Older Adults Who Practice Tai Chi as Exercise May Have Lower Risk of Falling, Analysis Finds

August 8, 2017

The New York Times (8/8, Bakalar, Subscription Publication, 14.49M) reports an analysis published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society found that older people who practice tai chi as an exercise could see improved balance and a lower risk of falling. The review of “10 randomized trials analyzing the effect of tai chi on the incidence of falls or the time until an elderly person first has a fall” found tai chi reduced participants’ “incidence of falls by 43 percent in those followed for less than a year and by 13 percent in those followed longer.” The data showed “some weak evidence that the practice reduced the number of falls that resulted in injury.”

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