Looking Both Ways

Although we're always in favor of getting off the couch and moving, it's important to remember that doing so is not without it risks. This is particularly true for the aging population who make up for a disproportionate number of pedestrian deaths (20% in 2012). As the New York Times observed on Monday, the increased danger can lead to a host of behaviors--such as crossing in the middle of the street--which are meant to mitigate risks such as drivers who take a turn without looking closely at the crosswalk.

Although the problem is multifaceted, one thing which is clear is that the more active one remains throughout their live, the more comfortable they'll be outdoors and the more mobility they're likely to retain. It's one of the many reasons we do what we do, and although this is a sobering reminder of that fact it's important nonetheless!

Hal Ebbott