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Safety Airbags for elderly people by ev on 27 September 2008 10:10am
 
Airbags for elderly people - not a joke!:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7633989.stm

 
Re: Safety Airbags for elderly people by mrsthing on 27 September 2008 9:29pm
 
What if you fall forward? Or crash into something sideways and break your hip, as my mother did when she fell? I'd be willing to bet more old people fall face first, or land on their side trying to correct their balance, than fall flat on their backs.
 
Re: Safety Airbags for elderly people by Spursfan on 27 September 2008 10:53pm
 
Because of my illness I could often fall over (WITHOUT the help of drink before you ask hahaha!) so when I read this in the newspaper I thought about myself!! But then I noticed it was only for falling backwards which is STOOOPID!!! :(

If I fall, I fall forwards!! Or even sideways. I haven't fallen backwards YET though it could happen. I guess that would be if you stepped on ice and your legs went from under you?

[Incidentally the funniest (though I have to say the most painful) fall was in Las Vegas. I was walking with my granddaughter quite quickly to the car across the car park. We were nattering away and suddenly - whoosh!! I went flying!! I was wearing shorts and cut up all my knees and my elbows. I had 'tripped' over a sort of 'sleeping policeman' - the barrier by each plot to prevent cars going any further. I said jokingly to my husband when I got to the car that I would sue the hotel. He said 'well it IS painted bright yellow!!!' which it was! We were just too busy nattering to notice it hahaha! ]
 
Re: Safety Airbags for elderly people by mrsthing on 28 September 2008 1:12am
 
I suppose you could wear it backwards...but that still doesn't cushion a sideways fall. My mom pitched forward off a step, turned sideways in an effort to regain her balance, lost her footing anyway and landed right on her hip. I heard the bone break when she landed. Poor thing; she was never really right after that.

I'm glad you're okay, though, Anne!
 
Re: Safety Airbags for elderly people by ev on 28 September 2008 2:02am
 
I think the point is that when you fall forwards you can often 'break your fall' with your hands and arms, but when you fall backwards, that's kind of it, maybe pyour head's cracked.. so maybe it's not such a bad idea.. the concept is pretty good - maybe they will make new versions with front and side airbags in the future.. :)
 
Re: Safety Airbags for elderly people by Spursfan on 28 September 2008 10:16am
 
Yes you're right, Ev. And thank you, Mrs T. Luckily the falls have got less, probably because I am wary of them now.

I am so vain I probably wouldn't wear a 'airbag' anyway!!

;)
 
Re: Safety Airbags for elderly people by peripatetically on 28 September 2008 12:54pm
 
Judy, most older people after breaking a hip, aren't quite right again. it's , in fact, a major cause of death. Much of the blood is formed in that region of the body, people become anemic and then more things go wrong. A broken hip in the elderly is more serious than a broken bone. Many never recover.
 
Re: Safety Airbags for elderly people by johnnythemonkey on 28 September 2008 1:20pm
 
....So if there's any old thespians you don't like, just say to them " Break a hip ! ".
 
Re: Safety Airbags for elderly people by kazzzz on 28 September 2008 1:27pm
 
And if they're Scottish thespians you say "burst a haggis"
 
Re: Safety Airbags for elderly people by peripatetically on 28 September 2008 1:28pm
 
hehehe.
 
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