Monday, August 06, 2012

Yipes--falling risk


Debra Gelbart, AZ Republic, Aug 1, 2012, repeats the old line that one in three people over 65 will fall each year.

I am shaky because of no vision on the right. The rest of us old set over here are tippy, too.

The big causes are gait problems, weakness, dizziness, fainting, and confusion. Where is bad vision on that list?

Anyhow—The best thing is to stay active. Strength muscles, swim, something.

Wear appropriate shoes, sturdy, good support, as people used to say.

Take up slippery rugs and move cords.

If you take a med and get weird, ask about it.

Keep track of pets. Oh, this is one of mine! The dog who is ALWAYS where I want to step.

Drink plenty of water.

Maybe get one of those alert button doodads.

Maybe on that one—I suppose I should but don’t feel like it and cannot afford it.

I just creep around instead. And really feel like a frail old dope doing it.

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