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Seniors need to be more cautious about falling than their younger counterparts do. In the book “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande, M.D., Dr. Gawande explains that it is normal for our brains to shrink as we age. Of course, our skulls do not shrink, so the net result is that there is more space (and thus, less cushioning) between your brain and your skull. Other physical changes associated with aging make your brain more vulnerable as well. This means that seniors are materially more likely to suffer Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) from falls. In fact, they are the fastest-growing demographic group in the U.S. that are experiencing TBI.

The Center for Learning and Living, a continuing-education organization in midtown Manhattan, is offering a course, “No Fear of Falling,” on Tuesday, October 11th, led by Dr. David Charig, a sports medicine and pain management specialist. Dr. Charig will discuss how to avoid falls by relearning basic skills. His goal is to help seniors build up their balance and strength so they can walk safely even when it is wet or icy outside, cross the streets safely, and go up and down stairs with confidence.

Lamson & Cutner partner David Cutner will also be offering a course at the Center for Learning and Living, discussing best Estate Planning strategies. Visit the CL&L website, http://www.clandl.org/, to find out more, or look for a blog about Mr. Cutner’s course that will be posted soon.

No Fear of Falling

A major hazard for older people is falling either at home or out in busy New York. A sports medicine specialist discusses how to avoid falls by relearning basic skills. Build up your balance and strength so you can walk safely even when it’s wet or icy out, cross streets the right way, go up and down stairs confidently.

Tue 10:30-11:45 am • October 11 • 1 session

Dr. David Charig, sports medicine/pain management specialist. He currently has a medical house call practice in Manhattan using high power laser therapy for treating various acute and chronic conditions. D.C., R.P.A., graduated from New York Chiropractic College and the Surgeon’s Assistant Program at Cornell Medical/New York Hospital.

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