In step with the correct walking aid to move around

The height of a walking aid should be adjusted to the user's wrist level, so that when it is grasped, there is a slight bend in the user's elbow.
The height of a walking aid should be adjusted to the user's wrist level, so that when it is grasped, there is a slight bend in the user's elbow.PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO

An appropriate walking aid for your needs can help you move around and reduce the chances of a fall or back pain

When Chinese New Year comes around, some of the less mobile elderly, who may not ordinarily leave their homes, will be stepping out to visit family and friends.

Some who typically rely on walking aids to get around may be tempted to switch to an umbrella instead for support.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 13, 2020, with the headline 'In step with the correct aid'. Print Edition | Subscribe