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Learning how to fall safely

A 95-year-old man shares his tricks to safe falling

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Talking about education and learning how to fall to prevent fear and injuries, I found this video of Elliott Royce who practices falling and teaches others how to fall. He " wants to teach senior how to safe safely". His technique: Bend, twist and roll. 

He practice falls at least five times every morning. And he practices on a trumpoline (with supervised guidance) 3 times a week. So far, it is said that he has fallen 14,000 times.

He doesn’t just practice; he preaches, too. He goes to assisted living centers, senior centers and community centers to talk about how to prevent serious injuries if you take a tumble. 

Elliot Royce falls down in front of groups of senior citizens to help teach others to fall without getting hurt. Elliott claims that "the more you fall, the more you overcome the fear of falling". He also explains that falling with fear stiffens your body and increases chances of injuries.

I loved how he inspired his daughter. He inspired me too!

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

- How learning how to fall can empower elderly adults by reducing fears but also limiting injuries. - How can we tap into peer volunteers for developing education programs? - Sharing stories and role models to inspire older adults as well as younger generations (like his daughter).

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I like this, though maybe we could use the same principles for more things than falling, ie. Improving movement overall?

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