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  • #16
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    The beliefs we have about aging and movement are probably a big part of what we allow ourselves to do, outside of consciously exercising. A lot of our movement is done in order to communicate with others in a non-verbal way. The image or meme of old people being stiff, keeping things together, serious, might play a part in how the nervous tissue behaves.

    "Old people do not run to get to the bus in time." "Old people do not jump up and down and laugh loudly when they are happy." (If not drunk or mad.) "Old people do not flirt, walk or move in a sexy way, turn their head when someone attractive passes by." "Old people do not squat, lie on the floor or in the grass, flap their arms or legs etc etc"

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    Last edited by angaho; 15-01-2016, 12:43 PM.


    • #17
      Tom Hanna wrote about this myth of aging, structural issues aside which occur over time I would say a great deal is just the nervous system.

      I read somewhere and still to this day am trying to recall the book/article where a surgeon recalling a pre-operation appointment with an elderly man who shuffled into his office. At the conclusion of the appointment the patient shuffled to the door and the doctor said something to the patient who could not just turn his head but had to shuffle the whole rigid torso around to see the doctor.

      During the operation the surgeon recalled how the mans neck and limbs were free as you could wish for with no apparent restrictions that were apparent in the old mans waking state.

      Another example of this lack of freedom was when my brother an I were recently walking into a DIY store and in front of us was a lady in her early 60s, there was a small kerb onto the pavement and she was unable to move freely enough to take this into account and she was aware of it I saw her prepare, however she tripped but she didn't just collapse i.e. bend at knees, she fell like a statue, it shocked me the rigidity of her nervous system





      We sometimes think we are our thoughts.
      Chris Lowndes


      • #18
        On a recent trip to Atrani, Italy, I was amazed at how the fact that most people, young and old, have to go up several flights of stairs to reach their homes. Probably several times a day. I observed closely how most, young and old, do it: they do it slowly. One. At. The. Time.

        When we first arrived, we took them two at the time. There were 130 steps to our apartment. We slowed down, local style, after a few copious meals.

        My mother, who is a spry, healthy 75 year old purchased her condo for that very reason: stairs or lack thereof.

        But when you deconstruct the actual movement required to go up some stairs, you have
        to admit that many still possess the strength and control required to complete the task.

        Perhaps what is lacking to most, is a comfortable rapport to the idea of how completing the task now takes more time, and what that might mean.
        Last edited by caro; 16-01-2016, 02:18 PM.
        Carol Lynn Chevrier LMT
        " The truth is, people may see things differently. But they don't really want to. '' Don Draper.


        • #19
          But when you deconstruct the actual movement required to go up some stairs, you have
          to admit that many still possess the strength and control required to complete the task.
          The Italians might because they do. A surprising number of the people I see in homecare have grown unable to roll themselves in their own beds, nevermind climb stairs...


          • #20
            Hello, I am revisiting this thread while older and with more experience.

            And since my last visit I down-shifted to less working hours per week. The job is as physiotherapist for elderly people in a nursing home. I do quite a lot of tasks that has very little to do with physiotherapy, but a lot to do with managing the environment, both for the care givers and the residents.

            If care for elderly people in a nursing home allowed them to participate even more in their daily life, they would probably stay healthy longer and lose function slower.

            But the organization of care doesn’t really allow that much participation by the residents.
            It is the same problem as in healthcare in general:
            A lot of fancy wording about patient centered care, while big corporations with their own interests, financial or geopolitical, have most of the power and will follow through with their agenda, hiding behind cliches.

            Ok, I’m ranting. Old folks privilege.

            Just trying to get some fire and activity going in this place. Pouring any words in here, might help.
            And in the long run some struggling body workers that wants to learn about pain management might find their way here..