My dog is a slob: staying upright and avoiding falls (and a patient story)

Before I get started on this post . . .  I have started reading How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman, which is the selection for our online Healthy Matters book club.  Check out the recent post about it here and start reading!

Falls

Zoe clutter
Zoe needs to clean up her toys

Check out our dog, Zoe.

She is a sweet and happy beast with bad hips and definitely has some issues with staying tidy.  This is a small sampling of her extensive toy collection which is strewn throughout our house.  She’s a slob.

So why am I showing pictures of my dog?

Just imagine yourself in the middle of the night navigating that minefield of toys and dog beds and sleeping dogs and not tripping.  Ugh.  I’m going to talk about falls, mostly in the elderly, but really it could be in anybody.

In this post you will find:

  • Photo evidence of my “research” in the form of an unplanned walk through my own house.
  • A story of a patient for whom a fall was life-changing.
  • Risk factors for falls.
  • Lots of links to great resources and videos.
  • Guidance from experts in fall prevention from the Healthy Matters radio show.
  • Two cools things – a checklist for safety in your own home and video clips which demonstrate the effect of vision on falls.  Check out both of these later in this post

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