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Seniors: The Threat of Falling; the Fear of Pneumonia

May 17th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Falling and pneumonia are two of the most dreaded of experiences aging people can encounter. Each has the potential of radically altering one’s lifestyle. The former is advertised as a fear and crisis, particularly for those who live alone. The latter has been called “the old man’s disease.” Each carries the threat of removing what independence, no matter how great or small, one has left.

Because of the magnitude of this threat, certainly in the case of falling, every precaution needs to be taken to make environments and movement as safe as possible. This requires an evaluation of living quarters, being aware of any obstacle and other mobility-threatening impediments. Rugs are particularly dangerous. Throw rugs should be eliminated entirely. Carpeting can create a hazard, particularly if the person does not lift one’s feet adequately when walking. There