Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Something to Know - 3 January

I usually fill this space with some political commentary from publications of some repute.  The intent is to spread the authors' observation, so that we can take away something that helps to better understand the constant changing political winds.   This article, from today's NY Times is nothing like that.   Most of my readers are about my age, and my political curiosities.  There is nothing partisan, however, about "the normal aging process".  The Dutch, have an excellent view on extending the quality of life to their aging citizens.   A simple class on learning how to navigate challenging terrain, difficult stairways, and how to fall and get up make things better for all.   I really like the last paragraph:

Mr. van Lovink, the cyclist, asked if they would learn standing on one leg. "Why would you want to do that?" replied Ms. van Wijk.

"To be able to put on my pants," Mr. van Lovink said seriously, but to the amusement of his classmates.

Ms. van Wijk advised them all to always sit when putting on their pants.

"That's the power of physiotherapy with geriatrics," she said. "You practice the things you know you can do, and not the things you can't."

Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
- Adlai Stevenson

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