One of our sisters who is 86 years old and up until last week was robust and sharp and in control of her life, is now dying. She had a very very bad fall about two months ago; she fell flat on her face, walking on the sidewalk outside of her house. She sustained some broken bones, most notably her cheekbones, and was in rehab. Then things went downhill from there. She came up to our skilled care floor up here to continue recovering, but developed blood clots in her legs. Two days ago she became very confused, disoriented, and was even hallucinating. They took her to the hospital for a brain scan and discovered a new and ongoing brain bleed. Now she is unconscious and is on hospice.
It happened so quickly that we are all in shock.
She's not the first. I've known of at least five other persons who have fallen , with bad results, in the last year.
This brings me to an article I read recently in Slate about how dangerous falls are , especially to senior citizens. I'm quoting from it here: