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Old 02-01-2017, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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Mine are. Falls are so bad for us old people, on real old people it often leads to all kinds of complications that sometimes lead to the final.
I do exercises each morning and evening to strengthen my legs and I suppose it helps. I also take a half hour walk every day with my dogs.
Still I know my legs are much weaker than only a few years ago. And my balance and weight shifting is much poorer than I think it should be at 73.
Leg weakness is not the major reason for falls in the elderly. Loss of balance is and that can come from a variety of Neurological conditions, many of them serious. My husband has serious loss of balance and fall. He has Parkinson's disease. That is just one of Many such illnesses that cause this Loss of balance.

So is you have lots of falls, especially if they are backwards, get to a Dr. and get checked for the Neurological illnesses.
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Old 02-01-2017, 03:11 PM
 
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If only it was as simple as "weakness." A lot of good posts pointing out possible causes.

Meds, neurological problems, vision, blood pressure, environment, hearing problems separate from inner ear problems that also cause problems.

But it sure isn't hopeless. Almost all, if not all, can be improved upon, if not completely remediated.
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Old 02-01-2017, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Muscle weakness is a well known side effect of taking statins:

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I did not have muscle weakness, but I definitely had muscle pain.

Statins are not for every one.
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Old 02-01-2017, 04:29 PM
 
Location: SW US
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All these comments on statins....when they do the research to see if the benefits of statins are worth it, in terms of lowering cholesterol and more importantly actually lowering heart disease, what about all these other side effects?

A fall for a senior can result in broken bones and an continued downward spiral of dependence and poor health, maybe death from pneumonia if they are immobile long enough. THESE things must be considered before putting someone on meds that may lower cholesterol a few points and MIGHT stave off heart disease.
It's my understanding that statins lower CoQ10. And you can supplement it and perhaps reverse the muscle decline. But the real question is how necessary is it to take the statins?
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Old 02-02-2017, 06:42 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Haven't had time to read the replies, but do you get enough protein? I ask b/c I think a lot of people don't--we live in a pretty carb rich environment but you need protein to keep and build muscle.
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Old 02-02-2017, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Whatever the reason for weak legs don't be one of those people that refuse to use a cane. Almost everyday I see some old person taking half steps that looks like they will fall over any minute.
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Old 02-02-2017, 09:11 PM
 
Location: southwestern USA
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Weak legs, of course can be a result of neurological illness.
Being 67 myself, I have had periods where I have become sedimentary. I have come to regret those periods of inactivity as my joints and legs have gotten weak.
It is not a guarantee, but I try to walk at least 10,000 steps a day and do a little bike work at the gym 3 days a week. I usually feel better after workouts, and I haven't had leg pains in awhile. Talk to a physician and get his/her advice about exercise.
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Old 02-02-2017, 09:29 PM
 
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I discovered a supplement that really helps with leg problems. It's called Venastat and can be purchased at Jet.com and Walmart.com. It contains what is called 'horse chestnut' which has proven to help. (it's not just for varicose veins)

Also magnesium supplements can really help with leg problems.

Both of the above can help alleviate swollen ankles, feet, calves, and help with leg circulation. And tingling and restless leg.
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Many reasons for the fall too, not just the weak legs. I make sure my kids don't leave something that can trip my husband. Eye/ leg coordination is another problem.
That has been my problem a couple of times. I've tripped on the (black) cat in the middle of the night.
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Old 02-04-2017, 08:34 AM
 
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I go to an exercise class twice a week. Part of it involves working on our balance. It really helped this morning.

My small dog that is going blind, decided to park himself under my foot just as I was crossing the baby gate. I went down to one knee, but didn't hurt myself. Dog is okay, but this is the second time this week he has done this. I have to be more careful. I think he just hears me coming down the hall and runs over.

I also was juggling too much stuff - coffee cup, clothes, phone etc. Trying to get over the gate without a "crutch". Never again.
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