Monday, January 30, 2017
Old people, fall like a paratrooper
Falls, of course, are the most common reason for someone to appear in the ER.
Physical therapists want to help people fall better.
--Protect your head. If you find yourself falling, pivot and land on your side, head tucked in.
--Don't fall flat on your back. (My other did this once in the driveway. Not good.)
--Don't "froosh"--meaning fall on outstretched hands. Falling on knees is also bad.
--Take the hit on the fleshiest parts--side of your thigh, buttocks, or shoulder.
--Try to roll like paratroopers do. Don't fight it.
OK, OK--they also suggest snappy somersaults like in martial arts.
Fortunately, and I am probably jinxing myself saying this, I have only fallen once as an old person--I was leaning forward to sweep, and just kept going forward. There was no tuck and roll option.
And no, I could not get up. Luckily my kid was home. She is no martial arts instructor, but she got me up.
Anyhow, I heard that drunks are less likely to get hurt. Too bad most people drink after the fall.