Falling in Secret?
Do you have a secret?
Half the people who fall don’t tell anyone. “I’m so embarrassed.” “It was a fluke.” “I wasn’t paying attention.” “I was tired.” “I don’t want them on my case.” There’s always a reason not to mention it.
Ships and oil rigs have protocols mandating use of handrails on stairs and decks. Everyone must comply all the time, rain or shine, night and day. But out here, where able-bodied people jostle those who hesitate just a little, you’re on your own.
If you fall in private, you might keep it to yourself. But little by little a person with mobility problems will unconsciously restrict activity. This means isolation and deconditioning, which set you up for the next fall.
By the time a relative, friend or stranger notices, the underlying problem may be advanced, and you may have an injury. The recovery may be long; on the way out the door of the rehab hospital, you are issued an ugly, clumsy walker which serves to remind you and the rest of the world of your disability.
But what if you could get ahead of the curve? What if you could address your mobility problems before that fall, and maybe never have that injury?