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.
Senior and young woman walk together on sidewalk

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.