Falls and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

16. What is tai chi and how can it help prevent falls?

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese method of using slow, flowing movements to coordinate the mind and body. This gentle, relaxing activity can improve strength, balance, postural alignment, and concentration.

Some studies have found that tai chi helps prevent falls among older people because it improves balance and control. It may also boost self-confidence and reduce the fear of falling.

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