Harry Gould hates to grumble, but will admit that a series of falls and needing a walking frame are a constant source of frustration.
For the 86-year-old Bassendean resident and veteran of a working life on the railways, the greatest challenge regarding falls remains his overwhelming desire to help, and not to be a burden.
Mr Gould is used to being the neighbourhood's Mr Fix-it, always willing to help with home repairs and chores, despite a major heart operation and a procedure to disconnect his right hip - cutting and plugging the femur.
He says that reminding his brain that his body is no longer able to move in certain ways is not always reliable, and has resulted in a few tumbles.
"I do get frustrated but I just have to accept it and try and think first because it's no good jumping up and down about it - not that I could," Mr Gould deadpans.
"When I fall, it's impossible to get back up without assistance. I used to get myself down on to the lawn to pull up weeds but then I'd have to get over to the trailer to try and pull myself up."
Mr Gould's wife of 61 years, Margaret, is 83 and says that an assessment of their house for falls and other risks was very helpful in alerting them to possible dangers."Our goal is to stay in our own home," Mrs Gould said.
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