For Additional Information: Kate Cox, Activities Director, Windham Senior Center: 860-423-4524, email@example.com. 47 Crescent Street Willimantic, Connecticut 06226 or Laddie Sacharko, Program Director/Instructor, Starfarm Tai Chi: 860 455 0353, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This evidence based, therapeutic tai chi fall prevention program was developed by the CDC. It was proven through years of scientific research to reduce the rate of falls among older adults by 55%! In its first update of the American Geriatrics Society and the British Geriatric Society’s guidelines on preventing falls in older persons since 2001, this year AGS/BGS recommended “multifactorial interventions which include exercise for balance, gait and strength training, such as Tai Chi or physical therapy.”
The Tai Chi for Seniors Windham Classes will be offered 2 times weekly for 12 weeks. You may register for twice weekly for 12 weeks, and you may register for 1 class weekly, “tai chi a la cart”, or wellness program (does not meet requirements as fall prevention activity; instead tai chi for seniors windham ct).
Part of the program protocol is voluntary functional balance testing before and after training; participants will know exactly what their efforts have achieved, and can document for their Primary Care Provider the results of a formal fall prevention program. Participants may elect to purchase a companion DVD, and/or guidebook.
Special Note: Tai Chi addresses the pain associated with arthritis and fibromyalgia, can be effective for persons with Parkinson’s Disease, can improve mood and sleep disorder. This program focuses on tai chi as fall prevention exercise.
The evidence based Therapeutic Tai Chi for Fall Prevention Program approach targets functional training for bilateral and unilateral stance(and transition), stepping forward, stepping sideways, stepping backward.(gait and balance). This Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance program is one of 14 Fall Prevention programs recommended by the CDC, and the tai chi program protocol used in this training presentation.
This protocol “represents a significant enhancement of traditional Tai Chi transforming the purposeful movements into therapeutic training of balance.” The protocol consists of a standard set of tai chi exercises and movement practiced over a specified period of time (16 weeks), with a specific frequency (min 2x weekly), using pre and post testing of participants with functional tests.
Functional outcomes include better movement excursion and control, and consistent, steady walking patterns:
improved postural stability
improved control of body positioning
improved gait initiation
improved movement symmetry and coordination
improved lower extremity strength
Why this program?
Community-based clinical trial with older adults DONE
Reduction in the risk of falling by 55% ESTABLISHED
Community-based evaluation and dissemination DONE
Recommended falls prevention program (one of the 14 programs by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) DONE
Where do we go?
Using (tai chi moving for better balance) for balance, strength, posture and gait training in the clinical setting(tai chi therapy), and (tai chi moving for better balance) fall prevention programming in the community setting.
Establishing a usable standard for the both the community tai chi teacher and the allied health professional, extending the continuum of care beyond the initial therapeutic intervention into the rehabilitation, prevention, and wellness stages.
Reducing the impact of the chronic (fall and related injury/illness) condition on people and cost.
“Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance” fall prevention tai chi program has been thoroughly researched. This is the fall prevention tai chi balance training program needed to take action for people who feel at risk of a fall injury, or want to improve balance. Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance has been shown to improve balance, ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease; and Tai Chi has been shown to improve treatment for depression. This Tai Chi Program consists of a short series of easy to learn movements and the regimen required to achieve reliable results. The original study’s materials DVD is now available here for just $5.99 THE BEST TAI CHI DVD!The original studies materials Guidebook is also available below, at checkout .
Eight one hour tai chi for seniors sessions are geared towards the senior(65+).Beginners of all ages will benefit from an hour of relaxation, breathing, and moving. Warm-up exercises gently work the body while relaxing the mind. Deep, diaphramatic breathing oxygenates the blood and stimulates a pleasant feeling of well-being. Joint rotation exercises help manage arthritis pain. New research shows Tai Chi class helps manage fibromyalgia pain. This tai chi class consists of ten simple movements. These tai chi movements are practiced during this seniors tai chi class for their ability to train balance, flexibility, and increase tolerance for exercise.
Program: One hour class is held weekly, Fridays 9:15-10:15 Canterbury Community Center. 8 Weeks
A person practicing in tai chi class moves her body in a slow, relaxed, and graceful series of movements. One can practice on one’s own or in a group. The movements make up what are called forms (or routines). Some movements are named for animals or birds, such as “White Crane Spreads Its Wings.” The simplest style uses 13 movements; more complex styles can have dozens.The term “tai chi” has been translated in various ways, such as “internal martial art,” “supreme ultimate boxing,” “boundless fist,” and “balance of the opposing forces of nature.” While accounts of the art’s history often differ, the most consistently important figure is a Taoist monk (and semi legendary figure) in 12th-century China named Chang San-Feng (or Zan Sanfeng).
This class is taught by Paula McNally, a Starfarm “Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance” teacher in training.
If you are considering or using any type of (Complementary or Alternative Medicine) CAM, talk to your health care provider about it. This is for your safety and a complete treatment plan.