All Walkers and Canes Are Not Created Equal

At least we no longer need tennis balls

George “Ace” Acevedo
Crow’s Feet

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Photo Credit: Elderluxe

It started when my wife’s left knee pain began getting worse. Her knee replacement surgery was still a couple of months away, but she convinced me she could power through until then. Then, one day, about four weeks out, she told me she was wrong and asked for a cane.

Knowing that the knee replacement was coming soon, buying a fancy one didn’t make sense, but I was curious about what was out there. I found a website called Elderluxe, and it turns out you could spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars! What is your desire? Would you like leather or Swarovski crystals on the handle? How about a light, solid cane made of carbon fiber? How about brass? Or bamboo?

I might consider one of these for myself if 1) I was going to use it for longer than four weeks and 2) I could afford it. I want one that doubles as a pool cue.

Walkers are similar. There is an enormous variety of choices at different price points. I also learned that if the walker has wheels, it’s called a rollator.

After the surgery, my wife was given a walker, but it was the standard medical issue with shiny aluminum and bluish accents. Again, she wouldn’t use it for long, so it made sense to make do.

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George “Ace” Acevedo
Crow’s Feet

Writer. Noisemaker. Visual Artist. Former radio guy who knows a little about a lot.