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Why Electric Scooters are so Popular Among Seniors


Article originally featured on AZ Big Media


Electric-powered scooters, both private and public, are just about everywhere you go. In the modern world, it is not unusual to see a senior citizen riding a rechargeable scooter. In fact, you can see them in state parks, shopping malls, cities, public facilities, and big-box stores. There is no doubt, more scooters are being utilized today than ever before. But, why are these mobile-assistive devices so popular among seniors? Find the answer to this question and much more in the content provided below.


Avoid Accidents

If it were not for the electric-powered scooter, some seniors would not be mobile. If you ask most seniors why they own a scooter, they will respond with one word “mobility.” As humans age, their body functions, including mobility begins to become problematic. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidents are the ninth leading cause of death in people over the age of 65. More older adults die from unintentional injuries than septicemia.


Scooters give aging adults the ability to move from place to place freely, easily, and without risk of unintentional accidents. Without these mobility devices, many aging adults would not have mobility ability.


Accessible

Many aging adults chose the electric-powered scooter because it is so accessible. Public health care plans like Medicare and Medicaid cover mobility scooters for qualifying members. Some private health care policies also cover scooters. While these policies may not cover 100 percent of the cost, they generally cover 50 percent or more of the overall cost. Covering half of the expense makes electric scooters accessible to elderly adults.


Environmental-Friendly Mobility

The electric-powered scooter is considered eco-friendly because they produce little to no greenhouse emissions. Riders can enjoy hours of transportation through congested cities without adding to the already high percentage of greenhouse emissions, unlike trucks, cars, and vans.


Generates Minimal Noise

If you ask most users, they will agree the electric-powered scooter is much quieter than many of their appliances, electronics, and other devices. In fact, many users admit to riding their scooters in public facilities, commercial buildings, churches, homes, and commercial buildings without disturbing passerby.


The mobility scooter generates minimal noise, even at maximum speeds. Seniors can ride through crowds without bringing attention to themselves because of unruly noise.


Freedom

It is not unusual for seniors to rely on their family members for everything. They need them to do their errands because they are not mobile. Seniors who continue to refuse to invest in a mobility scooter are often forced to remain at home while friends and family attend social gatherings.


Seniors who choose to isolate themselves in their homes are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than active seniors. If you are an aging adult with the option of being independent or dependent, which option would you choose?


Afterword

Mobility scooters continue to assist millions of older adults to get from point A to point B. If it were not for these devices, most of these individuals would not be free to run errands, cook, do laundry, go to church, and visit a park.