Bob was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really angry. She told him “Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE!”

The next morning he got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway.

Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, brought the box back in the house. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.

Bob has been missing since Friday.

A little over a year ago, as we were leaving a party late one evening and I was helping my dear friend Christina into my car, which was sparked on a hilly street, I fell. Ever since then, Christina has told people that I fell for her at a party.

Getting more serious, over the past five years in my various writings about the journey of life, I have on many occasions written about the things we need to be concerned about as we age. Today, I want to address the issue which, according to every study on aging reports as the number one cause of death of seniors, and that is “Falling”.

Yes, dear friends, over 75% of deaths of those over 65 years of age result from a fall, which is followed by hospitalization, rehab, pneumonia, and death.

The single most important sense we have is that of “sight”. No matter what your age, when you see someone you know, a family member or friend, who it is obvious has a walking problem, do not be afraid to speak up to make certain they give up their independence and get help.

Park your car in the parking lot of any super market, shopping center, medical offices, etc. and watch as elderly persons get out of their cars and struggle with walkers to enter those buildings, and you quickly realize what danger confronts them.

It is not only a danger to their life, but if they survive the fall, they and their families are faced with large medical costs, many of which are not covered by insurance, for months, weeks, or years. The families of the elderly who live at home, also need to make certain that their loved one’s home is as fall safe as possible.

I live in an assisted living center, and I can sadly tell you, my readers that, despite the fact that the facility is well staffed and the high percentage of persons with walkers and wheel chairs have significant caregivers around them all the time, not a day goes by without one or more residents falling and requiring hospitalization; and not all of them survive.Those that do, are forever confined to wheel chairs and require personal caregivers 24 hours a day.

As we live longer, we are faced with a growing number of healthcare related issues. While our life can end due to many illnesses, it remains that falling and the related consequences, is the greatest life and financial threat to the elderly and their families.

Bernie Otis is a well known Writer, Author, Speaker, as well as a highly respected Food, Beverage and Laundry Consultant, Marketing/Sales Consultant. During his lifetime he has been involved in the Design and supplying of All major Hotels in Las Vegas, Disneyland and major hotels, hospitals and universities nationally and restaurants (he has been involved in the Design of almost all restaurants in Southern California.

Bernie’s 2 Books; “How to Prepare for Old Age—Without Taking the Fun out of Life” and “Revenue Generation Through the Sale of Kumquats——And Other Things” are Best Sellers on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. His weekly blogs can be read at

Bernie also is an advisor to families needing information on Senior Living Facilities and other issues related to Aging

Bernie can be reached at–818-519-8347

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