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Reactions from an elder after falling.

I took insights from a Coworker who has reacted defensive to request for help after he has fallen a few times.

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As I was leaving my building after work someone called me, "dany, dany..." I looked back and it was my coworker from another floor asking for help. When I approached him he asked, "Can you help me with my bag and walk around the corner to get a taxi?. He was back to the office after he recovered from surgery. While at home, suddenly his leg got numbed and failed and fell down the stairs and fracture his arm and leg . In order for me to get a valuable insight I went back to him and asked him a series of questions to understand more his situation after falling. He is 62 years old. Here are his thoughts. 

Would you like to get helped to avoid future falls?

“To be honest, I am just not interested because I do not think that they(physicians) can help me any.”

Do you think there is something you can do to avoid falls?

“Well, I do not think that there's anything I can do. I do not know what I can do.”

What was your reaction to the fall?

It was sort of like, “Boy, how clumsy can you get?” I didn’t immediately start thinking that, “oh, no, I am not going to be able to take care of myself” or anything like that. I was sort of annoyed with myself that I had done that, more than anything else.

Do you feel frustrated in your recovery period?

"Yes, but I shook it off and came back on track quick."

Do you think you need help to prevent falls?

Nahh, I'm not that old yet. I try to be really careful, especially down my basement stairs. I mean, I have fallen there before, and I do not want that to happen again. I also watch where I put my feet now more often than I did before.


What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

He has fallen more than one time, and request medical attention for his fall. When asked how he felt right after the fall, he named emotional expressing anger at himself, fear but reacted defensive and reluctant to request for help.The moment when Elders are crossing the line between being independent to be depending on others is the most critical since they feel they don't need help yet.

Tell us about your work experience:

I work as a Project Leader for the Department of Social Services of NYC at the Management Information Systems Division.

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Hi Daniel!

Thank you for sharing this with us. Did he have a very independent life before the accident? Would there be any consequences at work if they found out he was prone to falls?