grace10 Posted February 5, 2011 Report Share Posted February 5, 2011 I feel so sad today. I went to Trader Joe's (a fun grocery store) this afternoon, and just as I was entering the store, there was an elderly woman sitting on a curb with some of the employees attending to her. She had fell on the way out of the store. She just looked so helpless, and one of the staff said she had to go for stitches to her forehead. There was a full bag of groceries unattended in the cart and I let staff know so they could do something with the items that are not going home with her now. Yesterday, in a class, the topic was falls. An elderly person falls every 18 seconds in this country (US) and the effects had be deadly or can begin the decline of physical and cognitive health. Most falls have little to do with things on the ground, etc. 75% are due to intrinsic (meaning things like balance, eyesight, blood pressure changes, perception) problems. Its part of the aging process. Really, it was two falls that did my mother in both cognitively and physically. First, there was the pelvic fracture last (2009) New Year's Eve day and the admittance to a nursing home where she stayed until she passed on. She made a fair recovery from that, but then there was another fall. Seeing the woman today just brought up a lot of sadness about my mother and what she endured with all the falls she had in later life. She lived in a wonderful place with great staff, and used a walker, but she still would have falls. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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