How to Have an Awesome VLog That Stops Falls
The best advice I ever heard about blog writing was from phenomenal blogger Chris Brogan who said:
“Forget about finding your voice. Find a solution to someone’s problem”.
Want to know more?
This is how he puts it. Imagine that you’re in the mood to buy Thai food.
You go in and the service isn’t that great, maybe it even sucks. But….
You may never go back to that restaurant, but you did get the Thai food that you wanted. Problem solved.
Here’s Something to Think About:
You go to another another restaurant. The customer service is first rate, the ambience is fantastic, and the place is clean enough to make Chef Ramsay proud. However..
They don’t have Thai Food. No one there has a clue as to what Thai food is. No one has an answer to your problem.
This got me thinking about posts that I have written that have specific information on how you can prevent an elderly parent from falling. So here is how to have an awesome vlog that stops falls.
Let’s jump in
Home Tech That Prevents Falling
Falls are a leading cause of injuries and injury-related deaths in people over 65 years of age 
This is why WiGait is a home tech that remains one of my favorite discoveries. Why?
It offers a solution to a very devastating problem—how to prevent an elderly parent from falling when he or she is along in the house. This is a big relief if you are someone who is constantly worried about your mom, dad, or another older relative taking a fall that they may not survive?
Here is The Deal:
Falls occur mostly in dynamic conditions . This means in order to prevent someone from falling you need the ability to assess if there is instability in their gait and if that instability puts them at risk of taking a life ending fall.
This is why I was absolutely blown away by the genius and compassion of WiGait.
Here is how WiGait works:
WiGait, a wall-mounted device is the size of a small painting, measures the walking speeds of multiple people. This means if mom or dad are constantly missing a step or steps when they move, that can be detected and fixed in time to stop a fall.
Want to Know The Best Part?
WiGait is designed to use about one-hundredth the amount of radiation of a typical smartphone. So if dad or mom is the kind that worries about all that radiation that we are getting from our technology, they can relax. And you will too.
Making Your House Fall Proof
Helping people transform unsafe spaces into healthy places for the elderly is one of my passions. After all, I am a caregiver for a mom who suffers from chronic back pain and has problem with balance. Making sure she feels safe is something that I constantly work at.
Unsafe physical environment may include poorly designed stairs, uneven ground, slippery surfaces, tripping hazards, lack of illumination, and absence of grab bars. That said, many seniors need to overcome their fear of falling. Fear of falling can cause them to stop doing and that can lead to stop living. We don’t want that for mom and dad. Thus, you should make your home safer and that will lead to more confidence. More confidence means less fear.
Using Tai Chi to Prevent Falling
Yinong Chong, PhD, instructor at the Traditional Chinese Culture Institute International in Bethesda, Maryland, refers to Tai Chi as being “like a walking meditation”. 
Remember our discussion about WiGait above? We made the point that the elderly can sometimes miss a step or two when walking and that can result in a fall. Tai Chi helps prevent falls because as Dr. Chong explains: “you practice slowing down and balancing, so you don’t get ahead of yourself when you’re moving.” . This results in no miss steps. This results in no falls. So if your mom or dad needs to find a solution that slows their steps and gives them a more fluid way to move that will ensure more stability in their gait, Tai Chi seems like a great option.
How Not to Land on Your Ass in The Bathroom
One of the things that my mom, a back pain sufferer, looks forward to everyday is taking a warm soothing bath. So I can easily believe that bathing is described by older adults as an important and meaningful activity. My mom always talks about the pleasure and relaxation that she derives from bathing.
That said, one of the most common reasons for bathing disability is fear of getting stuck in the bath or slipping and getting into or leaving the bathing position. One great solution, in addition to grab bars, is the bath seat. What I liked about this mobility aid is that it eliminated the fear of going to use your own bathroom without someone helping you. In a word, it gave the elderly bathroom independence. I think that’s an amazing thing.
Become More Secure With a Security Pole
One of the questions that I get asked a lot about mobility aids is whether they are meant to support the entire weight of an individual or just meant meant to help achieve steadiness?
Some will support the entire weight of an individual but others like The Security Pole are not intended to carry the full weight of an individual. This product is only intended to provide balance and support while sitting and standing. Nevertheless, I feel this mobility aid plays an important role in the mission of fall prevention. It provides easy transfer from sitting position to standing, and that can boost confidence and take away the fear of falling. I think that’s a very actionable solution.
I hope you enjoyed this vlog about preventing falls. Each video addressed a solution to the problem of elderly balance and risk of falling. You should now have a very comprehensive view on the topic and actionable solutions.
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“Try Tai Chi for better balance: the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi (“tie-chee”) is an especially good way for older adults to exercise for cancer prevention and reduce the likelihood of falls. Two Tai Chi experts tell us how this gentler form of weight-bearing movement can help prevent injuries and improve quality of life”
American Institute for Cancer Research Newsletter. .111 (Spring 2011): p11.