Tai Chi Chih: an exercise option for older adults

Author: Schaller KJ
Conference/Journal: J Gerontol Nurs
Date published: 1996
Other: Volume ID: 22 , Issue ID: 10 , Pages: 12-7 , Special Notes: Clinical Trial Controlled Clinical Trial , Word Count: 132

The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of Tai Chi Chih on balance, flexibility, mood, health status, and blood pressure in a sample of community-dwelling elders. A quasi-experimental pretest-posttest design was used in the study. Participants were recruited from a senior center located in the suburbs of a large metropolitan area. The experimental group consisted of 24 volunteers over the age of 55 who performed 60 minutes of Tai Chi Chih once a week for 10 weeks and practiced at home. The control group consisted of 22 volunteers who continued with their current level of activity. Analysis of covariance revealed a significant difference between the two groups on balance (F = 4.3, p < .05). This study suggests that Tai Chi Chih is a safe and enjoyable form of exercise that might improve balance in community-dwelling elders.