Falls Prevention

Falls are an important public health concern. They can result in serious injuries, enduring disabilities, drastic lifestyle changes, escalating healthcare expenses, and even death. Fall-associated healthcare costs in the United States have been estimated as high as $500 million a year. This does not even begin to assess the individual morbidity involved (disability, dependence, depression, unemployment, inactivity). Fall prevention should be of paramount concern to healthcare professionals and should be reevaluated on a regular basis.

- The Ochsner Journal

A randomized, controlled trial of tai chi for the prevention of falls

Voukelatos A1, Cumming RG, Lord SR, Rissel C.

The Central Sydney tai chi trial

OBJECTIVES:
To determine the effectiveness of a 16-week community-based tai chi program in reducing falls and improving balance in people aged 60 and older.

DESIGN:
Randomized, controlled trial with waiting list control group.

SETTING:
Community in Sydney, Australia.

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