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Use of walking aids increases by 50 percent in last decade

Study examines seniors' increasing use of mobility aids. (FOX 8 photo) Study examines seniors' increasing use of mobility aids. (FOX 8 photo)
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About one-quarter of American senior citizens use canes, walkers or other mobility aids to get around.

Researchers compared national health survey data from 2011 and 2012 with figures from a 2004 health and retirement study. They found use of canes and other devices went up among adults over 65 from 16 to 24 percent.

Canes were the top choice and scooters were the least popular choice. Researchers also found that women were more likely to use walking aids then men.

Their use was generally higher among African Americans, Hispanics, the obese and those who had a history of pain, balance or coordination problems.

The study noted seniors who use a mobility aid were no more likely to fall than seniors who did not.

Findings appear in the "Journal of the American Geriatrics Society."

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