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Vibrators and exercise for strength among the frail

There has been additional research into vibrating platforms as a means to improve bone and muscle health. An earlier post is here,

  • Vibrating beds as osteoporosis exercise
  • These platforms may be similar to one manufactured by Soloflex and one about to come out by Nintendo Wii. The Wii will have a game console attached for using video games as an exercise on a balance board. The news reports don’t mention how the human tests are done.

    Other Wii games mentioned earlier–

  • Ideas to exercise in small cold places
  • The SoloFlex would be easy to set-up as a study in a senior center. See the news story (Boston Globe) Vibrating machines are studied for health benefits. A home machine called Soloflex Whole Body Vibration Platform is smaller and less powerful, generating more of a massage sensation at the lowest setting. More and stronger vibration doesn’t mean faster results and could be dangerous as the article points out. There would have to be modifications for those with balance problems. However, measures of muscle strength, balance, and coordination are easy enough to set up.

    Here’s a cautious review from epinions.com– It is considered a class 1 Medical Device by the FDA. Those who shouldn’t use this are recovering from surgery, have heart disease, neurological conditions, pre-existing deep vein thrombosis, joint implants or are pregnant.

    No one has yet tested vibrating motel beds (don’t forget your condom amulets http://www.alittleredhen.com/a_little_red_hen/2007/09/safe-sex-alerts.html or http://www.alittleredhen.com/a_little_red_hen/2007/10/jenna-bush-wear.html

    Vibrations Shown to Build Bone, Reduce Fat (National Public Radio)

    Morning Edition, October 29, 2007 · Standing on a gently vibrating platform for 15 minutes a day can build bone mass and reduce fat in mice, according to a new study. The changes are due to a stem cell in bone marrow that can become muscle, bone or fat. Testing has begun in humans…. Scientists are about to launch a similar study in humans. Douglas Kiel works at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew Senior Life in Boston, where subjects will soon get 10 minutes of jiggling a day.

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    Ideas to exercise in small cold places

    The first story uses a computer game and the second uses school corridors. Both instances, require little funding, enhance neighborliness, and beats the old “jigsaw puzzle = elders” baloney [ Jigsaw puzzles Stave off ageism ].

    The bowling story has great possibilities, especially for smaller communities or those without funding or space for analog infrastructure. It can also involve the entire family. Even though the little controller isn’t weighty, the need to control one’s swing and other movements should improve balance, hand-eye coordination, and muscle tone, as well as be fun.

    Too bad Bethel never wanted the computer center that was granted, First Neighborhood Networks Center in Native Alaskan Community Opens (not)

    [Look at the decent furniture! — furniture [ES&H] and ES&H Avoid dangerous furniture design principles ]


    revised–2007-10-02 Boing-boing.com has very interesting stuff they find on the Internet. Here’s a photo of the use of Nintendo Wii in England. The Wii games are not only social but give immediate feedback for hand-eye control, balance, flexibility. I suppose the next trick would be to have the power for the TV and console generated by spectators. Whatever happened to shuffleboard? In England and New Zealand they play lawn bowls. I wonder if Nintendo designs other types of games?

    Oldsters Help Propel Wii to Number 1
    Elder gameplayers using Nintendo Wii console

    Wii bowling knocks over retirement home

    By Dave Wischnowsky, Tribune staff reporter
    Published February 16, 2007, http://tinyurl.com/2a6nt2

    At the Sedgebrook retirement community in Lincolnshire, where the average age is 77, something unexpected has been transpiring since Christmas. The residents, most of whom have never picked up a video game controller in their life, suddenly can’t put the things down.

    “I’ve never been into video games,” said 72-year-old Flora Dierbach last week as her husband took a twirl with the Nintendo Wii’s bowling game. “But this is addictive.”

    …With an easy-to-use wireless controller that translates a player’s motions onto the screen, Nintendo believes it has found the answer with the Wii…. “This is pretty realistic. You can even put English on the ball,” Hahn said after connecting on a strike with the Wii. “I used to play Pac-Man a little bit, but with this you’re actually moving around and doing something.

    “You’re not just sitting there pushing buttons and getting carpal tunnel.”

    North Pole’s senior citizens invited to take a walk
    Published February 24, 2007
    http://newsminer.com/2007/02/24/5468/

    The … North Pole Middle School … has offered the use of their upstairs hallway for the seniors to walk while classes are in session. The classes are an hour long, giving walkers ample time to complete several rounds.

    The reason for the offer is twofold: to give seniors a place to get some exercise and also to have a senior citizen presence in the school… Walkers need to check in at the front desk. There are elevators to the walking area and any student can give directions. School starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Classes end on the hour and lunch is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.


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    Improve our community by better serving the older people

    Suggestions for how we can improve our community by better serving the older people of Bethel

    In January and February 2004, about two dozen senior people from Bethel and the Delta had pre-lunch brainstorming sessions at the Eddie Hoffman Senior Center and Chrissie Shantz Adult Day Center. Those present came up with ideas about the kinds of programs and activities they think are, or would be, useful to themselves and to others over the age of 55. I took notes and Beverley Bell of the EHSC staff or Barbara Liu (contract interpreter) assisted in translation. Any errors are mine.

    It should be noted that those present were also thinking of the 300 other older people in Bethel. Their consideration was for all people residing in or using Bethel.

    [Currently, no more than about twenty-five per cent of people over 62 (approximately 80 people) take advantage of City services. Fewer than 12-20 people consistently use congregant meals.]

    Every year the City is required by the State to do a survey of those eligible for services, both current recipients and those not participating, in order to improve the program. The Senior Advisory Board must review the survey and add to it where necessary. Other ideas may come from this public process, if the senior program director and City staff would ever allow participation from the elders .

    A couple of other things to note-

    • The seniors pointed out where they need assistance to do or organize these things, but they are not expecting to be passive recipients. For example, it is more consistent if a senior center or other organization sponsors the fishing trips instead of seniors relying on family or neighbors. The ice auger, food, and transportation are arranged. In return, the seniors will share their catch (many widowed seniors now must purchase their white fish. Their small monthly cash income is needed for rent or utilities.)
    • Most of the suggestions feature peer-to-peer activities or active senior contributions to others.

    Unfortunately, many of these ideas have been suggested before (see past 10 years of Senior Advisory Board minutes). The meal and transportation the City supplies are appreciated. But, given the number of times in the last several years the seniors have discussed transferring the programs to a new provider, there is a definite need to improve services.

    There isn’t a need for a senior center building, per se. [The existing building is dangerous and in need of repairs.] But a place to themselves and to use as a base of operations is valued.

    Transportation is essential, but a special cab fare for seniors (which could be subsidized by donations or grants) is preferred.

    The availability of five meals per week is essential. However, meals could be provided by contract, such as through local restaurants or churches or by sharing resources with the other agencies in town who also provide congregate and home-delivered meals.

    A consistent request is “something to do” in terms of the skills and expertise that seniors have to share with others, but which is not now taken advantage of.
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    • Meals-currently, one hot meal during weekdays. Otherwise some people are unable to cook for themselves. Include more native foods.
    • Transportation-need regular, well-publicized schedules; Senior Citizen cab rates
    • Wood shop (full-size)
    • Technical assistance with social security forms, tax returns, other forms is helpful.
    • Field trips-Hovercraft fishing is welcomed, National Guard hangar, berry picking, cultural center
    • Visiting patients at hospital
    • Need social meeting with friends and peers, welcoming place, quiet, absence of gossip
    • Entertainment, games, Bingo
    • Books, other information resources (e.g., collections for wood shop, common area library)
    • Regular exercise, whole body
    • Qasgim or Kashim and equivalent gathering places for women-to function as advising and learning place for young people and elders. This could be on a drop-in basis, too. Some place and time when those needing feedback or advice or to learn something new could gather. Kids could find someone to ask about parents, growing up.
    • Peer-to-peer opportunity to learn new things-Eskimo dance, skin sewing, other (many did not have opportunity to learn these special skills when younger)
    • Public notice board-listing events, opportunities, commemorations etc.
    • Experts bureau, organize expertise sharing-for example, UAF courses use elders as class room resources (with an honorarium); researchers need technical assistance or skilled informants and collaborators; engineers or planners need expertise in the community itself; municipal leaders need ideas for financial health, etc.
    • Used to have Seniors tutor or lecture at schools, heritage teaching, survival and household skills, as visiting advisors or visiting lecturers
    • Need information center by seniors in order to direct others to information, someone linking experts, coordinate information; newcomers bureau.
    • Peer advice on civic services, such as pre-pay monthly for meals and transportation
    • Collective senior advocacy or intermediary, for example, reckless snow machine by underage drivers; piped water filters need changing (seniors now collect their own rainwater for drinking)
    • Cross-cultural assistance in Anchorage with hospital
    • Design, publish Y-K inter-cultural or transcultural guidebook for healthcare, school, Federal, State, private employees, et al. Sort of a Yup’iit Fieldguide to Gussacks Fieldguide to Yup’iit. (See Joan Metge & Patricia Kinloch Talking Past Each Other.) Provide training to medical personnel and others-“we want to help you learn how you can do your job better”
    • Regular informal gatherings or dialogues, twice a month, facilitated by Senior Advisory Board
    • Gather ideas
    • Invite people to visit, such as Russian day or Cup’ik day. Invite people from their work, e.g., LKSD, ONC, AVCP, USDA, Hovercraft, YKHC, etc. Then people would know what seniors do.
    • Pre-lunchtime seminars, symposia, brown-bag seminars, guest speakers, similar events.
    • Discussion of current events. For example, people may have children or great grandchildren or nieces in Qatar-why are they there? or be curious about the origins of SARS.


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