Enjoying Senior Adult Classes at Vanderbilt

Students at Class Session

Students at Class Session

Bonney and I attended an Osher Lifelong Learning at Vanderbilt class yesterday. We have been active in this program for more than 10 years. This Fall session had a course we were interested in and at a Handicapped accessible location.

These courses are being offered this session….

.Classes are held at various locations with this session including….

St. George’s Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Road

The Temple,  5015 Harding Pike

The Commons Center, Vanderbilt campus

Lentz Public Health Center, 2500 Charlotte Avenue

We attended this class………

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Circadian Rhythms and Sleep

Instructors: Carl H. Johnson, Stevenson Chair in Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University Beth Malow, Professor of Neurology, Vanderbilt University, and Director of the Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center Douglas McMahon, Stevenson Chair in Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University Terry Page, Professor of Biological Sciences, Emeritus, Vanderbilt University

In order to cope with the challenges of a rhythmically changing environment, plants, animals, and even microbes have evolved an internal biological clock. These endogenous, time-keeping systems orchestrate daily rhythms of behavior, physiology, and metabolism in harmony with the rising and setting of the sun. In this lecture series we will explore the properties of these clocks, how they are set to “local time,” and their utility in various aspects of physiology and behavior. Particular emphasis will be given to the sleep/wake cycle of humans with discussion about the ways sleep is regulated and the consequences of disruption of our daily sleep patterns.

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Osher Lifelong Learning at Vanderbilt


Problems With Sidewalks and Speedbumps at The Cloister

Sometimes decisions are taken without considering some consequences.

1. Our sidewalks are not Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. When I returned from a long stay at a hospital I tried to roll on the Cloister sidewalks using my electric-drive wheelchair until a driveway flare caused me to lose control and crash into a neighbors flower bed.

Driveway crossings without landings confront wheelchair users with severe and rapidly changing cross-slopes at the driveway flare.

Americans with Disability Act declares Cloister sidewalks unsafe

Americans with Disability Act declares Cloister sidewalks unsafe

2. My accident on the sidewalk forced me to ride on the streets of The Cloister. My problems with the Cloister streets are where speed bumps extend completely across the street, from curb to curb posing a danger to walkers, bicyclers, and wheelchair users.

Where can I find the ADA compliant height of speed bumps ?

Impassible speed bumps are unsafe for the still wheelchair mobile handicapped resident

Impassible speed bumps are unsafe for the still wheelchair mobile handicapped resident

Speed bumps can’t be used on an ADA accessible route. Speed humps could be, but it would be better to just use them in the roadway, and provide an accessible bump free sidewalk.

Anything over 1/2″ high has to be ramped very gently. To be ADA compliant, a 4″ high speed hump would need a four foot wide up-slope, a five foot landing on top, then a four foot wide down-slope.

3. Some residents are in that middle ground between complete mobility and being completely house bound. I am one of them. After long, hard therapy I am able to get around again using an electric drive wheelchair. I can maneuver outdoors to visit neighbors, go to the clubhouse, enjoy the bird sanctuaries on the back lot and even take the path, initially put in  when The Cloister was first developed, that leads directly down to St Henry Church.

Shall we wait until this happens?

Shall we wait until this happens?

But…….I already had one crash because of the driveway flares built-into all the Cloister sidewalks and almost lose control every time while attempting to ride over the several speed bumps on the Cloister streets which completely cross the street from curb to curb. And now the association board wants to add even more of these dangerous speed bumps.  A curbside opening between the curb and the beginning of the speed bump would allow a wheelchair, bicycle or even a walker to walk the streets without the danger of falling.

The HOA Board members should reconsider their dangerous decision.Danger Sign

  1. Do not extend existing speed bumps curb to curb.
  2. Do not add more curb to curb speed bumps
  3. Remove a section of existing curb to curb speed bumps to allow a wheelchair, bicycle or pedestrian and dog walkers to safely travel on a  Cloister street since we are forced to the streets with sidewalks that are not passable because of danger from the driveway flares on the sidewalks.