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Mobility and Health

  • By: Michelle M. Porter & Sandra C. Webber
  • In: Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine & Health
  • Edited by: James M. Rippe
  • Subject:Health Psychology / Behavioral Medicine, Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology

In older adults, mobility and health are intrinsically linked in a reciprocal fashion, such that mobility has an effect on health, and in turn, one's health status has an effect on mobility. Mobility is one of the most highly ranked issues facing older adults because of its tremendous impact on independence.

This entry provides an overview of how mobility can be conceptualized and measured. In addition, impairments in mobility are discussed with reference to epidemiology, prevention, and rehabilitation.

The Concept of Mobility

Within the formal health care system, mobility is often limited in its definition to the ability to physically move around a small indoor space. In fact, decisions about discharging an older adult from hospital are sometimes made on the basis of whether the person can be ...

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