speed, but they will stand up on their own when not in use, which means you won’t have to bend down to pick up yours.