Stigmatised mobility aids heavily contribute to ageism in our society as they enforce negative stereotypes of older people. Current mobility aids merely react to age-related functional decline, sometimes overcompensating and worsening mobility. To challenge ageist views and encourage healthy ageing we must change the way we design mobility aids.
Lupo is a garden caddy, helpful to everyone but designed to make the physical and mental benefits of gardening more accessible to older people. This inclusivity prevents it from becoming stigmatised. With a sturdy structure and discreet grab points, Lupo can be wheeled around to plant beds and borders to provide physical support. This helps them get up and down without overcompensating, encouraging exercise and therefore, improving mobility.