- Advancements in technology. During the years when baby boomers' parents started developing walking disabilities due to age, etc., the technology/products available today simply didn't exist. Comfortable and easy-to-use scooters, wheelchairs, powerchairs, beach wheelchairs, rollators and more assistive walking devices have been introduced only in the past few decades.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law just 23 years ago in 1990. This law, which established a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability, has allowed American society to change its mindset with regard to special needs. Since the ADA's inception, there have been significant changes within the travel industry including accessibility across the fleet for cruise ships, including foreign-flagged vessels carrying U.S. passengers; plus more ramps, railings and grab bars in public venues. A deepening respect and higher level of acceptance for all forms of ability differences have occurred.
- The "stigma" of using assistive walking devices is disappearing. Today, with advanced technology and wider acceptance of individuals with disabilities, the use of assistive walking devices is a normal, standard occurrence.
Baby Boomers Twice As Likely To Use An Assistive Walking Device Than Previous Generation
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