Why staying mobile is the secret to a happy old age

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03:52 GMT, 12 June 2012

Where can you turn for this kind of help Just as importantly, are you eligible for any financial assistance

Where can you turn for this kind of help Just as importantly, are you eligible for any financial assistance

Keeping healthy and independent are the two most important concerns for people over 60, a recent survey found.

And key to both is remaining in your own home for as long as is practically possible, says the charity Age UK.

Unfortunately for many, staying mobile becomes increasingly difficult — around 2.45 million older people in England require help on a regular basis, whether it’s assistance getting dressed, help with the shopping and housework, or getting about.

Around 750,000 people also require
specially adapted accommodation, such as amended bathroom facilities, or
something less major, like grab rails or ramps.

The
number affected is only going to increase — it’s estimated that by the
end of the decade there will be 7 million people who cannot walk up one
flight of stairs without resting and more than 300,000 will have
difficulty bathing.

Rather than leaving this all to the last minute when adaptations become urgent, it’s important to think about home and care needs earlier on, suggests Age UK.

This gives you and your family time to plan your options in a stress-free manner.

This free guide, published in association with Handicare and Age UK, will help take you and your family through the whole process

This free guide, published in association with Handicare and Age UK, will help take you and your family through the whole process

But where can you turn for this kind of help Just as importantly, are you eligible for any financial assistance

It’s a common misconception that you already need to be receiving benefits to qualify for extra help.

However, many people will have little idea about how to go about getting what they are entitled to.

The good news is that the answers to these, and many more questions you may have, can be found in the Daily Mail’s Guide To Mobility Products And Services For Independent Living At Home.

This free guide, published in association with Handicare and Age UK, will help take you and your family through the whole process, from finding specialist advice on what home adaptations you might need, to information on charities and agencies who can assist in practical ways, and guide you through the financial options.

The guide also offers information on alternative housing options such as moving to a bungalow or ground-floor apartment, retirement housing (also known as sheltered housing) and care homes.

For a copy of our free guide call FREEPHONE 0800 023 5265