Tai chi is supported and promoted across the district to reduce unintentional injuries due to falls and allow older adults to remain independent in their own homes longer.
What: Tai Chi is a graceful form of exercise that involves a series of movements, known as forms that are performed in a slow, focused manner combined with controlled breathing. It is a low impact exercise that puts minimal stress on muscles and joints-making it suitable for many older adults. It doesn’t require special equipment and can be practiced indoors or outdoors, either alone or in a group.
Who: People who are 60 years of age or older.
Why: Each year, about one third of adults aged 65 years of age and older fall, and 20 to 30 percent of those who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries, such as bruises, hip fractures, and head traumas. Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries among this population. By taking a Tai Chi class you improve your strength and balance, and helps prevent falls. Research has shown that practicing Tai Chi, a balance-prompting exercise, is a very effective way for older adults to reduce the risk of falling and to maintain their independence.
PHS has trained instructors in Gage, Saline, Fillmore and Jefferson counties. To find out more about a class in your community contact Jill Kuzelka at 402-826-3880.