Maximized Mobility Inc.

What Does The Future Hold for Us?

In 2011 Peterborough, ​Ontario Canada was ranked "Top Choice" as the number one retirement community in Canada. The 2011 census also reported that nearly 1 in 5 people living in Peterborough, Ontario was age 65 or over or 19.5% of the population being ​the highest ratio in municipalities in the country surpassing the long-time standing community of Victoria BC.

Labelled as the "Retirement Destination" there is evidence that people w​ho are still in the work force are choosing to move to Peterborough and bringing their loved ones to ensure their close proximity as they age in place. Those of us living in this community and working in both the health care and social housing sectors have noticed first hand this dramatic shift in population.

Ontarians are healthy, independent, and able to live at home safely and for a longer period of time. They play an important role in today's patient centered model of care promoting aging in place with the assistance of support services and leading to better health and desired outcomes.

It is documented that the number of individuals needing a mobility aid in Canada over the next decade is predicted to be 1 in 7. The overall industry growth is expected to reach 127% by year 2056.

The rising preference for an individual lifestyle for the elderly and physically challenged individuals who need to explore the world, the increase longevity and the staggering cost of care giver services have fueled the demand for mobility devices globally.

Government assistance and private insurance companies offering reimbursement programs continue to regularly review coverage and are strategically increasing their coverage for assistive devices in order to meet the needs of the elderly and physically challenged individuals.

Industry trends include, wearable technology, fitness programs for seniors, functional training in coordination and balance, power and endurance in state of the art mobility aids. Additionally, rapid advancements in technology, wheelchairs feature Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity and smart gadget access, allows the user to lead a modern and active lifestyle.

It is believed by the Canadian Assistive Devices Association that assistive mobility devices already play an important role in keeping Canadians at home and healthy and will become  more essential in decades to come.