As I write this, it’s a dandy day here in Marshall, Michigan.
At 8:30 a.m. the sun hasn’t quite burned through the lingering morning sky.
But, you can tell it’s gonna be another pretty and sunny day.
The temperature is expected to top out around 80 degrees. In other words, about 14 degrees less than what we’d be having if we were down in Panama City, Florida.
I did like the heat. Yet, Marshall’s weather hasn’t been too hard to take…
Lately, my Mom has been falling.
She’s height challenged, as am I, so hitting the floor isn’t too far a distance.
And, this could be why she’s had no serious damage, yet.
Old people falling down is a major problem:
“Falls are the top cause of accidents in people over the age of 65. Falls are also the main cause of serious injuries and accidental deaths in older people…”
The medical staff at the ‘rest-home’ where Mom is, believe most, if not all, of the falls wouldn’t have happened if she’d only use her damn walker.
Mom’s relationship with her walker, which she’s dubbed ‘George’, has been a curious one…
Years past, when she didn’t really need a walker, she faithfully pushing and carried one about and ‘innocently’ used it as an instrument of torture and for tactical disruptions during episodes of on-site social intercourse that she felt weren’t satisfying her point of view.
Note To Donald Trump: Please savor the preceding example of stellar, if convoluted, political correctness!
Meanwhile, back to Mom’s falling dilemma:
Now that the nursing staff think using her walker would help stop her falls, and true to her historical nature of contrariness, she refuses.
No doubt this is a frustrating situation for her care givers.
And, I empathize with them.
Yet, have they tested her specifically for why she’s falling…other than assuming it’s because she’s old?
Being almost 93, doesn’t mean there aren’t underlying reasons for older people falling down.
Research has established a link between aging and declining balance.
Yet, great variations among individuals exist.
Lifestyle (previous & present), overall health, heredity, attitude and expectations, affect every aspect of our lives…
including our sense of balance.
If Mom’s strong enough for age appropriate locomotion, and she is, commonsense suggests there are causes for her falls.
It is possible she’s falling because she’s ‘just’ old.
But I don’t think so.
I know too many examples of older people who aren’t falling down just because they’re ‘old’. Click on the following 2 blue links for examples: Beauty and Experience
And, check out this old dude…
Video Of 94 Year-Old Marathoner:
See what I mean about active old people not falling down all over themselves?
Why do older people fall?
“Contrary to popular assumption, poor reflexes or tripping may not be to blame, according to groundbreaking research from Simon Fraser University released in 2012…”
Click on the following blue link to see more about the research findings: Why Old People Fall: A Study
Link to an informative article about falling and the source of the above quote.
Here’s a short list of known conditions that one, or more, could be causing Mom to fall:
- Side effects from one, or more, of the prescription medicines she takes.
- Her existing medical conditions: heart arrhythmia; high blood pressure and a thyroid problem.
- Her poor vision (she has Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy, as do I).
- Hearing loss. She swears she can’t hear. But, just try whispering something about her…
- Vertigo: The most common form of vertigo is BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo)
- Poor balance, possibly caused by any one of the above, and, or, lack of regular exercise which causes slower reflexes and muscle weakness.
We both know that if we live long enough, there may come a time when we can’t get around.
Mom says she’s not there yet.
And, I believe her.
Yet, to discover any specific reasons, for why she’s falling, would be a long process of elminating each possible cause…
Of which there must be many!
Realistically, and no matter how special her caregivers may think she is, how much time, money and effort, will the medical staff invest into such a project…
For a 93 year-old woman, who’s falling problems may be entirely age-related on the 1st place?
The jury is kinda still out on that one…
Stay tuned for updates.
You’ll love the following video, I did: 2 Ladies Who Have Been BFF’s For 94 Years, Look At Today’s Pop Culture:
That’s it for me. Until next time…
Ideas for me, your aging related story, and your comments are always very welcome.