Are one of those ‘digital deadwalkers?’

It’s like a scene from a horror film: Zombie-like creatures walk among us, heads down… arms out… and eyes glazed over.

But these creatures aren’t the result of some kind of post-apocalyptic virus. And they don’t want to eat your brains.

They just can’t put down their favourite new tech gadget.

Known as “digital deadwalkers,” these distracted pedestrians keep on strolling without a clue.

Be afraid, be very afraid. Because it’s not just millennials, with their faces in their Facebook profiles, who are walking around like the living dead and joining the digital deadwalkers.

Ladies, it could be you.

And you could get seriously injured and land up in the hospital – or worse, a grave.

According to a new study by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, more than 3,150 people were KILLED in this type of scenario in 2013 – and you know who the majority of them were? Women over the age of 55.

And of the 424,000 people who were injured while texting in 2013, about 20 per cent were women over the age of 71.

Now, the study didn’t say why the risk is so great in older ladies, but here are a few thoughts:

First of all, as you age, you’re just more prone to falls – and, when you do fall you are injured more easily too. Maybe your bones have become porous and fragile over the years… or maybe something like osteoarthritis has impaired your mobility.

Secondly, you’re doing a great job of walking and jogging outdoors. You know that exercise is a great way to get your body in shape and to keep your mind young, but you’re bringing along your digital distractions which can literally trip you up.

With as many as 60 per cent of pedestrians zoned-out on their devices at any given time, you need to watch out for them, because they’re not watching out for you! (And this is even truer when you are behind the wheel.)

So ditch the phones and tablets, and soak up some sun safely. You’ll get a healthy dose of vitamin D that’ll protect your bones, and you’ll keep both feet firmly planted on the ground – and out of A+E.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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