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.
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.
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.