Staying Upright

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“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

The words have become a joke—but in fact, they are no laughing matter. My father’s fall precipitated two year’s of declining health that led to his death. My mother’s fall deeply curtailed her mobility, leading to cascading health problems. Now in the last week three more adored elders have fallen prey to the fall. One friend’s father was found on the floor after three days. Another friend’s mother broke her back, tripping over a rug. And my beloved aunt, perched atop a stool to search for something in a top cabinet, went “Boom.” Happily she only bruised her ego. But together these incidents seem to point to the logic of another post on Fall Prevention.

The fact remains, falls are dangerous. And the more innately frail you are, the more dangerous they become. Hence this post, with four links to information on how to prevent falls.

1.     Make the immediate environment safer by eliminating things that tempt a trip

2.     Practice balancing

3.     Get plenty of Vitamin D

4.     See our Fall Prevention checklist

And remember: When you are nearing 90, no matter how spry you are, you really shouldn’t be climbing on a chair.

Be sure to read our series on Fall Prevention: Preventing a Fall (Part 1) with 6 simple ways to make an environment safer; Preventing a Fall (Part 2) which offers tips to help balance; Preventing a Fall (Part 3) with a link to a brochure for more tips. Also visit our Facebook Page and download our Fall Prevention checklist, found under "Reports."