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Why do some Seniors "Shuffle" when they walk?
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Why do some Seniors "Shuffle" when they walk? 2 years, 6 months ago #6239

  • MissKitty
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I see some seniors (my mother in law included) that seem to shuffle when they walk. Is this some sort of medical condition? I know that not all of them do it so was just wondering what the cause might be?

Re: Why do some Seniors "Shuffle" when they walk? 2 years, 6 months ago #6245

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Glad you asked that question. My dad does the same thing. It may be because it's just easier than picking up his feet or maybe he's forgotten how to do it. I look forward to other answers here.

Re: Why do some Seniors "Shuffle" when they walk? 2 years, 6 months ago #6253

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I've seen this a lot too in some seniors and have always wondered why some walk this way and some don't? I'll be interested in hearing some views on this myself.

Re: Why do some Seniors "Shuffle" when they walk? 2 years, 5 months ago #6464

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I know for my mom, she shuffles because it helps her to keep her balance as she walks. She is afraid of falling and to scoot her feet gives her a little bit more confidence that she is stable.

Re: Why do some Seniors "Shuffle" when they walk? 2 years, 5 months ago #6470

Balance is one of the big reasons. I think that there are several diseases that will make one shuffle too, such as Parkinson's Disease. I would ask them if their gait has changed or if they've noticed a difference in the way they feel.

Re: Why do some Seniors "Shuffle" when they walk? 2 years, 5 months ago #6472

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I'm glad someone ask this question. My senior mom does the same thing. It does sound like it could be a balance problem of some sort. Maybe I will mention it to her doctor on her next visit and see what he says also.
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