Talked to our neighbor, my age, this afternoon as he shuffled along the street carefully holding on to his walker. He fell off his ladder last fall while trying to clean gutters. Busted ribs and back. Main problem seems to have been some kind of infection internal to the spine from the back. Was operated on a month ago to remove the infection mass and insert metal rods, 3x, been on an iv antibiotic drip since 3x / day and for another week. Wears a massive brace around his torso for support.
Makes one think about the casualness of youthful exuberance, the slow recovery in older age, and perhaps smaller living quarters.
All of the above - an ounce of prevention, too.
Not quite there yet - but a bad knee combined with common sense (?) actually made us book a professional carpenter for some things around the house.
Not to be macabre, but the father of one of my co-workers fell off a ladder while doing something around the house recently, hit his head, went into a coma and never came out. Passed away last week, age 75. Be careful!! We're not as nimble as we used to be.
We have a saying here at home "one no sooner falls overboard than drops his/her infant child on its head on the kitchen floor". Accidents are generally avoidable. I think that more and more highway accidents under reasonable conditions are due to distracted driving and are quite avoidable. Soon enough, cars will drive themselves, presumably better than we drive.
Nearly 10 yrs ago, I put some lines thru eye bolts along the front roof - not readily visible from a tacky viewpoint. When we had ice dams, I had to be on the roof & this allowed one hand for a line or a loop that went around my waist. One can jump off our front roof (say 8' high) onto piled up snow in some winters. There was one time when I could just about have stepped off the front roof. The south wall, in need of staining, is quite high (fully extended ladder plus a bit) & not for me.