For many seniors, as well as others who are dealing with chronic pain or illness, the days of hopping in a car and driving into the sunset are over. But mobility should not be seen as an either-or. Just because someone is less able-bodied than they once were, does not mean they cannot get out in the world and enjoy the benefits that come with staying connected.
1. Think about what you CAN do.
When getting older or suffering from pain, it’s important not to see yourself as helpless. Every individual has the ability to do something, and embracing that is a key to living happily within limitations.
Physically speaking, don’t feel sheepish doing something simple. Tap your feet or drum your fingers to a song on the radio. If your doctor has given you exercises to do, make a game out of them. Perhaps you’re supposed to hold a stretch for ten seconds — count in rhythm.
Mentally, it helps to keep sharp. Crossword puzzles and sudoku are sold by the book, and filling out the page is sometimes a true accomplishment. The internet has a vast amount of content, and social media has made it more interactive than ever. Groups on sites like Facebook and Reddit may be devoted to topics you like, whether a specific movie, musical group, or hobby.
2. Connect with the world around you.
Just because someone lacks mobility does not mean they’re invisible. Think of how many people live far away from family — or even from civilization itself — and still manage to keep connected with the world around them.
Without even leaving the house, a combination of telephone, internet, and good, old-fashioned letter writing can lead to meaningful interactions. A phone call to an old friend can bring fond memories that you may have forgotten. Online, you can exchange short, pithy notes on Twitter, or find a penpal with common interests on Reddit. Either way, you’re making new friends.
3. Get out and about however you can.
Of course, the time comes when it’s important to leave the warm confines of your home. There are many reasons that this is important. Time spent with friends and family can bring joy and a sense of belonging that interactions at a distance sometimes lack. There is, of course, the occasional doctor’s appointment that needs to be kept, and it’s even more important to have preventative healthcare at a later stage of life.
Mobility issues do not — and should not — keep people isolated. Family, friends, and neighbors are often happy to help you get around town, and asking gives them an opportunity to do a good deed.
Sometimes, however, no one is available. Alternatively, some physical limitations require more expertise than a layman can offer. In these cases, non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) is a fantastic option. Drivers with NEMT groups have the know-how and resources to bring you from one point to another safely and with as little hassle as possible.
Quickride provides non-emergency medical transportation in Anchorage, Alaska. Quickride is available to take adult dialysis patients to their regular appointments. Quickride also provides transportation for non-emergency doctor visits, from hospital discharges, for physical therapy appointments, for outpatient surgery, and for social events. For Medicaid Transportation in Anchorage NEMT, Call 907-332-0261 today to schedule reliable transportation in ADA compliant vehicles. Quickride prefers 24 hours advance notice for service.
Contact Quickride today to find out how we can help you get to your appointment safely and on time. When you book with us, you can be sure that you’re getting a clean and reliable ADA compliant vehicle with trained drivers ready to assist.
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