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When A Tough Girl Falls

Melissa McCarty | Posted 01.12.2017 | Women
Melissa McCarty

It's a warfare within, raised to fight what makes us weak. Racing thoughts won't settle, sleepless nights and rapid fears. Thinking, I've been too s...

The Peg-Leg Pirate

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 11.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

Two years ago I was the one-arm bandit (having broken my shoulder falling off a stage with microphone still in hand as I was starting a presentation)....

Self-Esteem and Night Bicycling

Peter Mandel | Posted 03.23.2017 | Fifty
Peter Mandel

It's a new strange truth of contemporary life. There are those among us who are immune to accident: safe from slipping on soap, or getting plastered by a passing bus.

Falling... Falling... Down

Jane Giddan and Ellen Cole | Posted 12.18.2016 | Women
Jane Giddan and Ellen Cole

Decades ago, I learned in physics class that objects fall at the rate of 32 feet per second per second, but I never imagined that might apply to me. ...

A Walk to the Cliffs

Heather Gillis-Harris | Posted 11.30.2016 | Impact
Heather Gillis-Harris

My son Dexter and I took a walk on my mom's property in northern New Hampshire this past Thanksgiving. There are cliffs that sit high atop her 100 acres of land that I have never climbed to. This is where my mother wants her ashes scattered.

Fall-ing for You

Cynthia Allen | Posted 10.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Cynthia Allen

The phenomena of "fall" and "falling" fascinate me and the way we engage with these phenomena loom large in our mental and physical health. And it is ...

Breaking a Leg and Having Your Show Go On

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 09.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Kay Tacke Morse

I feel quite lucky to have slipped down the stairs, in my last act. I may not have had the story redevelop as it has, with out that break. The fall encouraged my awareness that the show must go on, with a proper script. We get to write, produce, direct and perform on this stage, this life, we have been cast for.

The One Sign Of Aging We All Dread

Laurie Levy | Posted 09.05.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

Saturday night, I tripped on an uneven sidewalk coming home from a neighbor's dinner party. It was dark. I had had a bit too much (for me) to drink. I was wearing shoes that were comfortable but not too ugly, so yes, they made me less stable. Just to be safe and because we had enjoyed a lovely evening, I was holding my husband's hand. And down I went.

Why the Floor Is Your Friend

Stacy Barrows | Posted 07.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Stacy Barrows

The floor, after all, is for foot traffic. It's hard... needs a good cleaning, and is much farther away from our derrières than the comfy sofa. The floor has a bad rep. But as a movement therapist, I have learned that the floor is my friend. Here are three reasons why:

Safety Technology Not Just for Seniors

Geri Spieler | Posted 07.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Geri Spieler

There are new "toys" on the market targeted to seniors. However, while these products are marketed for seniors, they are devices anyone can use for sa...

How to Talk to Your Elderly Parent About the Dangers of Falling

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.26.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

A simple fall can cause a serious hip fracture, broken bone or head injury, which can lead to hospital stays, disability, loss of independence and even death. But even falls without a major injury can cause seniors to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active.

Why Losing Control of Your Life Is a Good Thing

Mercedes Maidana | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Mercedes Maidana

Last night I had a dream in which I was falling from the sky at full speed and was about to smash my face into a gray, concrete road. I don't know abo...

Dad Fell... Again

Maura Horton | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Maura Horton

A fall can happen any moment for us. Parkinson's isn't thinking not now, not today or wait until mom gets home. Falling is rapidly loosing control. I believe for families of Parkinson's sufferers, we all feel that lack of control whether we hit the ground physically or emotionally.


Lillie Leonardi | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Lillie Leonardi

For more years than I care to acknowledge, I have attempted to rebound from the emotional effects of a traumatic injury. And sadly, I must admit that I have far too often felt sorry for myself.

Falling: Recovery, Silence and the Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

My friend had been told that clergy shouldn't show weakness. They shouldn't admit to perceived failures. Somehow we have taught that Christians are people of perfection, and not people of redemption.

Insane Base Jumping Will Make Your Heart Jump Out Of Your Chest

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.10.2013 | Weird News

That's not flying... That's falling with style! With extreme style, that is. Simple sightseeing wasn't enough for jumpers, Marshall Miller, Cade P...

Ladders Are Hard

Posted 02.26.2013 | Comedy

Some people just aren’t meant to climb ladders. For your amusement, here are those people. Oh, and kids? Don't try any of this at home. Via Ta...

This Won't End Well

Posted 02.24.2013 | Comedy

Football, basketball, hockey, martial arts, European football... all of these athletic events offer plenty of excitement when all goes according to pl...

Falls Are No Laughing Matter, Costing Lives, Especially Among the Old, and Billions of Dollars for US Health Care

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In real life, a fall is not the least bit funny. And when an elderly person takes a tumble -- even a short one from a curb or a standing position -- the chain of events that follows can be catastrophic, the cost to our health care delivery system is huge.

The Daily Balancing Act

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 10.16.2012 | Comedy
Jeffrey Shaffer

I now maintain ultra-vigilant status during grocery excursions. I absolutely, positively do not want to meet my end in the produce aisle.

Handling The Fall

Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman | Posted 09.18.2012 | Religion
Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman

I am a terrible blamer. I came face to face with this today, after I dropped my three kids off on the camp bus near our house and took off on an early morning bike ride in Central Park.

Physics Explains NYC Man's Phenomenal Catch Of Falling Child

Posted 07.18.2012 | Science

By: Life's Little Mysteries Staff Published: 07/17/2012 06:03 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries A New York City bus driver has been hailed as a...

3 Lifestyle Choices That May Prevent Falling

Posted 07.15.2013 | Fifty

The United States Preventive Services Task Force has weighed in on health issues such as prostate cancer screenings. Now the government panel is turni...

How to Begin to Cultivate Hope After Failing

Carolyn Rubenstein | Posted 08.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Rubenstein

Failing (especially failing BIG) provides you with a sense of freedom that you can never gain by playing it safe. It's this freedom that separates you from those who never leap.

Fear of Falling

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 05.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

A month ago, I almost became the subject of one of my own medical school lectures, after an episode that illustrated one of the most serious health problems facing older adults and their doctors: falling.