Author: Matt

Why Every Aging Adult Should Learn the Discipline of Tai Chi There exists meaningful evidence that the discipline of Tai Chi may reduce the risk of falling in older adults. The statistics are eye-opening. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of Americans, age 65 or older, with 1 of 5 fall-related injuries account for 800,000 hospitalizations each year and 74 deaths a day. Injuries resulting from a fall are among the 20 most expensive medical conditions, with the cost of treating fall injuries increasing with age. To compound the issue, falling once doubles the risk of falling again.  Read more – Why Learn Tai...

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Tai Chi may have more health benefits than you know

Tai Chi, the traditional exercise that focuses the mind and the body, may do more for you than just being a workout. Researchers from Taiwan and China have found that tai chi can lower the risk of falling for seniors and it may improve the health of those who suffer from heart disease. Doing tai chi can strengthen the extremities of seniors, says a study from Taiwan. This can help prevent seniors from falls. In the study researchers from Taipei Medical University compared the effectiveness of tai chi to a physical therapy called “lower extremity training,” or LET, which involves leg-strengthening exercises, in reducing falls. Two groups of participants aged 60 and above were recruited. The participants had all received medical attention for falling. One group was given tai chi classes and the other received LET sessions. At the end of 6 months it was found that those who practiced tai chi were significantly less likely to experience an injury caused by a fall compared to those who did LET. But that wasn’t all. The benefits of tai chi was seen even after a year later. Many existing health conditions can contribute to the risk of a fall including arthritis, heart disease, muscle weakness, vision and balance problems, and dementia. Practicing seven days a week at home also gave even greater results. The team also saw that cognitive function...

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