THE MESSAGE NO.140 JULY 2013
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LIFE STYLES - MENTOR AND WARD
As I drove up the driveway to Dato' Ted Miles's house, I noticed that part of the driveway near the house the earth was giving way. A little landslide was slicing away the earth on the roadside. The soil must have moved though there was still a good passage way. Dato' Ted Miles is now mostly house-confined. However, he is still fine except he said sometimes he feels tired. Anyway, who doesn't! I suggested that he should not climb the stairs up to his bedroom and down.
"Sir, why don't you sleep downstairs?"
"But climbing up and down the stairs is good exercise for me," he replied.
Yes, he doesn't go for his morning walk nowadays. Too tiring as he was saying. Okay! Walking within the walls of his expansive bungalow house and climbing the stairs up and down should be enough good exercises for him now.
On this visit I have something to look for something in his house. In a split second he was upstairs. When I went up later, he had already got the thing I wanted. Done, we descended the stairs.
In the afternoon I drove back to Kuala Lumpur. As soon as I have settled down, I ran down. Where? To the pool. I took a good dip in the swimming pool. So cool. Yes, earlier Dato' had commented that wading in the pool is good exercise. He also asked me whether I exercised. "Sure," I said, "in the morning I walk and jog for a half hour or so at a little hillock near my house. Then I swim for a little while in the pool. Even in the evening I swim too, just to wash clean my sweaty body cum a bath too.
HOW TO PREVENT YOURSELF FROM A FALL, TRIP OR SLIP
By: Junji Takano
One of the main health concerns of elderly people is falling, which is often related to poor balance. In fact, many studies show that people begin to have balance problems starting at the age of 40 years.
The older you get, the weaker your physical body and sensory abilities will be, which are all factors in having poor balance.
In Japan, more than 7,000 people a year die from falling accidents, which already exceeds the number of traffic accidents.
WHAT TO DO?
## Test Your Balance by Standing on One Leg.
You can determine how good your balance is by measuring the length of time that you can stand on one leg.
The following table shows the average balance time by age group in a study conducted at a Japanese health institute.
Average time with eyes open
20-39 years old: 110 seconds
40-49: 64 seconds
50-59: 36 seconds
60-69: 25 seconds
Average time with eyes closed
20-39 years old: 12 seconds
40-49: 7 seconds
50-59: 5 seconds
60-69: less than 3 seconds
If your balance time is below average, then you'll have higher risk of falls, or slipping and tripping accidents.
From this study, it is also evident that there's a sudden significant decrease in the ability to maintain balance among middle-aged people (40 years and above). Please take note that the numbers stated above are only average. There are people who were able to maintain balance much longer, and there are also those who were only able to maintain their balance at much shorter time regardless of age and gender. The reasons:
## The Soles of Your Feet Have Sensors
The pressure sensors on the foot soles provide information to your brain to help balance your body. As you get older, the sensors will get weaker and your foot sole lose sensitivity. But there are also other factors that can lead to weaker pressure sensors.
## Poor Blood Circulation Can Disrupt the Pressure Sensors
These can be simulated by soaking your feet into ice cold water for about 3 minutes.
Because of the cold temperature, the pressure sensors on the foot sole begin to lose sensitivity.
## Pay Attention to Your Forward-Moving Foot
If your forward-moving foot hit something, your body will be off-balance causing you to fall or trip. Well, it's a matter of common sense to always have your eyes on path and watch where you are going. "Look before you leap", etc.?'But that's not the only problem. Here are the other two major reasons why you stumble while walking.
1. Your forward-moving foot is pointed down.
If your foot is pointed down while making a step, then you are more prone to fall. To avoid this, your forefoot or toes should be flexed upwards as shown on the image below.
2. You walk like a pendulum.
The height of your step can greatly increase your risk of falling. To prevent this, your forward-moving foot must be higher off the ground (at least 5 cm) while the knee is raised high as shown on the image below.
Actually, all the mechanoreceptors located throughout your body as well as the soles of your feet are sending information to the brain that include muscle contractions and joint angles. When this information is not transmitted well to your brain, which happens as you get older, then the movement will get weak or ineffective making it hard for you to maintain your foot higher off the ground.
## How to Prevent Yourself from a Fall, Trip, or Slip
1. Keep Your House Clean
Always make sure to put away or store properly all personal belongings and other unnecessary things even if it is only a newspaper, remote control, and laundries scattered on the floor or carpet.
2. Stretch Your Feet and Ankles
You might think that your feet do not need exercise or stretching compared to other parts of your body, but in reality, feet stretching exercise can really help your feet maintain balance.
3. Keep Your House Warm and Ensure Adequate Lighting
Cold muscles and pressure sensors work less well and are less responsive to signals. A decreased temperature will also cause your muscles to have less strength and less flexible, which can lead to accidents. Always try to keep your house warm or wear proper clothes and footwear, especially during winter. Since most falls occur indoors, make sure your house has adequate lighting.
About the author:
Junji Takano is a Japanese health researcher involved in investigating the cause of many dreadful diseases. In 1968, he invented PYRO-ENERGEN, the first electrostatic therapy device for electromedicine that effectively eradicates viral diseases, cancer, etc.
A FRUITFUL DAY TRIP TO BENTONG
Thursday June 19, 2013
Today I was driving to destination known to meet somebody unknown. I reached my destination. Then I called the person still unknown. He appeared from his car and walked towards me. "Ifm Chong," he said. I self-introduced myself. So we become friends. What was arranged?
I boarded his Honda City and Chong drove me to meet another unknown to introduce him to me. Yes, the third person was retired Bentong branch Lee Wah Bank banker Kong Lin Tet. Chattering and narrating old time stories, the three of us became well known. We were heading for Bentong from the capital city to meet somebody.
Arriving in Bentong we met a few of Chong's buddies. We had tea and coffee. We picked up Mrs. Hoh nee Chong Ai Chan or Chong Ah Moi as she is better known to me. We drove to the third mile of Tras Road to meet Dato' Ted Miles. On the way I bought half a dozen packets of jackfruit. One packet was for each guest in the car and some for our mentor. He was so happy to see us. Chong Kim Chan has a mission: to confirm some of his statements that he had written for his book. The story is in Chinese, but he had put in some very important episodes of his working life in Bentong. He had worked in Bentong for more than two decades in the magistrate court there.
In fact I should have known him more than forty years ago in Temerloh. Back then we were house mates. Being a bachelor, besides his court duties, he was in the courting game wooing for the hand of a local beauty - now his missus. So he met and spoke more to his future other half than to me.
Mission accomplished; then we explored the spacious bungalow of our mentor. Much to the amazement of Chong and Kong they found that every piece of furniture, pictures, flower vases, etc in Dato' Ted Milesfs house is an invaluable antic. They were much surprised to see a bullock wheel (pix) well-kept and displayed!
After the visit we went to Perting New Village to have tea. Why Perting New Village? It was just after four and all the eateries in town were closed down. Only in the new village were coffee shops opened during that before dinner late hour! After tea and coffee and chatting with our host and buddy, Chong drove us back to Kuala Lumpur leisurely. We arrived in Petaling Jaya at eight safely. What a full day of outing.
(From left to right) Front row: Dato' Ted Miles, Chong Ah Moi. Back row: Kong Lin Tet, Chan Suy Sang, Chong Kim Chan.
Chong said it was something like a meaningful one-day trip of Bentong. It was a day down memory lane for Kong. For Chong Ah Moi, who lives so near yet so far from our mentor, it was seeing him again after missing him for so long. Me? A day back in Bentong.
TWO GUYS HAVE EXPIRED
The first to go was a guy many of us know. He was a regular at our parties on Christmas day or during our mentorfs birthday. His daughter Elaine informed me of his recent demise. I went for the wake at Gui Yuan funeral parlour in PJ. Yap Kim Hee left us at the age of 77 years after several years of fighting with the dreaded disease of cancer of the throat.
OUR HEART-FELT CONDOLENCES AND SYMPATHIES TO HIS FAMILY. AND ALSO
AL-FATIHAH TO SHAMSUDDIN SALLEH WHO LEFT US RECENTLY. OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES AND HEART-FELT SYMPATHIES TO MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY.
He was the favourite of our mentor as Dato' Ted Miles brought him along when he left for the US on his furlough in l959. He was a lucky guy.
According to his close friend Haji Mokhtar Mat Piah:
It seemed that the departed one has shown signs of his impending take-off for a few days. He had visited his mentor just last week. Then he told a friend of this and other strange things. Then during the last few days, he was quiet and kept everything to himself. And this morning he whizzed off without telling anyone.
Kurmarasamy texted me and said that he heard from Mokhtar Matpiah had informed him that Shamsuddin Salleh hopped over to the other side this morning. What bad news! But all of my friends and school mates are elderly and probably ready to jump ship. Later I texted back asking for some hand set numbers. I got Makhtar's number. Next I called Mokhtar and got the above story. On hearing the bad news I felt so sorry.