Seniors - Prevent Falls by Practicing Tai Chi

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How would you rate your balance and ability to move and get around without falling? If you’re in your senior years, your balance might not be what it used to be. And that could put you at risk for falling, getting hurt, or worse.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • One in four adults over age 65 falls each year
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult requires emergency-room care for a fall
  • Every 19 minutes, an old adult dies from falling
  • Hospitals treat patients for an estimated 2.8 million fall-related injuries every year. And many more go unreported.

Does getting older mean you have to accept the fact that you’re going to fall? No. New research suggests that one simple form of low-impact exercise can significantly reduce your fall risk. And even if you’ve fallen before, this form of exercise can help prevent falling in the future. Want to give it a try?

In a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found that practicing tai chi for 60 minutes twice a week may cut the risk for falls by up to 58 percent. Researchers found that it’s an effective form of exercise to prevent falls. And a good way to improve strength, balance, and mobility after a fall to prevent another spill.

Want to learn tai chi? Lots of YouTube videos are available to guide you through a basic practice you can do at home. Many gyms, libraries, and community centers also offer tai chi classes.

Getting old doesn’t have to be a downer. A little exercise like tai chi will help you build muscle strength and balance so you can remain independent and avoid a trip to the ER from a fall. A little exercise, along with a Senior-Friendly diet will help feel better and live longer.