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  1. Alex

    Hi Kerryanne!
    Thank you for this informative article and your advices! I will tell about it my parents, they are now around 70 and they should know about this risks for sure. It is better of course, to be prepared and even know it at an early age. I think it is better to have one floor home for elderly people.
    All the best,
    Alex

    • Hi Alex, yes, absolutely it is better. However, sometimes our parents live in a two-storey house and that’s their home. The place they do not wish to leave. If your parents live in a one storey house, you can omit the stairs and the rails, while fall-proofing it 😉 I hope this text will still be of some help to your parents.
      All the best,
      Kerryanne

  2. Hi, Kerryanne,

    Thank you for this post.

    I wasn’t aware that falling down is something that elder people may experience until I saw how my mother fell.

    She’s only 63 and is quite a mobile woman but I believe the aging process has its impacts on her health anyway.

    I have a question. If a fall didn’t have any serious consequences like a fracture of bones or brain trauma, could it leave some invisible traces that may cause problems in the future?

    I appreciate your feedback on this!

    Best Wishes,
    Natalie

    • Hi Natalie, I hope your Mom is ok now 🙂 At 63 it might be the first warning sign and lucky she is if everything ended without serious consequences.
      A fall is a fall, it can always cause a muscle sprain, strain which can become more painful later. Also, in some cases a hairline fracture may occur on bones which goes with tolerable pain at the beginning, so might be ignored, thinking this is an impact of the fall and will heal with time, which actually also might be a case.
      BUT: Whatever fall in an older person we are talking about-small, big, a small trip over something which nearly resulted in fall or ending up on the floor with pain-it is always a good idea to see a doctor about it and find out what it caused.
      When told about a fall, he should also check gait and balance, blood pressure, both sitting and standing, review medication and perhaps change or decrease the doses. He’ll check the other illnesses that may have an impact on balance, heart and neurological conditions, do some blood tests, maybe on vitamin D also.
      A vision, hearing and podiatry check would also be a good idea. This way you can really be sure there are no hidden consequences of the fall and there will be fewer future ones, if any at all.
      So, I definitely suggest to see a doctor about it, no matter how insignificant the fall may seem now.
      The one invisible, but of huge impact on the life of the fall sufferer is psychological, which I wrote of. Not in the least less important than the physical one.
      I hope this helps and answers your question. Don’t let another fall happen, do what you can to prevent it. All the best to your Mom!
      Kerryanne

  3. I can really related to falling and causing myself harm, I just started recently having neck, shoulder pain, and chronic headaches. I didn’t connect it to a fall in the past until I started going for treatment at a pain clinic, and my fall was not from being elderly my fall was from icy sidewalks walking my dog.

    So anyone at anytime could experience a fall, so we all must be very careful and your tips are a good place for us all to start.

    Jeff

    • Hi Jeff, a fall can indeed bring us more unpleasant surprises than it seems right away.I hope your pains are decreasing with therapy and you will be avoiding icy sidewalks this winter with or without your dog 😉 Anyway, thank you for your comment and finding my article a good starting point for fall prevention in future.
      All the best,
      Kerryanne

  4. Ivan

    Thanks for sharing this article. I certainly appreciate the part where you wrote about removing risks from the environment to reduce the chances of falling. There are so many things we can to create a better environment for our elderly. Even I sometimes trip and stumble on some things laying around that should be there. I’ll really take that list seriously and make sure to reduce risks in my house. Thanks again for going in-depth on this topic and I’ll be recommending this post to people who need to read this. Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you for your kind comment Ivan. I hope the “list” will really help you to spot the risks and develop a habit of removing all those before they could cause harm.
      Thanks for sharing my post with others.
      All the best,
      Kerryanne

  5. These are very important aspects to consider and very good tips you gave. I do understand the need to live like before, without assistance but risks are real.
    Thank you for this very insightful article.

  6. Wow, what a great niche. I love your site and the niche you are focused on. It brings to the forefront important issues relating to the elderly that we do not pay attention to – also great information for us to bear in mind as we ourselves get older. The aspect of falls in regards ‘Environmental’ which you mention in your article are factors we take for granted. We assume any type of fall is more an outdoor risk, but forget that indoors we need to be vigilant to ensure we reduce the risk of household falls and accidents. Also, you point out that after a fall the person could become frightened and reduce activities, but having had a fall is when you should actually continue to try and be active and not stop. Thanks for such a detailed, informative and well-written article – I have booked marked your site so I can return to read more info about this. Like a said this is a very unique niche and it is a very important one for obvious reasons! Thanks, Ola

    • I’ll be glad to see you returning Ola. The “niche” comes out of my experience in working with elderly and taking care of all of my parents (my own and my husband’s) as well as elderly relatives. In my present work I meet also families of the elderly who often are confused, ignorant of any affairs that might occur with elderly, completely unprepared for what old age brings. That’s how and why this website came to life. There will be more articles which I think are important to elderly, but to their carers or loved ones, as well. I’m glad you could find this article valuable and some take away for yourself.
      Keep coming back, always welcome!
      All the best,
      Kerrryanne

  7. My mother fells at times. And broke both her hips at some point, thank goodness not on the same day. And now you mention it (When someone falls It is not uncommon that a person who fell starts avoiding activities) I am falling at times as well, and this was mainly because every time my mother broke a hip, I got very careful.
    That’s why I meticulously exercise, even for instance the hip exercise I hate, to be prepared when I fall.
    The main reasons I fall is distraction. When we are walking in the mountains the nature is beautiful. I know I have to watch where I am going, which I do. But still, sometimes all of a sudden there is a beautiful bird or a sound I don’t know. I look up and tsjoof, I fall. 🙂
    That’s why I think prevention is key, but also know what to do after you fell. So I like your article very much in explaining all aspects. Thanks!

    • Having a broken hip is one of the worst injuries for an aging person. My Mom broke hers making a wrong step while walking. She recovered, but was never the same again. No wander we, who saw the struggle they went through (like you saw your Mom twice) want to prevent ourselves from being there as well.
      I salute you for being so committed to keep yourself active, but safe. Although you occasionally fall, as long as your bones and your muscles are strong enough to cope with it, you should be fine. And, who can resist a sight of birdie which nature probably adorned with most beautiful colors…
      Keep exercising and stay safe 😉
      …and come again, I love seeing you here 😉

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