I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!

i've fallen and i can't get up“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”

Who hasn’t joked about this ad? It’s so funny until, suddenly you are 60 or 70 or 80, and you find that, indeed, you can’t get up!

And then there’s nothing at all funny about it. It happened to my father-in-law who became too weak to get up from the floor. It happened to my father, who was both too weak and too confused to even know how to get up. My mother couldn’t get him up and had to call a neighbor. One of my friends, a nurse, sometimes teaches a class to elderly people on the techniques of getting up from the floor.


I’m only in my mid-50s and my knees are already noticeably weak. Luckily, I do yoga a couple of times/week and I’m used to getting down and up. But, I always use my hands and I wonder when I stopped being able to stand up just with the use of my legs. 🙁

Practice getting down on the floor and getting back up. Every day. I’m going to see if I can strengthen my legs so I don’t need my hands on the floor…

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