Tai Ji Quan Exercises More Effective at Reducing Falls Than Conventional Exercises, Study Finds
February 22, 2019 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
A therapeutic tai ji quan intervention aimed at reducing the incidence of falls among community-dwelling older adults who were at high risk of falls was 53% more effective than multimodal exercise interventions, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open on February 15, 2019. The study analyzed data over a one-year period collected from 670 older adults who were randomly assigned to one of three intervention groups: 224 persons in TJQMBB (Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance), 223 in multimodal exercise, and 223 in stretching exercise. Each intervention group participated in twice-weekly training sessions that were 60 minutes long for 24 weeks.