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Minding our Elders: Excessive fear of falling can have varied causes

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DEAR CAROL: Is it common for people with dementia to be afraid of falling? My mother has Alzheimer's. She gets around with a walker but she needs assistance. I can understand an elderly person's fear of falling because injuries can be so serious but she seems abnormally afraid. Her fear keeps her from moving around as much as she can and that's not healthy. - Steve

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