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Ancient art could help in prevention of falls
Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese tradition that involves a graceful series of movements. People perform tai chi in a slow and focused manner, keeping their body in constant motion and frequently challenging their balance.
A new trial shows that tai chi could well beat strength training and aerobics when it comes to the prevention of falls amongst seniors.
The researchers reported that a modified senior-centered tai chi program reduced falls nearly a third better in a head-to-head comparison with an exercise regimen that combined aerobics, strength training and balance drills. Senior researcher, Kerri Winters-Stone, a professor with the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing reported that this tai chi program better addressed the deficits that were contributing to fall risk. Researchers have long thought that tai chi could help with the reduction of falls, said co-researcher Peter Harmer, a professor of exercise and health science with Willamette University in Salem.
In the United States, it is reported that annually, about 28 percent of U.S. seniors report falling, and 2 out of 5 falls result in injuries leading to an ER visit, hospitalization or death.
“Falling in adults age 65 and older is significantly associated with loss of independence, premature mortality and big health care costs,” Harmer said.
The movements of tai chi require people to move in all directions, while traditional exercise programs focus more on forward and backward motion, Winters-Stone and Harmer said.
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