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January 15, 2004

Practicing Tai Chi Reduces Falls In The Elderly

A recent study by Emory University concluded that by studying Tai Chi, elderly people reduced their chance of falling by 25%:

Tai chi focuses on building strength, balance and flexibility through slow, fluid movements combined with mental imagery and deep breathing. Studies have suggested that the elderly can reduce their risk of falls, lower their blood pressure and ease arthritis symptoms through the practice.

Last month, Great Britain's national health service announced a new program offering older adults free tai chi classes, as part of a government campaign to cut the number of elderly who fall and break a hip.

Posted by david at January 15, 2004 6:27 PM

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