Using Tai Chi to reduce fall risk factors among older adults: an evaluation of a community-based implementation

17/05/2017

Source: Journal of Applied Gerontology

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Date of publication: 11th April 2017

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study aimed to evaluate a community-based implementation of an evidence-based fall prevention program, in which 131 individuals participated in Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance. Self-report and functional performance assessments included demographics, health and fall history, the Activities-Specific Balance Scale, the Timed Up and Go test, and the Functional Reach test. Pre–post scores were compared with the Wilcoxon signed rank test. The mostly female participants were 73 years old, on average. At baseline, 18% reported being afraid or very afraid of falling, and 18% had fallen in the past 6 months. At follow-up, there was significant improvement in Timed Up and Go (p < .001), Functional Reach (p < .01), and Activities-Specific Balance Scale scores (p < .01). These results demonstrate that a 12-week evidence-based Tai Chi program can be feasibly implemented by novice instructors, is well-received by older adults, and can effectively reduce fall risk when implemented in community settings.

 Length of publication: 17 pages

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Health benefits of tai chi: what is the evidence?

19/12/2016

Source: Canadian Family Physician 

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Date of publication: November 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article summarizes the benefits of tai chi in various conditions including falls.

 Length of publication: 10 pages

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Multicomponent training improves balance, strength in type 2 diabetes, peripheral neuropathy

17/11/2016

Source: Endocrine Today

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Date of publication: October 17, 2016

 Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A targeted multicomponent program that includes functional strengthening exercises, walking, aerobics or tai chi can improve balance and strength for adults with type 2 diabetes and peripheral neuropathy, but long-term data are insufficient to determine whether any improvements reduce the risk for falls, according to researchers.

 Length of publication: One page


An evidence map of the effect of Tai Chi on health outcomes

15/09/2016

Source: Systematic Reviews

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Date of publication: 27 July 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This evidence map describes the volume and focus of Tai Chi research reporting health outcomes. Originally developed as a martial art, Tai Chi is typically taught as a series of slow, low-impact movements that integrate the breath, mind, and physical activity to achieve greater awareness and a sense of well-being.

 Length of publication: 11 pages

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Effect of Tai Chi exercise on fall prevention in older adults: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

15/09/2016

Source: International Journal of Gerontology

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Date of publication: 5 August 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls among the elderly is a major public health concern. Tai Chi exercise appears to prevent the risk of falls among the elderly. Previous reviews found that there is insufficient evidence to conclude whether Tai Chi is effective in fall prevention. This review was performed to update the current evidence on the effect of this intervention.

 Length of publication: 6 pages

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An exercise-based program aimed at reducing falls

15/06/2015

Source: Cootamundra Herald

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Date of publication: May 29th 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: A falls prevention program ainmed to increase the access of older people living in rural communities to appropriate fall-safe activities designed to improve their muscle strength, flexibility, balance and fitness.

Length of publication: One page

 

 

 

 


Promoting health and a calm mind

15/05/2015

Source: Ithaca.com

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Date of publication: 25th April 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: Exercise classes such as Tai Chi are being offered as a method of reducing falls in older adults.

Length of publication: One page

 

 


Impact of Tai-Chi on Falls Among Preclinically Disabled Older People

17/04/2015

Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2015, online

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This randomised controlled trial investigated the effectiveness of modified Sun style tai-chi on preventing falls in community-dwelling older people in Australia. The study could not support the tai-chi as a falls prevention measure among relatively well older people with modified mobility and an increased risk of disability. Low class attendance and lack of intensity of intervention may have contributed to the lack of effect.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Tai chi: reducing falls through better balance

19/03/2015

Source: htrnews.com

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Date of publication: 8th March 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Residents of Felician Village in Manitowoc, Wisonsin, USA are turning to an ancient Chinese martial art in an effort to reduce falls.

Length of publication: One page

 

 


Tai Chi can prevent falls in the elderly

18/03/2013

Source: Osteoporosis Dorset

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type: Website article

In a nutshell: This article, originally published in the Telegraph in September 2012, describes new guidelines for physiotherapists in which elderly people are recommended dance and Tai Chi on prescription. The guidance also says that simple exercise programmes and balance training can significantly reduce the risk of falling.

Length of publication: 1 page


Tai Chi decreases the incidence of falls in older adults

06/12/2012

Source: Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 2012, 17 (3) p. 177-178

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Date of publication: September 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This trial studied the effect of a supervised Tai Chi intervention compared to a physiotherapy programme on fall-related clinical outcomes.

Length of publication: 2 pages

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Interventions for preventing falls in older people in the community

18/10/2012

Source: The Cochrane Library

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Date of publication: September 2012

Publication type: Review

In a nutshell: This is an update of a review first published in 2009. This compares 159 trials for falls prevention interventions, including multifactorial interventions, group and home-based exercise, vitamin D supplementation, Tai Chi and other factors.

Length of publication: 404 pages (a 4 page summary is available)

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Tai chi compared to low level exercise in reducing community based falls: RCT

15/06/2012

Source:  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2012, 60(5), p. 841-8

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Date of publication: May 2012

Publication type: Randomised controlled trial

In a nutshell:  RCT compared the effectiveness of tai chi and low-level exercise in reducing falls in older adults; to determine whether mobility, balance, and lower limb strength improved and whether higher doses of tai chi resulted in greater effect.  Study found that there was no difference in falls rates between the groups, with falls reducing similarly (mean falls rate reduction of 58%) over the 17-month follow-up period. Strength and balance improved similarly in all groups over time.

Length of publication : 9 pages

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Tai Chi effective in reducing falls in patients with Parkinson’s disease

16/04/2012

Source: New England Journal of Medicine,  2012  366(6) p. 511-9

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type: Radomized controlled trial

In a nutshell:  In this RCT, tai chi was found to be more effective than resistance-training or stretching programs in improving the postural stability of patients with Parkinson’s disease. Tai chi also was more effective than the stretching program in reducing the number of falls.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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