Canes Help Keep Seniors On Their Feet As U.S. Life Expectancy Continues To Climbs

Even as the average retirement age steadily increases, American seniors are predicted to have plenty of time to themselves after clocking out of work once and for all. That’s because the typical U.S. lifespan is expected to hit slightly more than 83 years for women and 79 years for men come 2030. We ask that you take a moment and compare this lifespan expectancy to the fact that the average age of retirement is 63 and you’ll see that there is at least a decade or more of personal time remaining. As we all know, with age comes medical conditions that may make movement a bit harder than we remember from our younger years. If your loved one still wants to get out and about, but needs the assistance of a cane, we encourage you to continue reading and understand the issues surrounding our elderly population and what you can do to make that transition a little bit easier.

According to a CNBC report from early 2017, the current life expectancy in the U.S. is 76.5 for men and 81.2 for women. The data comes from the English medical journal “Lancet,” and the report adds that the gap between men and women is expected to close as “lifestyles become more similar to one another.” Further, the report notes that the steady increase in global life expectancy is tied to improvements in elder care. What’s more, studies show that the growth of exercise and aerobic outlets for seniors is keeping this population healthier for longer periods of time. If your loved one wants to stay on their feet, then canes  may be one of the most thoughtful purchases you can make. That’s because by shopping with companies like Brazos Walking Sticks, you can choose from a customizable inventory that is handcrafted in the U.S.

Walking sticks and canes available today can be created from a variety of woods – such as maple, walnut and hickory – and come in many styles for both men and women, including rustic, smooth or traditional. Whether your loved one requires a cane to assist them with outdoor adventures, for simply getting around or as a tool to lean upon during prolonged periods of standing, a cane can mean the difference between a sense of defeat or newfound independence.

What’s more, the best companies currently crafting canes can customize them with all sorts of  information to truly make the cane an accessory and statement piece, rather than a simple utilitarian tool. The owner’s name, nickname, hobby, branch of military service and more can be engraved into the side of their cane , showing the legacy they’ve created and ensuring their cane is a treasured and personalized part of their everyday activities.

Brazos Walking Sticks … Because

Because … we handcraft every single walking stick and walking cane we sell, right here in Central Texas.

Because … retailers know our reputation for quality, that’s why our walking sticks and canes are in numerous state and national parks, sporting goods stores, hardware stores, and even in every Cracker Barrel restaurant.

Because … we care about Creation, choosing to responsibly work with renewable resources like wood, leather, and more.

Because … we value our customers, offering a simple 1-800 Number to contact a living, breathing human during business hours, and a constantly monitored email address for those in need of a fast, speedy response (

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Because … a handmade walking cane offers those who need it a sense of style, stability, wonder, and excitement — those attributes simply can’t be emulated with mass-produced metal products.

Because … handmade walking sticks provide stability, protection, and assurance for even the most leisurely neighborhood stroll.

Because … we stand behind all of our products, with a Lifetime Warranty.

Because … walking will help you live a longer, healthier life.

Because … you, the valued customer, know American quality when you feel it in your hands.

How To Choose The Best Wood?

We get that question a lot, and there’s no clear cut answer since there are numerous variables to consider: What is your aesthetic leaning? Do you want something dense, or lightweight? Do you want the strongest wood money can buy or something inexpensive?

Believe it or not, wood is not a static, lifeless, one-size-fits all commodity. On the contrary, wood is more like a living, breathing, holistic palette of color and texture — one that can be personalized to your individual tastes. Collectors know that the varieties of wood are virtually endless, and when you couple that variety with our knack for inventing beautiful and useful walking cane and walking stick designs, the average collector has more to choose from than he or she can handle in a lifetime.

Now, to the question, here are a few quick and dirty wood recommendations:

I want strong and I couldn’t care less about weight!

Fair enough, go with hickory as your first choice, or ironwood as your second. If you want to drop a little cash, many of the exotics would fall into this category as well.

I want lightweight and strength isn’t an issue, because it’s not like I’m going to be using this thing as a barbell!

Ah, you want straight pine, aspen, aromatic cedar, or even a smaller sassafras or sweet gum stick (48 inches or less). Those will do you just fine.

I demand the best of both worlds. I want something lightweight and strong as a bull! Bet you can’t do that!

We most certainly can! Try the Iron Bamboo on for size. It’s the lightest-weight stick we carry, and it’s got a strength-to-weight ratio that’s greater than steel.

I want cheap. I don’t want to pay a lot for handcrafted, Made in the USA quality!

Hey, who doesn’t want to save a buck or two these days? Go with straight pine or pick from the plethora of walking sticks and walking canes on our Brazos Bargain page, they’re all 30- to 50-percent off retail.

I’ve got a couple of Benjamins burning a hole in my pocket, point me to the Cadillacs!

Yes, sir! Right this way to our Collectors Page. Can we get you some caviar while you’re shopping?

So, as you can see there are plenty of choices. Feel free to email or call if you have any questions. But be forewarned: Once you feel The Quality of American Craftsmanship in your hand, you’ll want to become a collector.