This Coronavirus Has Thrown Caregiving into New Territory
How You Can Make a Loved-One's Hospital Stay More Comfortable

Altered Walk Can Signal Health Changes For Older Adults

OlderCouplebrett-meliti-PiLF4d6HlaU-unsplash (2)

Photo credit Brett Meliti

Dear Carol: My husband and I are both 76 and have been healthy, though he’s had problems with high blood pressure. Lately, he’s begun to shuffle his feet as he walks. I try to remind him to pick up his feet because, well, it’s irritating, and it seems like an “old people” thing to do. I realize that we are old people, but we’ve kept up with things through our kids and grandkids and we both socialize and volunteer, so we’re considered young for our ages. This shuffling worries me because it seems to be a sign of worse to come. Am I over-reacting? Is this something that he can change if he puts his mind to it? We haven’t noticed any other signs of worsening health. – TY

Continue reading on Inforum to learn more about how an older person's gait can be a clue to overall health:

Support a caregiver or jump-start discussion in support groups with real stories - for bulk orders of Minding Our Elders e-mail Carol  

*Incontinence issues? Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete, dignified protection. If you’d like a free sample, Egosan has you covered with this try before you buy offer.


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)