Duo bike for lonely elderly against social isolation
Many lonely elderly live with social isolation and with a growing group of elderly people, this will in all likelihood only increase. Fortunately, there are many people who work on decreasing social isolation of the elderly and there are various initiatives. An example of such an initiative is: duo cycling with elderly people.
Cause and effects of loneliness elderly
A lot of older adults feel lonely. The loneliness of elderly oftenstarts by stopping work, but causes also include children leaving home, the loss of a partner and a limited social network. Loneliness or social isolation of the elderly is a growing problem and can have major consequences, especially for the elderly themselves. These include increasing the risk of Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, health problems and even premature death. But how can we help lonely elderly? Keep in touch, become a volunteer or start an initiative yourself. An example of such an initiative is duo cycling with the elderly. In recent years, many (lonely) elderly people have been on the road with this initiative, or still, regularly go out on the duo bike.
Help lonely elderly: Why a (duo) bike?
Cycling is healthy! You are active in the open air, and cycling strengthens the heart, lungs and resistance. By exercising, the brain stays younger, you stay mobile longer, and you produce happiness substances that make you feel better. Thus, cycling is a valuable activity to do with the lonely elderly people, and you take them out of their social isolation.
What is a duo bike?
You have probably seen them before: a bikewhere two people sit side by side. One user controls the bike, and both users can pedal. The users both have good visibility and can easily communicate with each other because of the sitting positions next to each other. Many elderly people are no longer able to cycle independently, but the duo bike offers new opportunities. The passenger is not required to pedal along. With the optional disengagement hub, you can decide how you cycle together: the co-pilot is obliged to cycle along the co-pilot cannot cycle along, or the co-pilot cycles along at his or her own pace. This makes the duo bike suitable for the elderly people who can both actively and inactive pedal and feel the wind in their hair.
The Fun2Go duo bike from Van Raam
Van Raam is a manufacturer of unique special needsbikes. These are individual and multi-person bikes for people who can not (or no longer) cycle on a regular bike. The Fun2Go duo bike is one of the most popular bikes from Van Raam and is a bike with many features. For example, the duo bike is available with pedal assistance, which means that the cyclist(s) need less strength and effort and you can even cycle backwards with the assistance.
The duo bike has a lot of advantages. It not only promotes conducive loneliness among the elderly and is very cosy and healthy, but the Fun2Go also has many standard cycling benefits:
No step in, easy to take your seat
Very agile, duo bike can rotate around its axis
Stable and firm
Read experiences of duo bikers; lonely elderly and activities
Still in doubt? Then read and look at the experiences of organizations, volunteers, family members and nevertheless the elderly themselves! Many others have already made a bike ride on the duo bike. For example, the organization Fietsmaatjes has been working for years to combat loneliness among the elderly, and even Dutch King Willem-Alexander has participated as a cycling buddy on the duo bike Fun2Go.
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