Bracing for the Falls of An Aging NationPosted on November 7, 2014 by ecrBayArea in Education, Fall Prevention, Independent Living
Letter to the Editor
New York Times
November 7th, 2014
From: Vanessa Kettler
In response to the article in the New York Times, November 3rd, 2014: “Bracing for the Falls of an Aging Nation”.
Fall prevention is such an important issue for older adults and this was an excellent article on the subject. However, falls in group residences alone were discussed. Falls that happen while people are living on their own often result in them having to move. Encourage elders to become more active so that they can live in their own home longer. Because becoming active is the secret.
Most articles on fall prevention mention too briefly the importance of balance training. The subject of balance exercise is so much broader than “stand on one foot while you brush your teeth”. In depth training is available to older adults – lessons so interesting and simple that people often benefit significantly quite quickly. Lessons like learning how to pick your feet up, learning how to relieve pain, learning that you can change your life for the better easily.
We don’t have to be afraid of falling. We simply have to do something about it. Take balance classes.