Age is a fascinating thing when given a bit of thought. For example, you watch a film from many decades ago, say The Sound of Music. In the film, Liesl, played by Charmian Carr is a sixteen-going-on-seventeen year old (although Carr was 21) and whether you watched the film in 1965, or whether you watch it in 2065, she’ll be forever young, frozen in time on your TV set. However that 21 year old is now an old age pensioner, shortly to hit the ripe old age of 72. Then there's the Johnny Cash video for Hurt-rather than the confident, maybe somewhat cocky and macho rock star, he’s a frail old man. On the other side of the coin, when you see an elderly gentleman on the bus it’s hard to imagine he was once a young person, getting up to mischief with his friends.
Age is a little like going back to childhood-the elderly become dependent on the help and support of loved ones and sadly are often unable to look after themselves. They become a lot more fragile and their mobility deteriorates. If I, as a young man, were to fall over, it would be pretty irrelevant, though perhaps somewhat amusing for anyone around to witness it. When an elderly person falls, you are gravely informed that they “had a fall” and it’s considered a lot more serious, due to the fact they are more frail.
Due to the elderly not being as sprightly as they were back in their younger days, stairs possess a problem. My own Grandfather for example is 80 and suffers from bad arthritis. He struggles to walk a few feet let alone up a flight of stairs. Thankfully he and my Grandmother now own a stairlift which means they can get up and down stairs quickly and easily and without having to have someone assist them.
For a younger person, going up and down stairs is something you don’t really give much thought to, unless it’s a particularly big or steep set of stairs-the famous 199 steps in Whitby for instance and those old church staircases without handrails that twist and turn very treacherously. For a pensioner, the ability to get up and down stairs without the help of a carer is a fundamental part of their maintaining a sense of independence.
There are plenty of stairlift solutions for the elderly, taking into account both straight and curved staircases. If you have elderly relatives, or are elderly yourself, a stairlift is definitely something to consider. It will make going up and down stairs as easy as turning on the television.Add a comment Add a comment