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I will be perfectly honest with you. The first time the word "cane" was brought up at my doctor's appointment, I was not at all pleased. I was certain I didn't need a cane, so I rejected my doctor's suggestion, and tried not to think about it. When I noticed that I wasn't going out as much anymore, I simply accepted the change as being a part of the life I now had.

One afternoon, I was reading a friend’s online journal. She seemed to have gotten a new lease on life and was detailing all that she was up to now. I read with a mix of wonder and longing - what happened? Had she started a new diet? Got hold of a new supplement perhaps? Imagine my surprise when her last paragraph noted the unexpected joy of starting to use her cane. 

I was astounded. I wrote to her right away - "Are you serious?" I asked - "How can that be?" She explained that although she was not crazy about the idea at first, one day she just couldn’t manage without the cane. She begrudgingly picked it up and found that she conserved a lot of her own energy by using the cane to support her legs. The energy she saved helped her to participate in much more than she had been able to in previous months.

It was an exchange I thought of for days. Could such a small addition really be so life changing?

I don't know about you, but when I would think of the term mobility device, large and frightening contraptions which indicated complete dependence on someone else came to mind. After a bit of research, I found that my idea was completely untrue. Well suited and fitted mobility aids add to the quality of your life. They shouldn’t make life more difficult.

Lifestyle Aids

In addition to mobility aids are lifestyle aids. Lifestyle aids are often times small objects that make a BIG difference.

Have you ever heard of a key turner? It is a plastic handle that provides a solid base in which to turn standard keys. This is very helpful for those who have trouble with their hands or vision. Imagine being able to quickly get into your home as opposed to fighting with a key for five minutes. 

Have you considered investing in a medicine organizer? A pill/medicine organizer allows you to keep all of your pills in one place and keep track of what you have taken. There are so many different types of organizers you are bound to find one that will make your life easier.

Bath benches, walk-in showers, and shower grab bars make bath time safer and more convenient. Shoe and sock aids, along with a long handled shoe horn make putting on your footwear by yourself a reality.

My friend is still enjoying life with use of different mobility aids. Last week she wrote about making use of the shopping scooters at a major department store. I am not that brave as yet, but the fact that this option is available to me and I know about/am not intimidated by it makes a real difference in my life. And in case you were wondering – I do have a cane and I even use it occasionally!

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