My mum is 94 and reluctantly started using a stick before the diagnosis. As the dementia increased we found she could fall with or without her sticks, which she refused to use in her home. She is in a wonderful home now. Initially they were having to hoist her everywhere, but gradually with OT and Physio she has regained balance . The carers have said they call her speedy and have to watch her like a hawk, as she can quickly climb the stairs to her room or try to visit the kitchen. Her previous job was a cook. She does still have stumbles but not as often and noway as dangerous as when she was in her home.