Friday, 14 January 2011
THE TGB GERIATRICIAN: Balance and Avoiding Falls
The TGB Geriatrician is Dr. Bill Thomas (bio), a world-renowned geriatrician, author, blogger (ChangingAging) and creator of the Eden Alternative.
Most recently, he has partnered with the Picker Institute, a leading foundation for health care reform that places a person's needs, interests and desires at the center of their care. Dr. Thomas and Picker operate an advocacy program called RealCareNow to promote patient-centered care – of which this series on Time Goes By is a part.
After our last conversation with Bill about Elder Energy Budgets, several of you left questions about difficulties with balance and how we can help avoid falling. So today's video tackles just that.
We haven't yet sorted out how to get transcripts made, so for people who have hearing deficits, here are Bill's bullet points:
- Number 1: You do not lose your ability to balance just because you age.
- Balance is a set of skills and abilities. Tai chi provides some of the best balance work Bill knows of.
- Yoga is wonderful way to increase balance skills.
- Get a prescription from your physician for physical therapy to do balance training.
- Some health care providers have developed a sort of balance boot camp that can give you common-sense tricks to help maintain balance and avoid falling.
- Wii is a fantastic, safe way to increase balance skills and also provides measurements to show you how you're doing.
[Is there an elder health issue you'd like Dr. Thomas to discuss? Leave your suggestions in the comments below and they may turn up in a future video. Remember, Dr. Thomas cannot advise on specific personal health problems.]
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Rita Kenefic: What More Could One Ask?