In older adults, falls contribute to increased disability, premature nursing home placement, and injury related mortality.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
Please read this and remember these words: walking, balance, and gait. It is likely that many of us will observe these problems in the elderly in the future. You might make a dramatic difference in someone's life by committing this research to memory.
Both my sister and I noticed at least two years before before my mother was diagnosed with probable Alzheimer's, that when, my mother was walking on a hard floor her feet made a very distinctive "scraping sound". You couldn't miss it.
At the time, and when I mentioned this to friends, I received the usual comeback - she is just getting old.
I took her to the first of what become 4 doctors before we finally got to the bottom of the problem. Guess what her long time personal physician said - "She's just getting old". Guess what I said? You're fired.
Please take the time to read this important and informative research. You might want to consider sharing this with friends and others who have parents that are getting older.
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