Do the Dutch have the cure for elders falling and hurting themselves?
A fellow blogger, Roy, has become a blogging "friend" of mine. (I hope he doesn't mind me calling him a blogging "friend"). Some of his posts are a bit over my head (sorry, Roy!) especially the tax posts (he is an experienced Enrolled Agent) and some of the scientific ones. But recently, he sent me a Facebook message about a New York Times article.
This article is about how the Dutch are facing a rising population of those over 65, many of whom find themselves living alone in their golden years. Many, in general, are at risk of falling. Reasons vary from age to inactivity to the use of certain medications (I, for one, suspect a medication I take, and it is one I need, also is leading to balance problems).
My spouse fell in October (and is still undergoing physical therapy). My mother in law has endured many falls. Falls kill. Falls injure and lead to decline. If someone could find a cure for falling, that person would win the Nobel Prize in a heartbeat.
But what do we do until then?
The Dutch may have the answer. And it's an intriguing one.
Not falls prevention classes (I've taken one, by the way, and it was excellent. I still do the exercises). No, these are actual "How to fall" classes. The class typically meets twice a week. In one session, the seniors walk an obstacle course. In the other session, they fall, in supervised ways, onto mats (not at first. They work their way up to falling. It would terrify me, for one, having survived several falls already at age 65).
They learn exercises to strengthen themselves, and simple home modifications, which my falls prevention class also touched on.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to lose the fear of falling?
Some of the falling posts on my blog - you are welcome to check them out. Here is one:
Did my Falls Prevention class work?
Day 13 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost.