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My mom fell twice in the last month.  Both times she broke a wrist, now she is in two casts, she can't even get a drink of water.  I am at a loss, but am afraid this may be too much for me to handle on my own.  I am glad you recovered quickly, hopefully she will too!

 

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My mom fell twice in the last month.  Both times she broke a wrist, now she is in two casts, she can't even get a drink of water.  I am at a loss, but am afraid this may be too much for me to handle on my own.  I am glad you recovered quickly, hopefully she will too!

 

Jen
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kimzeesmom wrote:

I am a 75-year-old woman. A few hours after having a dexascan that showed my bones had degraded to the point where I now need Prolia injections, I slipped on a wet sidewalk, somehow landing on my left hip and right knee. Two men helped me up, and after taking stock of myself, limped to my car and drove home. Couldn't even use a cane. On which side would I hold it? My son drove me around for the next week or so till my knee recovered. The bruises were world class! Someone is watching over me. 


Wow, so happy you recovered swiftly! 

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I am a 75-year-old woman. A few hours after having a dexascan that showed my bones had degraded to the point where I now need Prolia injections, I slipped on a wet sidewalk, somehow landing on my left hip and right knee. Two men helped me up, and after taking stock of myself, limped to my car and drove home. Couldn't even use a cane. On which side would I hold it? My son drove me around for the next week or so till my knee recovered. The bruises were world class! Someone is watching over me. 

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Re: Falls

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Falls are not an unusual occurence during the aging process. One of the most important areas to assess is the reason(s) for the fall. It is helpful to also assess where the falls occur. Falls can occur due to vision problems, balance issues, medical problems that can increase falls etc. Also falls can occur due to clutter and other safety issues. A medical evaluation/checkup is important to rule out or correct medical issues. Also, certain safety enhancements can occur at home to help reduce falls. Many falls occur in bathrooms, unlit areas, and when navigating steps. There are companies that can help make modifications to bathrooms that may help reduce falls. Changes can be as simple as wearing non skid shoes, decluttering a room and placing safety/non-skid mats on floors. Falls can be managed. 

Dr. Marcy 

Jen
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d58793g wrote:

I have a friend whose father is 90+ years old. He still has all of his facutlies but has fallen 3 times ing the last 4 weeks. What can I do to help her?

 


Hi d58793g:

 

Please share this with your friend. 

 

Common Risk Factors

  • Balance and Gait – as we age, declining coordination, balance and flexibility increase fall risk.
  • Vision and Hearing Loss – both vision and hearing impairments increase risk for older adults.
  • Medications – certain medications, or combinations of medications, may cause dizziness or dehydration, leading to increased risk of falling.
  • Environment – often seniors haven’t installed necessary modifications to improve home safety.
  • Chronic Health Conditions – complications from conditions such as arthritis, stroke, UTI, or diabetes can increase fall risk.

5 Steps to Prevent Falls

  1. Exercise – find an exercise program such as Tai Chi that improves balance, fitness, and strength.
  2. Vision and hearing checks – schedule annual screenings and update eyeglasses prescriptions.
  3. Review medications – have your doctor or pharmacist regularly review prescriptions for possible side effects that may increase fall risk.
  4. Keep your home safe – perform regular home safety assessments; remove tripping hazards, increase lighting, and make assistive modifications.
  5. Talk to your health care provider – communicate any concerns and ask for a fall risk assessment.
AARPJen
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Get a bath mat suction cups.Good luck.

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I got a bath mat with suction cups like our family had back in the sixties. After falling 3 times all due to soap,rinses or conditor. There was no time to grab a bar. Feel a lot better and safer. Cheers everyone! Onward!

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I have also had several recent falls and I am only in my mid-60s.

 

I think part of my issue is weakness when I have not had enough sleep, and am investigating the fall alert systems, as currently healthy otherwise.

 

I would suggest, perhaps, a thorough physical, as it may be some physical ailment, or disease (e.g., Parkinsons)? If not that, then investigate fall alert systems, just to be safe?

 

Phil Harris, actor and showman, to John Fogerty of CCR: “If I’d known I’d live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”
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Falls

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I have a friend whose father is 90+ years old. He still has all of his facutlies but has fallen 3 times ing the last 4 weeks. What can I do to help her?