Since it is fall, I want to talk about fall prevention. Wet and inclement weather is upon us and this can be detrimental to one’s well-being.
We must be aware of our surroundings and we must always take precautions to make sure we are balanced and prepared if we do slip and lose our balance. Firstly, a good pair of shoes is warranted in bad, wet weather; non-skid soles or slip resistant to be exact.
When walking, try to center yourself with your Chi…that is a point mid-way between your breast bone and your navel. Breathe slowly and evenly when you walk and concentrate on staying focused to your surroundings and your gait.
If you have a balance problem due to your inner ear or have had knee, hip, back or stroke problems then do not be ashamed or embarrassed to use a cane or walker when you walk. If you should slip you can help yourself by using your assisted device to help you and keep you from falling.
Many elders feel that using an assisted walking device is a sign of weakness or being old. On the contrary, it is a sign of maturity and wisdom that you know when you need a helping hand and most of the time you will look distinguished using such a device.
My own mother got a plexi-glass cane that looks like crystal. Everyone has commented on how beautiful it is. “Where did you get it” rings out from those passers-by. But she won’t tell! I tried to get her to use a cane a long time ago because she was falling and now she does not leave home without it!!
So if you have balance problems, try a cane, you’ll like it!!!