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Seniors use canes for more than stability

Original post made on Jan 9, 2013

You might find Robert Worthington walking around town with a wooden cane, but not necessarily because he needs help with mobility. The 77-year-old doesn't swagger, but he can swing a cane with the likes of Fred Astaire.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 4:27 PM

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Posted by Wondering
a resident of Danville
on Jan 9, 2013 at 9:51 am

This sounds like a great class! I'm curious how a person can stop the attacker from grabbing the cane and attacking the victim with it?

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Posted by R. Worthngton
a resident of Danville
on Jan 9, 2013 at 11:41 am

Hi Wondering

There are a couple of way to counter someone grabbing your cane. Although they were demonstrated, they weren't shown on the video. If you wish, feel free in dropping by the Town Meeting Hall and I will show them to you right after the class is over which is around 10AM on Tuesdays. If you like what you see, perhaps you'd be interested in becoming a student.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Jan 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Electrify the tip?

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Posted by Grey Geezer
a resident of Alamo
on Jan 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

Watch out 'Wondering!' I think you're about to become canin' fodder!

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Posted by herblover
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 10, 2013 at 5:49 pm

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Great class - thank you to instructors Worthington & Dexheimer for offering such a practical class to empower seniors or anyone who uses a cane. And thanks to the town of Danville for providing the space.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm

We are certainly grateful for all that Bob does for seniors in the community. But few are aware of his support for the arts. Over the years he has given freely of his time and energy to support artists and their activities. Thanks Bob, for all your good work!

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Posted by jeanie
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

This is a GREAT class! So glad to know about it. When is it offered again?

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jan 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Hey Wondering, you have your brains floating in the clouds...Think a little.

My cane has a very long (22inches) of solid steel that is slipped into the center on my beautiful wooden support cane. Come to me with a deadly plan and you will wish you thought other wise. are the type of people that are pro-gun control.

I feel sorry for you and the ones that you are caring for...your family that is.

Before you approach a senior and thinking he or she is scared of the likes of you...think twice...

Thanks for listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by R. Worthington
a resident of Danville
on Jan 12, 2013 at 11:46 am

Just about now, I’m the one who should just lean against my “let things be tree” but I’m not one to keep my mouth shut. So……..

To all the kind folks that have made comments, I thank you. It is an honor to have an article like this published.

To “Wondering “: My invitation is in earnest and certainly within the concept of public service. Being “Cannon Fodder” is not conceivable from any angle.

To “Derek”: FYI, electrifying the tip would turn the cane into a cattle prod. It’s not legal to carry a cattle prod in public.

To “herblover”: A special thanks to you. Those are my sentiments, exactly. From a practical standpoint, a cane is a seniors best friend.

To ”Bill”: I think I know who you are, Bill. If I’m right, you’re the president of the United Artist Association. Thanks for your support.

To “Jeanie”: Thank you; it is a great class. The present class runs from Jan 8th thru Feb 28th and is sponsored by the Town of Danville. Class meets on Tuesdays at 9AM at the Town Meeting Hall. Registration for the class is required by the Town.

To “Julia”: Just a word of caution. Be careful how you use your cane with the steel insert. Carrying a cane like that may get you into more trouble than a plain cane. I’d suggest you consider a cane that is made from a good grade of hardwood. Additionally, trying to get through airport security with a cane that has an insert will cause the cane to be confiscated. A wooden cane has no problem.
(This is beginnig to sound like a blog)
R. Worthington

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Posted by Geri, from KY.
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Jan 15, 2013 at 1:46 am

Bob, what a great idea, thank you from all seniors!

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Posted by Wondering
a resident of Danville
on Jan 17, 2013 at 8:45 am

Goodness gracious! I just innocently asked a question about not having the cane pulled away from you and being attacked with it, with no malicious or snarky intent and I'm verbally attacked! Julia, I actually I'm not pro gun control. I'm a middle aged woman who is battling a disease which will eventually put me in a situation where I will need a cane for assistance. I watched the video and wondered how you can prevent someone from pulling the cane away from you and being attacked by it. My head is not in the clouds.

Try showing some simple kindness before you attack someone for asking a question. I'm terribly sorry you interpreted it as snarky. I show kindness each day to anyone with physical disabilities who need assistance. Although mine do not show now, I will eventually be someone who needs assistance and will need to protect myself.

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