Tai Chi intervention for older adults using assistive devices in a senior living community: A pilot study

Liu Hao, Michael Connors, Victoria Grando, Hui Liu

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Abstract

Aim: To examine whether a 6-form Tai Chi (TC) programme is effective in improving balance among older adults using an assistive device (walker or cane) for daily mobility. Method: Seventeen qualified subjects participated in a 12-week study (3 times a week, 60 minutes each session). The outcomes measured were the Fall Efficacy Scale (FES), Tinetti Performance Oriented Mobility Assessment (POMA), Single Leg Stance (SLS), and Chair Stand Test (CST). Findings: Thirteen subjects completed the whole programme and performed significantly better on the post test than the pre test in FES (P=.001), POMA (P=.001), and SLS (P=.001), but no difference identified in CST (P=.131) after Bonferroni adjustment. Conclusion: These results indicate that the 6-form TC programme can benefit older assistive device users by reducing fear of falling and improving balance, but offers no clear improvement in lower extremity strength.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-142
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Assistive devices
  • Balance
  • Exercise
  • Falls
  • Geriatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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