After a fall, many Seniors feel apprehensive about resuming their normal activities for fear of falling again. Curtailing normal activities and exercise results in a loss of balance and strength, which only makes a person more vulnerable to another serious fall.
The National Council on Aging recognizes 14 exercise programs that may help people regain their lost balance and reduce the chances of falling again. One of the most effective is Tai Chi.
Part of the benefit of many fall prevention programs is the exercise they provide. But not all exercise is equal. In a study of 670 adults age 70 or older who had fallen at least once in the last year, tai chi adapted for fall prevention was more effective than a generic exercise program or a stretching routine. Adults who practiced tai chi 2 hours per week for 6 months were 31% less likely than those in the exercise group to fall again and 58% less likely to fall than those in the stretching group.
According to Peter Harmer, PhD at Willamette University, “Tai Chi Chuan starts to reactivate the neuromuscular pathways that underpin your ability to control your body as it falls through space. ”
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