My late Mom always stood up very straight even as she got into her early 90's. Then she had to start using a cane because she was losing her balance. The cane was fitted to her by rehab.
As Mom got older I noticed she was starting to bend over as she walked. Even without the can she was bent over to the spot where she would be using her cane. Mom was big on talking calcium, for years prior she took calcium pills, drank calcium enriched orange juice, ate a lot of cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, had numerous glasses of milk.
My Dad on the other hand, gave up his cane and used a rolling walker. Dad never developed that bent over condition.
At the hospital the other day [I volunteer there], one elderly lady was hunched over so badly she probably could reach the floor with her hand... she was using a cane.
Now it is making me wonder if canes could contribute to this bent over back issue?