Due to a rather picturesque range of neurological disorders, not to mention the devastating effects of advancing age, I have become considerably less mobile than I used to be. Where I used to be able to effortlessly walk for many hours, I now move slowly at a tortoises pace, for no more than one hour, leaning on either a cane or a crutch – depending on how I happen to function that day. But I won’t complain: there’s nothing I truly lack in my life, and diminished mobility doesn’t really bother me.

However, for the longer distances I nowadays employ an electrical, which definitely makes me feel like a prince or even a sultan! Relaxedly sitting in a cusioned seat, pleasantly but never arrogantly saluting the admiring passers-by, I buzz along at either walking pace or double speed. When I feel social I “walk”, when I really need to be somewhere in time I rev up the little machine.

There are lots of people much worse off than me, when it comes to mobility. I can, though with difficulty, still walk – many others can’t. Especially for them the mobility scooter is a great support, enabling them to feel mobile again. There are 3-wheel mobility scooters and 4-wheel mobility scooters, and if you happen to be considering buying such a contraption, I would recommend the 3-wheeled variety. These are somewhat more manoeuvrable due to their smaller turning radius, which is a definite advantage in crowded or cramped spots. I also would recommend to go for batteries with a lot of capacity: it’s not only unpleasant but also extremely embarassing to find yourself without of juice when far away from home!

Apart from mobility scooters, there are many more things and gadgets that make the life of the handicapped much more pleasant. Stairlifts, bed lifts, electrically powered wheelchairs, walkers… they all help to make life much more normal for the handicapped.