Tai Chi Study Suggests IT Can Reduce Falls by 40%

Studies about falling, suggest that it could be Tai Chi's calling. 

Wayne points to a study by Fuzhong Li at the Oregon Research Institute (which carries out assessments of Tai Chi’s impact on health conditions, including a current project with Parkinson’s patients): it looked at 256 elderly people, from 70 to 92 years old, and compared how they benefited from Tai Chi and seated exercise, respectively. “They reported greater than a 40 percent reduction in the number of falls in the group that received Tai Chi,” Wayne reports. “This is a very significant finding. Older people with thinning bones are at very high risk for fractures; a fall related to hip fracture, for example, is associated with a 20 percent increase in mortality within one year and very high medical costs.” 


Source: Harvard Magazine.