An elderly relative of mine has fallen and broken a hip twice. Once he was putting his pants on standing up; another time he was leaving the dining room in his assisted living facility and "it just happened." After the first break, his motto became, "Never put your pants on standing up." Good advice perhaps, but it doesn't get at the root problem, which (in his case at least) is lack of awareness of where his body is in space. He spills things. He knocks things over. He considers himself clumsy -- but clumsiness can be reduced through physical education sessions designed to teach people how to listen to, respond to, and take care of their bodies. Old women are particularly likely to be "clumsy" because they were sidelined from almost all sports participation when they were young.