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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

"I've Fallen and I Can Get Up"

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My day began pretty rough. I got up worked out, took a shower, stepped out of the shower only to take a tumble on the tile. My first reaction was to laugh. But then I thought, wow maybe I broke a my hip, or my wrist. I did feel pain. But the good news I was able to get up. And I was able to walk. So I figured I was ok. And slowly but surely I became mobile again. This happened on a day when a story hit that wires that shows Wisconsin leads the nation in deadly falls in people over 65. It made me think we should remember to check the homes of elderly relatives and friends. You never know when they may be at risk of falling, and may not be as lucky as me. Imagine if they live alone. They may be unable to get up. How sad. The report comes from the National Safety Council. It says 87 out of every 100,000 Wisconsin Seniors die from falls each year. That's second only to New Mexico. The Safety Council urges older adults to take precautions securing rugs with nonskid bottoms and handrails. Good advice. Something we should think about for older friends and relatives. In fact, maybe for all of us. After all, when I get home, I need to check for bruises. (Smile!)

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