Helping the Handicapped and their Helpers

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Assistive technology is more than mobility help for senior citizens and handicapped persons; it helps nurses and caregivers as well.

Projections indicate that by 2030, Malaysia will be in the category of ageing nations, with older persons constituting more than 15% of the population.1 In this context, infrastructure and devices that are able to assist the elderly, particularly in moving around, are urgently needed.

In the US, just over 6.8 million community-resident Americans use assistive devices to help them with mobility. This group comprises 1.7 million wheelchair or scooter riders and 6.1 million users of other mobility devices, such as canes, crutches and walkers.2 Stroke and osteoarthritis are the two most prevalent primary conditions among wheelchair and scooter users, with osteoarthritis accounting for 1.2 million mobility device users.


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