Tai chi reduces risk of falls for older adults says new study

Share Button

tai chi, balance, falls, exercise for older peopleOlder people who have a high risk of falling could try tai chi balance training to lower their chances, says new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

A total of 670 adults aged 70 years or older who had a history of falls or impaired mobility, were split into three groups. One group took part in two 60-minute classes weekly for 24 weeks of a therapeutically tailored tai chi intervention. A second group had a multimodal exercise programme that involved integrating balance, aerobics, strength, and flexibility activities. The third group did stretching exercises.

During the six months trial there were 733 falls: 152 in the tai chi group, 218 in the multimodal exercise group and 363 in the stretching group. People in the therapeutic tai chi intervention had reduced falls by 58% compared with the stretching exercise (control intervention) and by 31% compared with the multimodal exercise intervention.

The research group comments:

“For older adults at high risk of falling, a therapeutically tailored tai ji quan intervention was more effective than stretching or multimodal exercises in reducing the incidence of falls.”

Arthritis Digest Magazine was selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 5 Arthritis Blogs on the internet in 2018.

For more in-depth features, interviews and information, subscribe to Arthritis Digest magazine, a popular title that’s published six times a year. Click here for the digital version or tel 0845 643 8470 to order your had copy. You’ll know what your doctor is talking about, what new drugs are in the pipeline and be up to date on helpful products.

“Amazing magazine and the first I’ve read from beginning to end.” Mrs E Crowther, Dorset

“There’s so much news and information to digest, and it’s all calorie free. Brilliant!” A Alexander, Glasgow
“As we are all living longer, it gives us hope for a future with less pain. Arthritis Digest gives us information on the up to date treatments.”Mrs Healey, Devon
“Full of interesting information and tips.” Mr G Thurlow, East Yorkshire

Google+ | Privacy Policy | FTC Disclaimer

Copyright © 2013. All Rights Reserved.