Tai Chi: This evidence-based program focuses on preventing falls and improving balance through regular practice of Tai Chi. Participants will learn eight single forms, all of which are derived from the traditional, well known, 24-form Yang Style Tai Chi. The forms are tailored to older adults who wish to improve balance and mobility, and consequently reduce the risk of falling. Performance of Tai Chi movements is also closely coordinated with natural breathing and stress reduction
The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program, developed by Dr. Paul Lam, uses gentle Sun-style Tai Chi routines that are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level. The ancient discipline of Tai Chi combines agile steps, joint safe exercise and mental strength to improve mobility, breathing, and relaxation in ways that help you feel greater control over your daily life. It’s a joint safe way for people of all ages to enjoy life and meet new friends, while taking control of your physical, emotional and mental health. Classes meet for one hour twice a week for 8 weeks.
Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® (TJQMBB) is a research-based balance training regimen designed for older adults at risk of falling and people with balance disorders. Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute, developed the program.
Although its origin can be traced to the contemporary simplified 24-form Tai Ji Quan routine, TJQMBB represents a significant paradigm shift in the application of Tai Ji Quan, moving the focus from its historical use as a martial art or recreational activity to propagating health by addressing common, but potentially debilitating, functional impairments/deficits.