In robe and slippers, Jean, 80, was preparing her breakfast when a sudden slip sent her falling to the floor. She knew she was injured but was not in much pain. Unable to get up, with both her cell and landline phones out of reach, she spent hours lying helplessly on the floor until her daughter stopped by after work to check on her. The story is based on the actual experience of a friend of the author and illustrates the heightened risk of falls faced by the geriatric population. One in every three adults age 65 and older falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).