If you have an aging senior in the family that you are shopping for, here are some important tips on shoes.
We all know how important it is to our general mood to have a shoe that fits well. Nothing like sort feet to affect the whole body comfort. As we age, that becomes even more necessary, and for a number of different reasons.
Aging often lessens our balance. Losing balance causes falls. Falls all too often result in broken hips or other bones. Broken bones can speed up physical and mental deterioration in the body.
What can we do to avoid that?
First, good traction on the bottom of the shoe. You want a shoe that isn’t smooth and as a result slippery. On the other hand, a shoe like boating shoes, with their tight non skid bottom, can stop a person short because it sticks on floors and carpet. A good walking shoe type bottom works the best for most.
Second, easy on and off. It can be a struggle to bend down, let alone to stay there long enough to tie an loosened lace. These days you can get nice looking shoes that fasten with velcro instead of laces too. That’s easier for caregivers and for your senior. Laces can sometimes get under foot and cause tripping.
Lastly is fit. Be sure to check sizes! I’m not sure if it is part of aging or perhaps duLifestyle Magazinee to less walking, but the foot can widen out. Some of the aging won’t be able to tell you if their feet are hurting, so do all you can to check for yourself. The Alzheimer’s patient in particular.
Sweet mom would say yes to whatever question I asked her. Too tight? Yes. Too loose? Yes. Check the shoe out as well as you can while they are in a standing position after a few steps.
You can read the full article with our personal recommendations here on Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine.