It isn't something you think of much when you are young, unless you are caring for an elderly relative. As you grow older, though, it becomes deadly, which I will blog more about tomorrow.
In the meantime, I'll leave you with an excerpt from my 2011 post, which included this passage:
"Falling has been on my mind a lot lately. So has aging.
Last Tuesday, I was walking in my neighborhood. Fresh snow covered the sidewalk. I should have known better - this particular house, I knew, doesn't take good care of their sidewalks. I thought, though, there shouldn't be a problem.
I was wrong. There was ice under the snow. My feet slid from under, I fell on my butt, and hit an ice bank on my right side.
I thought I wasn't hurt. I got up, my dignity slightly damaged (someone was cleaning off their car, and I don't think even noticed), and proceeded on my way. But by the time I got to work, I knew I had hurt myself.
Three days later I saw my massage therapist, my back hurting and pain occasionally shooting down my leg. He worked on me for an hour. He said nothing felt wrong, but I obviously had given myself quite a jolt. Even now, a week later, my back still doesn't feel right.
I've fallen on the ice before trying to get to work - although I certainly don't try to make a habit of it. I don't think I've fallen on ice in about three or four years, though. (I do have ice cleats, if it gets really bad.) Other times I bounced back. This time, not as fast.
The next day, one of my husband's co workers, who happens to be the brother of someone who works at my company, fell on the ice on his driveway (freezing rain having fallen) flat on his back. He had a backpack on because his school aged daughter had asked that he bring the backpack out to his car. No lasting damage, fortunately, because of the backpack (for one thing, it probably prevented him from hitting his head.). His doctor told him to put heat pads on his back. Maybe I should have done that.
Meanwhile, my balance stinks and I have to do something about it. My local Y (where I exercise) doesn't offer Tai Chi, which I've read could be of help. Yoga, I'm not so sure about, with my back problems. I've heard mixed things about Pilates for those with back problems. I need a back friendly exercise that will help with my balance. My search will continue.
Aging stinks. So does winter."
Tomorrow - part 2 of this saga