Walkers are, for those of us who make use of them, a rather important device required throughout daily life. They enable individuals in terms of their mobility, and can also assist with things like balance and movements.
I personally didn’t realize just how vital walkers are for persons with mobility issues until my grandparents began using them. Seeing first-hand how heavily people rely on walkers to conduct basic and vital skills truly opened my eyes to the importance of these devices, and certainly enhanced my overall respect and appreciation for them.
I was reading an article from The Good News Network about a new development in the realm of walkers, and while “The inventor has gone into debt launching this company … he says that giving people the ability to walk again, and seeing them embrace their freedom, makes the effort worth more than words can say.”
“Rob Karlovich’s vision for a revolutionary new walking aide was inspired by a news story about disabled veterans returning from Afghanistan. These service people, who were once able to move with agility, were now struggling just to walk safely with the traditional walkers available to them.
“As a lifelong technology innovator, Rob knew he could help. The San Jose, California designer recognized that available mobility devices all had two fundamental problems.
“First, they threw people off their center of gravity by forcing them to lean forward, which made them unstable and more likely to fall. Second, they required using your hands to operate them, limiting daily activities such as cooking, cleaning, gardening, dancing and even hugging.
“To solve these problems, he flipped the traditional walker concept upside-down—or backward, to be exact,” the article explains.
As for how this innovative walker functions, “traditional walkers position the device in front of you, which forces you to hunch over to hang on to the grip bars. This promotes poor posture, throws off your balance and occupies your hands. Instead, the LifeGlider is positioned behind the body. It secures you with a belt at the pelvis, which has two benefits. You can be hands-free, and you’re held up at your center of gravity—a concept in physics that explains how ice skaters and ballet dancers can hoist a person in the air while moving, without falling,” says the article.
If this isn’t a fine example of forward-thinking, I’m not sure what is.