Good & Bad Mobility News for Boomers
First, the good news. Members of the Baby Boomer Generation — the estimated 80 million Americans who were born between 1946 and 1964 — can expect to live more years, on average, than members of earlier generations.
Now, the not-so-good news. Mounting medical evidence suggests that boomers may also experience more health-related limitations in personal mobility than their parents did at the same age. But wait. There's more good news! Powered mobility scooters have been popping up all over the place, gaining in popularity as the personal transportation vehicle of choice for an entire generation. Easy-to-use (and eco-friendly, too), battery-operated scooters are making it possible for slow walking baby boomers to maintain their active lifestyles well into their later years.
From Flower Child to Slow Walker
According to a health and lifestyle study published in the March 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA/Internal Medicine), millions of boomers are on pace to become slow walkers who may one day see the need to drive medical scooters, and/or use other assistive devices.
Many options in style, color, capabilities and cost contribute to the appeal of a mobility scooter as a convenient and pleasurable solution to the challenge of restricted mobility. Imagine a youthful-minded retiree with knee osteoarthritis cruising around on a smart, motorized scooter in bright red, blue, or flashy silver; signal lights flashing and safety flag waving, all the while enjoying the luxurious comfort of a deep-contoured, full cushion captain's seat. A peace sign or a bumper sticker that says Who's A Slow Walker Now, Baby?is all that's needed to complete the picture!
The Times, They Are A-Changing
The stigma previously associated with assistive devices and personal mobility aids is rapidly decreasing. Baby boomers can feel freer than previous generations to openly fulfill their need for mobility assistance without undo embarrassment. From getting to the supermarket or a local restaurant, to exploring theme parks and vacation spots all over the world, mobility scooters abound for just about any occasion, location, body type, lifestyle and financial situation.
Of course, Hoveround has a full line of mobility solutions for travel in a variety of price ranges1, from compact travel scooters to a variety of power chairs and heavy-duty scooters with an industry leading weight capacity of 500 pounds.
Interested? It's easy to choose your scooter and purchase online - or simply call us at 1-800-542-7236 for quick and helpful assistance from one of our mobility experts.
This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice.
Source: Dana E King, et al. Overall Health Status of Baby Boomers Appears Lower Than Previous Generation. Journal of the American Medical Association. Internal Medicine, Published online February 4, 2013. [JAMA Intern Med. 2013; Vol. 173 No. 5]
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