January 2015

Making a difference with STAR measure 13

In 2007, my 70-year old mother’s right hip joint imploded—an unusual form of bone loss that led to hip replacement surgery. In 2009, she stumbled on the stairs during a midnight trip to the bathroom, and fractured two lumbar vertebrae. Eight months later, she slipped on a patch of ice outside the front door while retrieving the newspaper, and broke her ankle.

Our family oversaw her recovery from these events with great concern—falls of this nature in the elderly female population so often are the first signal of the end of life’s journey.

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