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Do you know all the options to make walking safer for PwP?

Parkinson’s Community Los Angeles - - June 1, 2024

Did you know people with PD are twice as likely to fall as those without? Many of the motor and non-motor symptoms of disease can impact balance and gait, increasing the likelihood of falling, especially as the disease progresses. Fortunately, there are lots of great options for walking aids to make mobility both easier and safer! 

1) Walking Sticks 

Walking sticks provide essential support for balance and are particularly useful for those in the earlier stages of Parkinson’s who require minimal assistance. 

They can help increase confidence in mobility by offering an additional point of contact with the ground, enhancing stability, and reducing fatigue. 

2) Canes 

The use of a cane, specifically a single-point cane or laser cane, can be a game changer for many living with PD. Both are lightweight, easy to handle, and adaptable to various settings, making them practical for everyday use. 

Single-Point Cane 

Single-point canes provide stability and balance, helping to mitigate common Parkinson’s symptoms like shuffling gait and stiffness. 

By offering an additional point of contact with the ground, these canes distribute weight more evenly and provide vital support on one side of the body. This is particularly useful for preventing falls and increasing the user’s confidence to walk in varied environments.

Laser Cane

Laser canes build on the benefits of traditional canes by incorporating a visual aid—a laser line projected onto the floor. This feature is designed to combat freezing of gait, a symptom where people with PD temporarily feel unable to move their feet.

The laser line acts as a visual cue that helps trigger movement, enabling users to initiate and continue walking more smoothly and with greater assurance.

3) Alinker

The Alinker is an innovative, non motorized walking bike designed for those who want to maintain an active lifestyle despite mobility challenges.  It supports the user in a standing position,  enabling them to remain at eye level with others, which is crucial for social interactions. This device is beneficial for those who can still use their legs but need substantial support for balance and endurance. For more information, go here.

4) Parkinson Rollator Walker

Specially designed for people living with PD, the Parkinson rollator walker includes features like laser lights and auditory cues. These are particularly effective for overcoming freezing episodes, providing stimuli that help the user initiate and continue movement. The walker also comes with

additional support for posture and a seat for resting, making it a versatile choice for varying levels of mobility impairment. For more information, go here.

5) U-Step Neuro Walker

The U-Step Neuro Walker is specifically engineered to increase stability with a U-shaped base which allows the user to be completely surrounded, increasing support and stability. This design helps  prevent falls by providing support in all directions. Its braking system activates when the handle is released and ensures additional safety and is ideal for those with tremors or sudden loss of muscle control. For more information, go here

Using walking aids can significantly improve the quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s. 

These enhance physical mobility and boost psychological well-being by fostering greater independence and reducing the fear of falling. Embracing these tools can be a positive step towards managing the symptoms of PD and maintaining an active, fulfilling life. 

For many, the decision to use a walking aid is a step towards reclaiming independence rather than a sign of surrender. With proper support, individuals with Parkinson’s can continue to engage in their daily activities more safely and with greater confidence. If you or a loved one is navigating Parkinson’s, discuss these options with your healthcare provider to find the best fit for your needs and lifestyle.



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