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Elderly Patients In The Hospital Need To Keep Moving


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Thelma Atkins ended up in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital-Highlands after a neighbor in her senior living center ran over her feet with a motorized scooter.
Terri Middlebrooks, a nurse at the hospital, tried to figure out how active the 92-year-old Atkins was before the incident. “Are you up and moving at home?” she asked.
“I can manage, but I have to have help sometimes,” Atkins replied.
Atkins said she uses a walker to visit friends and to get to the communal dining room. But she’s also fallen a few times in recent years.