“Get information about aids that increase welfare and safety before you actually need them."
“You should have information about aids that increase welfare and safety before you actually need them. It is very likely that when you need them you are no longer capable of finding the information.” That is a point made by Raija-Liisa Tuononen, a home carer.
She has been involved in arranging events in Lohja where various technological aids for seniors are presented.
Raija-Liisa Tuononen lives with her husband Pertti in Lohja. In 2008, their lives changed when Pertti Tuononen was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
- The disease had certainly begun years earlier, but the signs were not as clear then, explains Pertti Tuononen.
- Over the past few years, we have learned to live with this new friend.
Rollator makes walking safe
Parkinson’s is a movement disorder condition which can affect middle-aged and older people, it is often associated with a slowness of movement, stiffness of the muscles and shaking. The cause of the disease is not known and there is no cure at the moment. It is estimated that about 14,000 people suffer from Parkinson’s in Finland.
To make walking easier for Pertti, the Tuononens tried a rollator that they borrowed from a health centre. They quickly found that a normal rollator was hopelessly small and shaky for a tall person to use.
- The hard tyres made walking uncertain. In fact we felt that descending the slope in our garden with the rollator was a greater risk for Pertti than walking without the rollator at all, explains Raija-Liisa Tuononen.
Walking has always been an important part of the Tuononens’ life and Raija-Liisa started to search on the Internet to see if she could find a sturdier rollator. Finally they came across the Veloped rollator equipped with bigger tyres and they were able to try it at Laurea’s Otaniemi campus.
- We even tested the Veloped in the snow and found that it was good and safe, explain Raija-Liisa and Pertti.
- Movement on the street is stable and it goes up lightly over curb stones. The sturdy bench seat is also good as it makes it possible to rest on longer walks.
Read the whole article in the latest issue of Forerunner Magazine here.