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Falling Less But Enjoying It More

12/10/2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM PT

A wonderful new program in the Netherlands teaches older adults how to fall.  Yes, you read that right, how to fall.  Using videos of participants in the Netherlands, Penny Sablove, PT, will describe this program as well as the impressive research findings about its effectiveness.  On top of being effective, it’s also a lot of fun.  Penny is in the process of becoming certified in this Dutch method and she will be teaching it for SFV members in early 2019.
Participants practice falling skills on very soft mats several feet thick, starting from sitting and progressing gently to falling from a standing position.  The course also includes skills of navigating very realistic, everyday obstacles safely – cracks in the sidewalk, slippery surfaces, stones that shift underfoot, etc.  For a fuller description of the program, see the January 2nd 2018 article in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/02/world/europe/netherlands-falling-elderly.html

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