Jul 29 Care Mission

Walk in a Senior’s Shoes

Many seniors face limited mobility, which can include problems walking. Take this Care Challenge to better understand what it may be like to walk with discomfort every day.

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The Facts: About 1 in 10 people have a variation of foot or leg pain, and many of those affected are seniors.

Care Challenge:

This week, your Care Challenge is to take a walk in a senior’s shoes and experience what it may be like to be uncomfortable or even in pain while walking. Upon prior consultation with your doctor or physician, take the Care Challenge and notice how it makes you feel. If your doctor or physician advises against this, do not attempt the challenge.

  1. Fill your socks with small pebbles, dry beans or lentils, or rice grains and slip them on.
  2. Walk around on the different textured flooring in your home, such as hardwood or carpet. If you’re feeling daring, take a step outside! Notice how it feels to navigate each step and how it feels to walk.
  3. Tell Us: Some seniors live with discomfort like this every day. How does this change your view on seniors living with pain?

How you can help.

If you see a senior moving slowly in public, they may be experiencing limited mobility due to discomfort or pain. Be patient and hold a door for them, let them go in front of you in line, or offer to take a grocery cart back for them. A small kindness can go a long way to make them more comfortable.

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Community Comments

  1. Our family invited a senior widower to Sunday dinner with is. It was a delightful way to get to know him better. We already have 3 more senior in mind to invite other times.

    DaNae
    2 Missions Completed
  2. It felt strange and off balance

    Gloria
    2 Missions Completed
  3. I am a PT and I work with people about this all the time. I also routinely watch people in community for apparent risk…open doors, offer to help. Please make this count…its my lifelong commitment

    Lynn
    0 Missions Completed
  4. I try to be helpful and aware of seniors but this mission added another level of empathy!

    Toya
    8 Missions Completed
  5. Walking with peebles is very painful!!

    Jolan
    9 Missions Completed
  6. Balance is a precarious thing for many different reasons for the elderly. Seeing an older gentleman shuffling along, I held a door for him, then helped him navigate his walker through a cafeteria full of tables, held his chair steady while he turned to sit & propped his pillow behind him for lumbar support.
    He was very appreciative.

    Peg
    1 Mission Completed
  7. I’m a senior I have huge problems with one leg and overall walking. Having this problem makes me sensitive to others and know what helps me may very well help them. I find help with climbing even a few steps and carting along more than my purse is very difficult when I can I help other seniors with this issue. Once you start really paying attention it’s amazing how many little things you can do to help, bring in the mail call from the market or drug store to ask can I pick you up something these small but very important acts of kindness really help support seniors…try it open doors for seniors they really appreciate this tiny but important help and offer to carry what looks like a challenge be sweet and calm in your tone so you are trusted♥️

    Michelle
    0 Missions Completed
  8. Although I am not a senior, I do know something about what a senior goes through. I had sciatica starting in October,and due to constant pain, I started walking slowly and began using a cane.
    In June I had an injection, which took away a lot of the pain, but not all of it. I still have pain when I walk,and at times I have sudden twinges in my left leg that feel like it is going to give out under me, making me walk slower.

    Seth
    1 Mission Completed
  9. Not s Good Feeling ❣️

    Mrs. JB
    1 Mission Completed
  10. I am a senior who experiences pain in my leg and feet when I walk. The ground or floor often feels bumpy or uneven on the soles of my feet so I walk unsteadily and sometimes misstep. I have even fallen because of it. I thank my Heavenly Father IMMENSELY for my family and friends and COUNTLESS kind strangers who have helped me with doors and parcels and reaching things on shelves and allowing me to cross first on roads and in shopping centers among many other blessings. I’m also grateful for my walker and quad cane, which give me great support. I try to always to allow others to go before me when it’s convenient, because I can be slow and my walker takes up room in line and in doorways. That way I don’t hold them up and they can go about their tasks also. I get blessed by their appreciative smiles and Thank yous!

    Katherine
    1 Mission Completed
  11. All summer I have been in Monroe, New Jersey helping my Aunt. She lives in a 55 and over community. I have been helping her with many tasks. She is younger than many of her friends and many of the people in this area. I have been going to Dunkin Donuts on Tuesday morning and opening up the doors to the many

    Tracy Colligan
    3 Missions Completed
  12. All summer I have been in Monroe, New Jersey helping my Aunt. She lives in a 55 and over community. I have been helping her with many tasks. She is younger than many of her friends and many of the people in this area. I have been going to Dunkin Donuts on Tuesday morning and opening up the doors for the many elderly people here. There are people in wheel chairs, in walkers, some with IV’s or on dialysis. It has been a pleasure meeting my Aunt’s friends and neighbors. I live in Massachusetts but it is my pleasure to stay with my Aunt and visit. I

    Tracy Colligan
    3 Missions Completed
  13. I’m a certified nursing assistant I believe it’s my calling .I make my job to what &help seniors every day whether I get pAid or not

    mary
    1 Mission Completed
  14. I Love take care of the elderly residents and i like working with the Residents in the nursing homes and hospital.

    LISA
    0 Missions Completed
  15. I held a door open for a senior and let one in front of me in line

    Joanne
    2 Missions Completed
  16. I live with the same feeling in my feet, like I’m walking on rocks, best thing for me to do is me to do is lose weight.

    Belinda
    5 Missions Completed
  17. I am a RN and am experiencing how it feels to walk with hip/knee/foot pain. I am always mindful of people’s compensations while they are moving about, young and old.

    Michele
    3 Missions Completed
  18. Walking with rocks in your shoes is very painful. My Mother who is 81 years old has trouble with walking and told me she feels like she is walking on rocks too. She wears special inserts in her shoes to give some relief but not a complete fix. I always get the door for a Senior or help them with reaching the top shelf at the grocery store for an item. There are many things we all can do to help Senior’s.

    Carolyn Meyer
    3 Missions Completed
  19. How awful it was. I barely made it five minutes.

    Rebecca
    3 Missions Completed
  20. I have experienced Plantar Fasciitis in the past and know how painful that can be! Also, sometimes after out for a walk I experience hip and back pain! Guess I can blame that on being a Senior! I always try to hold the door, let an elder go ahead of me in line and just try to show some elderly respect!

    Nancy Cooksey
    28 Missions Completed
  21. I used to care for a 90 year old quadriplegic man, and i love doing. As if i am caring for my own elderly parents.

    Dolores
    1 Mission Completed
  22. I put pebbles in my shoes and did some yard work. I made my kids do it to, they were surprised! It was a good learning experience for them as well.

    Christie
    2 Missions Completed
  23. My husband is losing his vision, it is a very difficult every day because he is only 62 years old. The things he loved doing he can not do anymore; like reading the news paper, hunting and reading a book. He uses special lighting in the house and has trouble seeing if it dark inside or outside. I am very supportive, but it can be very frustrating if doesn’t tell me what he needs and try’s to do things on his own and gets upset if it fails.
    Susan

    Susan
    1 Mission Completed
  24. I watch my father do a little dance daily he been doing this for twenty years I’ve only seen him fall once he does this dance catching his balance he has a drop toe problem also?? But I can feel his pain being 57 myself I find myself doing the dance!! And he has complained of feeling Rock’s in his shoes I usually get him a wheelchair when we get out exploring!!! No person that age can endure museum and fair any other way!!!

    Jane
    1 Mission Completed
  25. I opened a door for an elderly lady
    I also go over to see a neighbor of mine who is in her upper 80s n take dinners. Do lil things there for her.

    Michele ( Mickie ) Hodder
    2 Missions Completed
  26. I’m home bound & terminally ill so I walk a mile in those unbearable shoes everyday

    Melissa
    4 Missions Completed
  27. I am home bound & terminally ill so I know the discomfort I go through isn’t as bad as soy but it’s bad enough

    Melissa
    4 Missions Completed
  28. I worked in a nursing home and seen people struggle to walk. I try to help help my elders I see that r struggling.

    Linda
    1 Mission Completed
  29. I am terminally ill & home bound so I walk a mile in those painful shoes, I’m sure there are many that are far worse than me.

    Melissa
    4 Missions Completed
  30. I offered a senior a ride when I saw her struggling to walk up some really uneven pavement, just to reach the bus stop. She was going to get groceries and was hauling a little cart. And it was blazing hot and she was sweating. She declined but we had a nice chat and was she was very happy I had offered. I know it made her day. I love elderly people!

    Tammy
    1 Mission Completed
  31. I have diabetes so I didnt want to put anything in my socks but because my mom lives in an Assisted Living facility, I get to assist seniors all the time. Some of them self propel in wheel chairs, so I help them out by pushing them to their destination. They appreciate it so much. It gives them a brake. And I get to chat with them and encourage them.

    Joan
    2 Missions Completed
  32. i can empathize to a certain extent. I wear clogs when working in my garden and have to stop to dump pebbles that work their way in. It’s amazing how such a small thing can cause so much pain. My mother-in-law has feet and leg issues, and it helps me be more patient with her.

    Sue
    6 Missions Completed
  33. Walking with small pebbles inside my socks was very painful. It was worse when I stepped down from
    The sidewalk. I see seniors walking very slowly all the time and not once thought about the pain they may be feeling in their feet. I only thought about hip or back or leg pain but never feet pain. One thing I do all the time is walk across the street with them to make sure they get across safely even when the light turns red on them.

    Rachel
    5 Missions Completed
  34. Encouraged senior couple, and offered transportation accommodation got ice water for one struggling with the heat offered prayer and encouragement

    Ct
    1 Mission Completed
  35. I said hi to 7 seniors Thursday, I said hi to 1 senior on Friday, I said hi to 2 seniors Saturday and I did not go out on Sunday.

    Darlene
    0 Missions Completed
  36. Since I have partial neuropathy in my feet, I just took off my shoes and walked around our uneven and rocky back field…painful and unstable. I, unfortunately, felt my future.

    Dorrie
    4 Missions Completed
  37. It felt like my balance was off. Very uncomfortable. It felt as if I would slip or fall easily.

    Leandra
    6 Missions Completed
  38. I do this frequently because I was raised to do this from a young age. I love seniors and will be one soon even though I don’t feel like it!

    Stephanie
    4 Missions Completed

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