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Loneliness that generates new falls

Visit a local traumatologist in Lima, Peru to learn about the reality +50-year-old seniors who have had more than one fracture.

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How does your research relate to the Challenge?

Visiting the office of a traumatologist friend of a friend, we find different elements, especially observing the situation and objects of people who are in rehabilitation of their second fracture. Understand that when a person is immobilized, they need help and change the way they go to the bathroom, to clean themselves, the loneliness of starting over and several other interesting findings to help understand the experience of people who have suffered a lower limb fracture

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One of the reasons why people older than 50 years, fracture again in lower limbs is because they do not perform an adequate rehabilitation, not doing a good rehabilitation do not end up gaining stability and some vices at the time of walking , sometimes also insecurity to walk again. Therefore sooner or later the stability or the different way of walking generates risks, and those risks increase insecurity, for which sooner or later a second fall is likely. Loneliness during therapy and rehabilitation is one of the main reasons why you do not put all the effort, or even leave the rehabilitation period prematurely. Not being accompanied in a vulnerable situation generates a sense of abandonment, and this feeling of abandonment does not allow the necessary development. Even if, unfortunately, a new fracture is generated, the feeling of abandonment becomes stronger.  These sensations or wrong thoughts must be treated also psychologically, to recover and seek to stabilize as much as possible the way of walking, taking into account pains and difficulties in the displacement within the daily life of these people.

What is an insight, question, or provocation that might inspire others during this challenge?

¿How migth we create platforms that encourage accompaniment and reduce feelings of loneliness for people over 50 years of age during the rehabilitation of their first fracture?

Tell us about yourself

I'm Chapter Organizer of OpenIDEO Lima Chapter, This challenge and associated themes are very important for me because the public health system in my country is very bad, and I have relatives who have suffered from these problems, I hope to be able to contribute at least a small contribution.

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Lima Chapter

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Thanks Luis Delgado Corrales for sharing your insights in the Research Phase! What ideas did your findings spark? Now is the time to share them in the Ideas Phase!

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