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    Posted March 15, 2014 by
    Chiang Mai, Thailand
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    Discovering Thailand through the eyes of the elderly


    Over the past 6 months, I have had the extraordinary opportunity to immerse myself into the culture and traditions of Thailand. As a postdoctoral scholar investigating the risk of falling in elderly adults, I came to Thailand to understand whether mindfulness meditation might provide a means for reducing fall rates. In the process, I have not only had a chance to study Buddhist meditation, but I have fallen in love with the people, lifestyle, and food of this beautiful country.


    Through the IIE’s Whitaker International Program, I have been able to expand my knowledge of engineering and biomechanics, while also sharing my unique experiences with the local Thai professionals. It is this exchange of ideas and views provided through international travel and collaboration that I find most beneficial. With continued cooperative research, I believe that we can successfully reduce the risk of falling among older adults.


    From my positive experiences so far, I hope to continue working with an international community throughout my career. I'll also continue enjoying Thai food, so let's go get some pad thai!

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