The Mobility Scooter looms for millions.

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You know that when the birth rate drops below replacements, we oldies are all going to suffer. Even Catholic Italy, which used to pride itself on breeding like rabbits are now not replacing its citizens fast enough to replace the dying. In Australia we still have a healthy intake of migrants, but even here the ageing population is putting a strain on almost all services. I wonder who will visit me when placed in a care-home? In Holland they have already introduced a form of visiting the elderly by harnessing school kids in volunteering to visit the lonely oldies staring wishfully behind their ‘updated’ aged-care windows. I am not sure I would welcome a know-all eleven year old to visit me. It could be boring.

In Holland too, they now try and ‘update’ elderly care which in many cases means less staff and heightening the bar for entry into an ‘aged care facility.’ One has almost has to have one foot in the grave or half-way into the crematorium-oven before a place might be found into an old age home. By that stage, most elderly have exhausted their savings and the kids inheritance. Fat chance now of cranky kids visiting Grandpa sipping his weak tea! This is why more and more old people are encouraged to keep going without needing ‘updated care’ in the horrors of an Anglican ‘Eventide’ facility.

I suppose, my own ‘Government initiated Health Assessment’ is one effort to keep me on my toes as long as possible. Strange, that Helvi has not received that request! Perhaps women stay healthy longer? This explains that old age homes feature mainly women. It must be very challenging for an old man to be surrounded by mainly elderly women and their never ending talk of ailments, the weather or food. πŸ˜‰ Smiley!

One of the advances made in keeping us mobile is not just to keep on walking but also the availability of the mobility scooter. More and more seem to prop up. I believe one has to be in need of one of those before one can get one. Are they licensed or does one need to get a test done? With many an elderly person slowing down and reacting more slowly, I wonder if accidents occur? With two of those coming from opposing directions will the footpaths need widening. What about in super-markets? Do they fit in between the turnstiles. What about inside the shops? Will the lane between Toilet Paper and Asian Food facilitate the mobility scooter. I have witnessed a local woman parking her mobility scooter at the local hospital, and seemingly quite sprightly, walk up some stairs to enter and possibly visit a sick friend.

In the local Australia NRMA ( Road and Motorist) organisation’s magazine a bewildering assortment of the Mobility Scooters are now advertised. Some come with shopping bags, either in front or stowage opportunity below the seat. It shows turning circles and tip-over ratings. I noticed a local man happily scooting along while puffing away on his cigarette. I wonder if his smoking has caused the need for his mobility scooter. Did he develop diabetes and did he get his toes amputated as a result? Apart from smoking I noticed him taking photos around the place. It is an admirable way of ageing while keeping on his toes!

We still are walking each day. No need to think of a scooter. It will come about that walking will get less. I do believe that road rules will have been introduced for those mobility scooters by then. What about parking those scooters. Imagine the queues at shopping centres? Will there be incidents of Mobility Scooter rage? I can hardly imagine special ‘invalid parking’ spaces for those scooters. There will be millions of them!

It makes one wonder.

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29 Responses to “The Mobility Scooter looms for millions.”

  1. ickarus1976 Says:

    Haha, interesting


  2. lifecameos Says:

    I have had a few close shaves with mobility scooters here – elderly ladies in their 80’s seem particularly determined to hog the footpath. And last week one of them in an electric wheelchair swerved round me when only a foot away ! maybe I should wave my pensioners’ gold card at them ?

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  3. auntyuta Says:

    Yes, it makes one wonder, Gerard.

    I dread having to turn up for another ‘health assessment’ just to get some more vouchers for getting my toe nails done. I wonder how much it costs if I myself have to pay for this service? Or maybe I can try again to do a bit of cutting by myself? It gets more and more bothersome but maybe I can still do it if only, only it keeps me from having to visit the medical centre. Just the thought of having to go there drives me bananas. And maybe having to see a doctor before I can see the health plan sister. I regard it as a waste of time having to wait around there for hours and hours, unless that is, if I have a proper sickness. Is having trouble cutting your toe nails being regarded as a disability or what? I really ought to be able to pay for a podiatrist.

    According to the government’s health plan I believe I am entitled to get five vouchers during one calendar year. I did get only three so far. The health plan sister gave me only three when I saw her, so I would have to come back seeing her, suggesting I might want to use the other two vouchers for something different, like for instance massage treatment!

    Well, I feel I can live without getting massages even though I sometimes get a bit of cramping in my legs. Still, I really would like my toe nails cut again by a podiatrist. I already have an appointment for next week Tuesday, 9 am to 9,30. That’s half an hour of my time and everything is fine.

    I’ll let you know how much it’s going to cost me.

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    • Big M Says:

      It’s ridiculous, Aunty. In the old days there were very few official programmes, but one could go to the GP and have him, or his nurse, give the toenails a quick clip. Now it’s all assessments, plans, vouchers and therapists!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      We can still cut our own nails. I soak them after Helvi has soaked hers in the same communal water pail. Of course by then the water is a bit cooler but that’s part of give and take in marriage.

      I dread the procedure and sometimes just do one foot, and give up. Of course, the other foot only gets worse to the extend I am almost hopping on one foot. I lack the discipline that Helvi has.

      I was hoping she would take over cutting my nails, but she said (firmly); No way! Followed by ;Never.
      I reminded her of the give and take of sharing the water bucket. But her standard answer in all our arguments is always: ‘But that is different!’

      I see many of those private nail cutting places in shopping centres mainly staffed by Korean or Thai girls. But, as a man I would feel it demeaning for such pretty young girls to fiddle with my feet.

      I am not the Don Juan I used to be ,Uta.

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  4. Yvonne Says:

    Someone said “Getting old isn’t for sissies.” I have to agree.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      It’s not bad if you can stand the winging of others getting old. I am the worst, and now relish in all the paraphernalia that ageing entails. I look at old men and compare my own level of decrepitude.
      I still maintain the daily two steps at the same time up the stairs. So far so good.
      I avoid doctors, especially when so many seem overweight.

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  5. Big M Says:

    Yes, Gez, I’ve seen electric scooter riders leap up to get products from the top shelves at the supermarket, dancing in between shoppers, to finally flop down on the scooter seat. Perhaps they have an intermittent disability?

    I was reading that there is a shortage of university student accommodation, and a matching glut of nursing home rooms in Holland, so some nursing homes are providing free beds to students as long as they spend a number of hours each week with the oldies. One older chap enthused about clandestine trips into bars and clubs and the associated ‘social interactions’. I think he was hoping that his room-mates were staying on!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, the Dutch have a knack of being practical. I think the reverse, of elderly living with younger ones might be done as well. Was it a Dutchman who hopped to the top of Mount Everest when eighty?
      My mum used to get picked up by a council taxi and taken to swimming with a detour via a bar where mum used to get shouted a nice eggnog.

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  6. Dorothy brett Says:

    Apparently at a popular holiday resort in Spain everybody over 50 years drives a motorised chair, but when last drinks are called they leap out of their chairs to get to the bar to Load up with more drinks.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, it is surprising how those mobility drivers become mobile when they want something.
      Soon, there will be so many, that rules will have to be implemented with signage and own traffic lights. Will the future scooters come with GPS, airbags, gears, reversing lights etc. Will some double as commodes? The mind boggles.
      I suppose, after death many of those mobility scooters will be found at Vinnies and Salvos.
      I might go and have a look out for them tomorrow.

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      • berlioz1935 Says:

        The town of Ballina is already such a town of the future. To attract the elderly and not so firm they have laid down extra wide paths for the still fit to walk, the bike riders and scooter drivers.

        But a word of warning. At Ballina there are some very hungry sharks. If you want to end your life quickly and you are tired of chasing women in their scooters you can always go for a swim at the Lighthouse Beach, Ballina.


      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Yes, sharks are now getting the upper hand. Luckily, most elderly prefer scooters rather than surfboards. Risks are everywhere, even going around town on the mobility scooter.


  7. jennypellett Says:

    Ah, another cheery post. But the mobility scooter scenarios made me laugh. As long as we can laugh, we ain’t done for yet, I reckon.

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  8. shoreacres Says:

    There’s a reason many of us are opposed to having the government involved in our health care. This series of posts certainly helps to support our opinions. A safety net for those in need is good. A rope of rules that strangles common sense? Not so much.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      It has to be finely balanced. I agree, Linda. It seems that Obama Care is looked upon as having been bad. I never thought that welfare or social equality ranked very high in the US.
      I know that good health and education for all is costly and most western countries are in debt.
      Raising tax is a bad word now-a-days. But,…how to face the waning of the West with the waxing of the East.


  9. stuartbramhall Says:

    I think there needs to be some monitoring of ability to safely operate mobility scooters. A local store here in New Plymouth sold one to a man who is legally blind and he had a serious accident.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, the mobility scooters are meant for the disabled, or for those that can’t get about. The problem though is that some of the elderly might also be on the edge (cusp) of suffering from dementia or Alzheimer.

      Just imagine, how does one come to the realisation that apart from hearing or sight impairments there is also the risk of someone totally ga ga, running amok on one of those scooters?

      I can hear the term ‘Mobility scooter terrorism.’


  10. Charlotte Hoather Says:

    I used to visit a local residential home to sing for the residents because a friend’s Mum worked there, I loved it, got some of the best feedback ever and just loved seeing everyone laughing and singing along. I must try to make time to do more but I don’t sing along to backing track recordings so much now.

    As for scooters my Grandad hires two for him and my Nana when they go to Benidorm in Spain and the pavements are wide and they love exploring longer distances than they would be able to walk.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Oh, Charlotte. That is just so wonderful. My mum during the last fifteen years or so resided in an aged care home. Often, music was featured and choirs with orchestras used to visit the home. Holland in those days did care for the aged very much. I remember they also used to feature fashion shows. I was totally gob-smacked!

      In Australia scandal after scandal pop up about aged care. It is one of the most dangerous areas to end up in. We will stick around in our own home independently till the very end. If necessary, I’ll knock up a nice ply-wood coffin, take the car out of the garage and lay peacefully in there ‘when the end is nigh.’

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