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Photo from The Stay Steady Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago

By Lara Pickford-Gordon, lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org

I once witnessed an elderly relative of mine fall. One Sunday, she apparently stumped her foot and fell on her knees, which would have hurt immensely because of arthritis. She took a few minutes to absorb the shock and pain before standing upright without assistance.

Ageing is a risk factor for falling but falling is not inevitable because of age. “As you age, you become more at risk for falls,” said physiotherapist Dr Carla Rauseo in an interview with Catholic News, April 9. She listed muscle loss, degeneration of eyesight, balance, hearing loss, skeletal deformity and arthritis as contributing factors. These however, “do not mean we have to fall; there are things we can put in place to lower our risk”.

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