Pat's Chat 12-19-13

Holiday Entertainment

A busy weekend! Friday evening our Sister missionary neighbors invited us to their Mormon church for the children's Christmas celebration. My daughter and I attended and there were some wonderful foods and friendly people. The children and the singing and skits were delightful. We were shown around their building, chapel, history room, classrooms, etc. The Christmas celebration was held in their basketball court and they had to roll extra tables (round folding tables) in for what was evidently more attendance than expected.

The next day the Sisters attended Karla Bucklew's Christmas concert at the Seventh-day Adventist church along with my daughter and I, Mary Ellen Davidson, several other relatives and friends. The concert was so beautiful. Afterwards we enjoyed a delicious fellowship dinner. The weather was fairly cooperative that day but Sunday when some of those who had come from Washington, D.C. area started home and got into some bad weather and actually stopped for the night at La Vale, MD. Others forged home and made it safely through the snow and ice that night. The snow is pretty, but I surely dread driving on slick roads.

The following is news to me! I just got new glasses and found out that I need to get another single vision pair for outside activities if I want to lower the risk of falling when walking outside. Again, this comes from Betty Robinson Sorrentino, formerly of Freemansburg, WV, now of California writes as Parish Nurse.

Health Note from Parish Nursing

"Recent research in Australia has shown that older people who spend any active time out of doors-walking, hiking, jogging-can lower their risk of falling by switching from multifocal glasses to single lens distance glasses when out of doors. They said that if you wear multifocal glasses and you're going outside a lot, those multifocal glasses are in effect an elective disability, because you're walking around with part of your visual field blurred. When we walk along, we tend to look down to scan the ground in front of us for obstacles, such as a crack in the sidewalk or a tree root. If we're wearing multifocal glasses, that obstacle is in the lower part of our visual field, blurred, making us vulnerable to being tripped up.

"They're not suggesting that we give up our multifocal glasses altogether. Multifocal glasses can be very useful in many circumstances, such as when we're driving and need to occasionally check the speedometer or when we're marketing and need to read labels. The idea is to have an extra pair of glasses-single lens with only the distance capability-to use only when outside. It was also suggested that the single distance lenses be transitional for protection from the bright sun.

"In the Australian study, it was found that overall, there was an 8% reduction in falls in those who wore single lens glasses when outside over those who used their multifocal glasses. But in those who spend more regular time out of doors-two or three times per week-single lens distance glasses were associated with 40% fewer falls! Even though there's a certain inconvenience in switching to single lens glasses for out of doors activities, it's worth the effort in order to achieve that reduction in falls-because of the consequences of a fall. Those who fall have a 5 -7% chance of a fracture, a 3% chance of a hip fracture, a 1 in 3 chance of never regaining their mobility, and a 4% chance of not surviving a year."

Source: British Medical Journal
Betty Sorrentino, Parish Nurse

Merry Christmas to all of my readers. And a very Happy New Year, too!