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Why is my grandma so afraid of falling?

Grandma is so afraid of falling that she will no longer get out of bed with two people holding onto her. She is not frail and this fear seems blown out of proportion to the risk.
Status: Open    Feb 13, 2015 - 08:15 PM

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Dec 23, 2015 - 01:09 PM

Has your grandma had any previous falls? Many times, only having 1 fall can create stress and worry about another. Ask her why she is afraid - many times, they will tell you! Sometimes changes in people's vision, balance or having dizziness can create the sensation of falling even if it is not something obvious to us. These are all things that can be addressed by her medical provider. I would recommend keeping her room and bathroom environment safe by picking up rugs, have good lighting and using a walker or cane if necessary to help her feel safer.

It is important to address these things before she can't get out of bed!

Best of luck.

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Sep 03, 2015 - 10:47 AM

It could be that your grandma has heard frightening stories of other seniors who fell, a fall can be catastrophic for a senior but there are many ways to reduce the risk of falling. We have an article which discusses these, you may find it interesting and perhaps you can share some of the fall prevention tips with your grandma and see if it calms her fears.The article is 4 Principles to Prevent Senior Slips and Falls.


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