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  1. Hello Thabo,

    The videos are an excellent addition to your written content. I can much better understand how to use the tools and how to perform the Tai Chi exercises when having seen it all presented in the videos.

    The WiGait technology sounds to be very practical and I believe there will many more such inventions made in the future. Making the house fall proof is another very wise decision where elderly people live, and it is a very easy and non-expensive measure. Tai Chi is my favourite fall prevention for the elderly people – exercises are the most healthy and worthwhile thing to do, it promotes the blood circulation, keeps the brain fit, and helps to improve the balance.

    It’s always a pleasure to read your articles. You’re doing a great job spreading the word on how to help elderly people living a comfortable and safe life.

    Pernilla

    • Hello Pernilla,
      I’m glad that you enjoyed my Vlog post on how to prevent falls with the elderly. I think the Vlog if not overused can provide an opportunity to make a good synthesis of all the different aspects of a topic and give the reader a lot of good information at one seating. Thanks for checking in.

  2. These are excellent ways to help with the problem of falling in the elderly. I am very interested in learning more about Wigait. This would be a wonderful addition to a home of someone who needs to be safe at home. Measuring the speed of a person’s gait in such an unobtrusive way is a great way to prevent falls in the elderly.
    You have given some great ways to help stop falls in the elderly in this article. I also like using grab bars. These are so important to have especially in the bathroom.
    Thanks so much for covering this very important issue so effectively and completely.

    • Hi Cynthia,

      It’s always nice to hear from you. I’m really happy you found my tips addressing the problem of falling in the elderly helpful. As for WiGait, I agree with you that it’s an awesome break through when it comes to preventing falls in the elderly. The inventors of WiGait presented an earlier version of WiGait, designed to predict health problems and falls among the elderly, to President Obama back in 2015. The update uses similar technology, but broadens the scope.

      The WiGait isn’t on the market yet, and there’s no telling when, or if, it will be. However, I think because of the promises it present to be a game changing break through that goes beyond what something like FitBit can offer, it will eventually go on the market. I’ll keep my eyes open and let you know when that occurs. Thanks for checking in.

      Thabo

  3. I can relate to your article very well, I have my own balance issues off and on over the past ten years. I am only 59 years old, but I have had balance problems since in my mid-thirties. I have found Tai Chi to be one of the best ways to maintain my balance the past few years, you can benefit from just 10-15 minutes of Tai Chi per day. I usually do my Tai Chi firs thing in the morning for 10-15 minutes and then again in the evening about the same amount of time.

    I highly recommend Tai Chi
    Jeff

    • Hello Jeff,
      Thank you sharing your feedback on Tai Chi as one of the best ways to learn how to maintain balance. I think Tai Chi is becoming more and more accepted not only as an alternative therapy to address balance problems and prevent falls, but also as therapy that may make medical therapy work better. It’s a well accepted fact by most doctors that most medical procedures add stress to the body and anything that can lessen that stress is helpful in speeding recovery or eliminating anxiety. So Tai Chi is one of those rear alternative therapy or exercise program that is encouraged buy both medical and non-medical professionals as a good way to maintain health. I strongly agree with your recommendation. Thanks for checking in.

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