Too often, we see fear of falling or frustration with fall recovery keep seniors in their homes and off their feet. We think this idea can help, we just need the OpenIDEO community to help optimize it.
We know that:
- community is key to a thriving longevity, and walking in community feels safer because you won’t be alone if you fall
- attitude is improved when people are getting outside and getting contact with and support from their peers
- posture is improved by use of walking poles, which keep the back straight and the person upright and balanced, reducing their fall risk
- strength is improved with regular pole walking, so falls are both less likely and less devastating. Poles are better for upper body strength and for cardiovascular health than regular walking.