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Tai Chi Boosts Balance in Seniors

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

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The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi, which involves a series of slow movements performed while breathing deeply, could help seniors reduce their risk for falls, a major cause of injury. By focusing on flexibility and whole-body coordination, the exercise has been shown to improve balance in older adults. Researchers explored this by analyzing five studies, each lasting a year or less, involving 1,432 adults ages 56 to 98. Doing an hour of tai chi one to three times per week cut the risk of injury-causing falls in seniors by nearly half. To find a tai chi class near you, try your local YMCA or senior center. 
Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, published online July 24, 2017

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