Catch me, I'm falling...

My mantra is Get well, live well, age well, for a reason. Today was a prime example of what I mean.

I went to meet my sisters, mom and sister-in-law for a belated birthday celebration on Long Beach Island.

No sooner than arriving at our destination we were met with catastrophe. My mother has balance issues, however she is 82 now. And unfortunately, as she toppled over, she took my sister with her. And we hadn’t even had a luncheon cocktail!

The upshot was that my mom, although shaken, has fallen many times, and knows how to relax and reduce her chances of injury. My sister on the other hand, was caught off guard and she took the brunt of the fall. Actually, her wrist took the hit.

EMTs and ambulances. Off to the emergency room. My sister, who had just arrived the other day from Texas, went with her to the hospital and spent several hours there.

The rest of us went to a subdued lunch. We followed up with our own trek to the hospital to wait until all the x-rays and vitals were taken, scripts written, and release given. You know the drill – hours later.

And I won’t even go into the difficulty in finding a pharmacy open past 5pm on a Sunday.

But we all stuck together and got it done. So a birthday celebration we won’t forget!

Back to Get well, live well, age well. None of us are spring chickens, ranging in age from 53 to 82, however how well we are, as we enter these years is so important to our recovery from accidents. Did you hear recently that people with balance issues have more fatalities?

Yes, for those of you over 65, fall-related deaths have increase 30% from 2009 to 2018, with the fastest rate in those 85 years or older. Now, as you know if you have been following me for awhile women are going to live an average of 87.9 years. So yes, you will have an increase chance of taking a fall. But will it be fatal?

It doesn’t have to be, if we take steps now that increase our balance, our muscle strength, and our bone density, which will safeguard us against these fatalities.