Every time I go shopping I see a few mobility scooters. I do appreciate their necessity so, what are the government going to do when the numbers increase dramatically as they almost certainly will, as the money rich baby boomers get a little older, and a little less mobile.
And what about the cost of them being supplied to those in need who are entitled to them? My daughter made an interesting comment yesterday about how her generation will be the last dying of heart disease, cancer, etc, etc, and how there will be so many older people about. She was talking thinking that social services would not be able to support everyone and that maybe the very, very, old might need encouragement to say goodbye! I see her point - who would support all these ninety, hundred year olds?
I am a bit conflicted about mobility scooters - if it enables someone to continue being able to get around to do their own chores (shopping etc) & socialise/continue to live in their own homes, then it's a good thing (and ultimately saves carers from having to do those things), however sometimes I see very obese younger people using them and I'm not sure whether being able to get around in one means they are less motivated to get fitter and mobile (although obviously I don't know whether there are medical issues which have caused them to be how they are - it's often not just a case of over-eating).
We have been to a seaside town on the South coast where the footpath had a special lane for mobility scooter users to avoid hazards with general pedestrians, perhaps that's the future.
My dad's talking about getting a mobility scooter. At the moment he still drives and is still quite a good driver but he'll be 90 in August so I'm not sure how much longer he'll be allowed to keep his license.
OH could certainly do with one. I'm not good with a wheelchair. I'm only 4'11" and OH is 6' so when I'm pushing him I can't easily see where I'm going and I tend to run him into things..walls, doors, people!! Doesn't make me very popular with anybody.
I understand what you're saying about some people using them who don't really need them but there's a lot of people for whom without them life would be impossible.
Sounds like your Dad and OH would be perfect candidates to have one magggzzz, pushing a wheelchair is hard work and the independence of being able to get around unaided would probably give your OH a real boost. My dad is suffering from painful sciatica and it's really stopped him from being able to do a lot of the things he's taken for granted in the past - he would take some persuading to get one (he wanted to rip out the stairlift when my mum passed away but we persuaded him to leave it, thank goodness he did as it's helping him now!) but I can see it could be beneficial for him and to be honest some older drivers can do more damage to themselves and others in a car than a mobility scooter.
I wish I could persuade my mum to try one. She is only tiny but used to drive buses. She is struggling now a bit - gets the bus to town, but it is taking it out of her. She's increasingly out of breath and wobbly, but she refuses to give in to it. I have so much love and admiration for her, but if life can be made easier at her age I wish she would give in to it just a little lol