Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention Awareness Day

Fall arrived in Colorado today with a curious mix of summer sunshine and a chill wind from the west announcing the inevitable change of seasons. The day also marks Fall Prevention Awareness Day (and the beginning of Fall Prevention Awareness Week); not the prevention of shorter days and cooler temperatures, but a reminder that although the fall season is unavoidable, taking a fall is not. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) started the observance a decade ago to help people understand that…

2
Read More

Fall Prevention: Facts & Tips

At a fall prevention event I attended last week, I was surprised to learn that falls are the number one call for help to the Arvada Fire and EMS Rescue in Jefferson County, Colorado. That is, the fire department assists people who have fallen more often than it responds to fires or any other emergency requiring medical services. The Fall Prevention Fair and Cookout was put on by TRIAD, an organization in Jefferson County that helps seniors stay safe in…

0
Read More

Fear and Falling

Olympic gold medalist Pekabo Street, 1998 winner of the downhill in Nagano, once told a reporter, “Fear is the number one enemy when you’re racing; when you’re afraid your center of balance is back, which is very detrimental to your health.” Detrimental, indeed. Scientific studies or freeze.” The fear response can include a reflexive backward shift of weight away from the precipice and a stiffening of muscles. The combination of leaning back and stiffening up makes us less stable and at the…

0
Read More

Freedom

“I had no idea what I was getting into when I signed up for class!” Karen, a participant in a recent Minding Your Balance™ class, went on to say that she thought the training would involve things like standing on one leg and core strengthening exercises — a reasonable expectation given that we tend to think of balance as a strictly physical endeavor. While balance obviously is physical (and standing on one leg does take place in classes), balance involves more…

4
Read More

Underfoot

A good friend who volunteers at the local animal shelter stumbled over a hose during cleanup of the dog kennels and took a bad fall. She was carrying a big bucket filled with cleaning solution at the time, and while her view of the floor wasn’t obscured she just didn’t notice the hose lying across her path. My friend, the bucket and all its liquid contents went flying. Fortunately, she came away from the fall with only minor bruises and soggy clothes. Sometimes when we…

1
Read More

Rusty and the Rabbit

Rusty, my beautiful, part Greyhound rescue dog, spotted the rabbit when I wasn’t looking; the rabbit sprinted off and Rusty – relying on his instincts – lunged forward in pursuit. Fortunately, my centering and weight underside practice from Minding Your Balance saved the day: I remained rooted to the spot with Rusty’s leash securely in hand. When Rusty hit his tether’s end he returned to my side and we continued our walk – in the opposite direction of the rabbit’s escape. People often ask if the Minding Your Balance techniques from…

0
Read More