Saturday, June 19, 2010

Elderly Challenge- Observation 1

I see that some of the elderly go to the wet markets to buy their groceries every morning or every weekend. The floor of the market is very wet and slippery, because it is an enclosed area and the stalls all need to wash their goods or to clean the floor, especially for fish mongers as they need to keep their fish fresh. They use ice, which melts very quickly as the place is not air-conditioned and many people touch the ice while picking fish. The floor ends up very wet and slippery, because the shoes the elderly wear are quite old, and are losing friction/grip. Thus it is easier for them to fall, as their bones are not as good and working compared to ours, we can walk in ease, but they can easily fall and hurt themselves.

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