Moving for Better Balance: a tai chi based Fall Prevention program.
In the US Falls are the leading cause of injury in older adults. A fall or the fear of falling causes many of us to limit our physical activity, withdraw from activities and social engagements. It can bring about depression and increased feelings of helplessness (CDC)
Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance was developed by a team of researchers at the Oregon Research Institute. The program uses eight forms that have been derived from the traditional 24-form Yang-style Tai Chi, and progresses from easy to difficult. It has since been implemented nationwide by the CDC to help prevent falls.
Research has shown that people who complete the program are half as likely to fall and are less fearful about falling. Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance helps older adults improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of falling.
• Improved physical health that leads to better functioning in daily activities
• Improved balance, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility
• Better mental health such as increased self-esteem and less social isolation