When fall prevention breeds laughter 2

When fall prevention breeds laughter

Now it's time to go to the beat. The rhythmic kicking of the sticks in the hands follows. And walking again. The wings in the background again sound different – thus giving a signal to change the movement again. "We hear highs and lows," calls Nicole Ehrler because in the circle of older men and women.

There, some have already applied what she, the lady who plays in music, actually wants to say: now her hands and feet are in demand at the same time. The others are short, according to Ehrler's advice. There was a giddy laugh here and there – and the merry game of movement was already going on with them.

Playful goes through quite well: a trial lesson in the rhythm of Dalcroze. Ehrler, a rhythm teacher from Küsnacht, took her to the Tägerhalde retirement center last Thursday. Ibid begins in September a continuous rhythm course, named after Geneva music educator Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950). It is the "Café Buffet", organized by the Canton of Zurich, the Küsnacht Department of Aging and Health and the Association for Rhythmic Adult and Elderly, according to Dalcroze.

With 80 three falls

Although the exercises may seem simple, they are very challenging. This is clear from the geriatrician Mathias Schlögl. It talks about falls in old age and their consequences. A serious topic, then. Since then, the cheerful mood has not matched Ehrler's group. But a doctor at the Center for Age and Mobility at the University Hospital in Zurich also talks about prevention. And it shows that everyone can do little with little effort. For example, with the rhythm of Dalcrose – which along with the obvious and fun factor is out of the question.

But from the beginning. Falls in old age are a common theme. Perhaps that is why the event is causing so much interest: even as it should have been long ago, chairs are constantly being brought. Even the speaker struggles diligently. By then, finally, there are already over 150 people in attendance, with the first numbers to attend: "Healthy 80-year-olds drop an average of three times a year."

Often times, fractures are a consequence, as is the fear of further fall. But it breaks the vicious circle: "A person's path becomes uncertain and irregular," Schlögl explains. "It increases the risk of new falls and breaks even more." In about 40 percent of the cases, the nursing home is then admitted.

Vitamin D also helps

To stop such a vicious cycle, or better yet not allow it to unfold, is almost the goal. Dalcroze-Rhythmik is set first and foremost by the fact that rainfall occurs mainly in everyday situations. In other words, when the brain is not just busy controlling walking. But along the way, it must also coordinate a linguistic saying or similar complex task.

Attention should be paid to who has to "stop walking to say something," Schlögl says. Because this is a sign that the brain is no longer organizing several activities together – thus increasing the risk of falling by up to 80 percent. The Dalcroze rhythm now combines live piano music with different movements. As a result, the brain is (again) trained to interact with several complex tasks.

Those who also do strength training are opposed to the natural process of breaking down muscle mass, even more protein-rich diets at the same time, says Schlögl. This is important because weak muscles tend to cause you to fall. It is also recommended that you take Vitamin D. Regularly, this would not only reduce breakage but also fall by itself. Because: "Vitamin D participates in the muscle fibers that it needs in a fast reaction." So when it comes to grips it even stumbles.

Created: 28.08.2019, 09:09 hour