Tai chi to prevent falls in older adults

Source: British Journal of Community Nursing

Follow this link for the abstract

Date of publication: November 2019, Vol. 24, iss. 11 pps. 550-552

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Frailty is common in older age and those living with frailty are at risk of adverse health outcomes. Exercise programmes could potentially reduce the risks for this group of people by increasing muscle strength, reducing falls and improving overall mobility. This study looks specifically at the effects of weekly tai chi classes in those people living with frailty in older age. This study monitored the participants who attended each week and looked to see if any improvements were made by reducing the risk of falls, and improving mobility. Validated tools that assess balance, gait, and identify falls risk were used throughout the study. Initial results indicate a perceived improvement in physical health and wellbeing.

 Length of publication: three pages

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