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Tai Chi reduces Fear of Falling among the Elderly

January 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fear of falling is major health problem among elderly adults. Researchers at Chang-Gung University in Taiwan studied the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral strategies with and without tai chi in reducing the fear of falling. Participants were randomly assigned to a control group, a cognitive-behavioral group without tai chi or a cognitive-behavioral group with tai chi. Participants [...]

Tai chi found to be one of the most cost-effective fall prevention programs for older adults.

April 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A study comparing the cost-effectiveness of fall prevention programs that reduce fall-related hip fractures in older adults found that group tai chi and the medical management of psychotropic medications were the least costly and most effective methods available. While the medical management of psychotropic medications as well as tai chi was considered one of the [...]

Review of controlled trials show tai chi to be effective at reducing risk of falls among seniors.

Review of controlled trials show tai chi to be effective at reducing risk of falls among seniors.

August 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

A systematic review of randomizes trials of interventions to reduce falls in community-dwelling seniors published in the April 2009 Cochrane Database Syst Rev. found that tai chi is effective at reducing the rate of falls. In addition to tai chi, multiple-component group exercise, individually prescribed multiple-component home-based exercise, and assessment and multifactorial intervention were also [...]

Study fails to show 26 hours per year of tai chi enough to reduce risk of falls among seniors.

August 28, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Researchers at Erasmus MS University in the Netherlands randomly assigned 269 older adults to a tai chi or control group. The tai chi group received two hours of tai chi training for 13 weeks. Falls were recorded in both groups during the 12 months following the start of the tai chi classes. There was no [...]

Tai Chi for Falls Prevention Program Successfully Implemented

August 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Researchers at the Oregon Research Institute demonstrated that a tai chi based falls-prevention program developed from a clinical trial could be replicated. The program was evaluated at 6 community centers. All 6 centers successfully implemented the program with an 87% reach into the target population. The participants showed significant improvements in health-related outcome measures. Abstract

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