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  1. Hello there Thabo,
    I am back!! LOL
    Like I said, I love your website and the information and sure;y, I love this article that you have written. You have given some simple yet helpful tips to make your house and the life of ANYONE a better way to go!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Michelle

  2. Hello Thabo, such a thorough and helpful article on the fear of falling. And for those who live alone it is truly a worry. And it is so good as you said to know what kind of fear we are experiencing to work through it and not hold on to it. In peace and gratitude, ariel

    • Ariel,
      You are right that people need to work through their fear of falling. Fear of falling can cause people to restrict their activities and thus prolong their recovery. I’m glad you found the article helpful. Thanks for checking in.

  3. This is vital information! Many people with elders at home figure this out only after something bad has happened.
    Thanks for pointing these factors out for your readers!

    • Dianne,
      I’m glad that you found this information helpful. Yes, it’s much better to prepare and prevent falls and not wait for tragedy to happen. I hope this post serves as a wake up call for those taking care of elder parents. Thanks for checking in.

  4. I think you raise a really important issue here. I am talking to more seniors who are looking at CBD oil as a post trauma treatment and its wonderful for that, but really the thing to do is not have trauma in the first place. I recently read research that found your level of balance is an indicator of age so you could potentially have the balance of a 70 yr old at 40 and the reverse. I now pay more attention to balance exercises at the gym.

    • Hi Dr. Dough,
      Thanks for your insightful and helpful comment. I think you’re really on target when you talk about everyone paying more attention to balance exercises at the gym. Once more, falling is often a leading predictor of heart attacks in the elderly because it’s a sign that something is not right with the homeostasis state of the body. Thanks for checking in.

  5. It was not so long ago that my Mother had a fall while she was at home.

    She was alone as everyone else had other commitments at the time, and she really hurt herself.

    It is easy to overlook certain challenges in the home when we are younger, and we can forget that older people may find things more testing.

    Stairs are a perfect example of this.

    I love this site. It is very helpful.

    Thank you

    Chris

    • Yes, when you’re young it is very easy to overlook conditions in the house that can result in a fall. When dealing with older people we need to be more vigilant. I’m glad that you found this post useful.

  6. Thabo,
    Since I live with an older person, we have taken all of the steps already. This is a big concern for me also as I am in my mid 60’s. I use the reacher all the time. Safety is a major concern for older adults when living alone, should have someone check on them daily by phone or in person.
    John

    • Hi, John. Your comment cuts to the gist of the matter. Safety indeed is a major concern for older adults when living alone. Yes, someone should definitely check on them by phone or in person. Very good point. Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to the post.

  7. Great post Thabo, some really good information for all of us to know about not only with aging, but the disabled. I like all the tips you give.

    • Thanks, Fred. That means a lot to me as I’m a big fan of your website. I think you’re correct when you say that all of us should be more aware of steps that we can take to protect ourselves from falling. Thanks for checking in.

  8. Eric

    The first thing that pops into my head is you will spend the first few years of life trying to overcome a fear of falling. This eventually happens as you learn to walk, ride a bike, and run around.

    Then there is the irony of needing to make your own house fall proof as you age so that you don’t fall. Hurting yourself in ways that your mind spent so much time and energy removing from you.

    This definitely makes me think ahead and play for a residence without stairs but also more safety steps for my loved ones. Thanks for the tips. Eric.

  9. Safety around the house is so important as we age. I am always doing balance exercises for this very reason. It builds strength. We all lose muscle as we age, especially women and I don’t understand why we don’t try harder to stay strong.
    These are some great tips to make a home safer. I hope everyone who reads this takes your advice.

    • Hi Cynthia,
      As I have become a caregiver for an elderly mother with chronic back pain, safety around the house has become a big issue for me. Also, I unfortunately know friends whose loved one took a catastrophic fall that resulted in serious injury or death. I’m trying to help others avoid a similar tragedy. I’m glad you found my post valuable. Thanks for checking in.

      Thabo

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