suggest that MAY be a solution. It seem that trying to sit on or get up from a position that places your butt at or near floor level is difficult. Sitting or kneeling in a canoe is generally an easier position to attain or recover from.
Yes, canoes can be tricky for someone with balance or other age related issues but the idea is worth trying. There are numerous variations to get into and out of the canoe as well, so some experimenting is likely to be worthwhile. I'd suggest beginning with a canoe on soft grass, sand or even indoors on a rug. A Royalex or similar plastic boat would be virtually immune from any damage in such a scenario. If after some experimentation, perhaps with some assistance, the idea shows promise, I'd move the boat to the water and try again. If done with a borrowed boat, it's a no cost experiment. How can you loose?
Dogpaddle Canoe Works
Custom Paddles and Woodstrip Canoes
Rescue / Throw Bags
Kindle / iPad Cases
Kayak Motor Kit
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