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Has had multiple falls but no broken bones. says, "i'll be careful when asked why she isn't using her walker". Physical therapist says no walking unassisted, neurologist says same, but I catch her doing it all the time. Then she acts like she is being picked on for being reminded and says, "its not my fault if I can't remember". No dementia diagnosis, age is 87. Living with me because we have harsh winters and she can no longer drive herself due to severe osteoarthritis of the the shoulder, but says she will when"she gets better"

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My mom, 83 with recent hip replacement, needs to use her walker at all times but has the idea that she is going to improve and be walking and driving someday. She's had several falls but has been very lucky so far. The only thing I've found that works is to remind her of how much she hated the hospital and rehab and if she doesn't use her walker she will end up repeating that experience. And, it's not below me to suggest to her that she may never come home again if she falls and has serious injury. This usually makes her straighten up and fly right. For awhile anyway........
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My Dad wouldn't use his regular walker, either... and a fall backwards onto the driveway finally convinced my Dad that he needed more than just his cane. The physical therapist suggested a rollor walker [hand brakes, seat, basket] which my Dad really likes, my gosh you'd think I had bought him a Shelby Mustang the way he raves about that walker.

He uses it to go down the driveway to get the mail which he tosses into the basket... he even uses it to carry the trash bag to the curb, it gets to ride on the seat :)

Of course my Mom didn't want Dad outside with that walker, what would the neighbor's think.... well, I bet the neighbors were thinking "it's about time".
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It took a backwards fall & my Mom hitting her head to convince her to use a walker. After hospitalization, they sent her to rehab to learn how to use it. Since she lives in a senior facility now, she is surrounded by people who also use walkers so maybe it doesn't seem like such a bad thing anymore.
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