ANSWER: I have mixed emotions about this. On the one hand, you want to make things easier for her; on the other, she clearly has her own mind about it. From a medical perspective, more exercise (not using the motorized cart) is probably better for her.
At some point, your mother will decide when it’s too much. If the choice ever becomes using an electric cart for outings versus not going on outings, then I would recommend the cart. Until then, as long as she is safe (not in danger of falling), I would let her decide how she wants to go out and shop with you.
As I often do, let me once again recommend regular exercise, supervised by the physical therapist her assisted-living facility is sure to have, as a way of improving her functioning and reducing her fall risk. And let me commend you for being there to help her.
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