Tai Chi: Moving for a Better Balance

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance (TJQMBB), a research-based, balance-training regimen designed for older adults and people with balance disorders, was developed by Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute.

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The CDC study compared the effectiveness of a 6-month program of Tai Chi classes with a program of stretching exercises. Participants in the Tai Chi classes had fewer falls and fewer fall injuries. Their risk of falling was decreased 55 percent.  Learn more

The program focuses on improving balance and physical performance with Tai Chi classes designed for older adults in community settings. It includes 24 Tai Chi forms that emphasized weight shifting, postural alignment and coordinated movements. Synchronized breathing aligned with Tai Chi movements was integrated into the movement routine.

Each session include instructions in new movements as well as review of movements from previous sessions and are delivered by an experienced Tai Chi instructor. Each practice session incorporated musical accompaniment. Each hour-long session includes:

  • A 5- to 10-minute warm-up period
  • Practice of Tai Chi movements
  • A 5- to 10-minute cool-down period

Practicing at home was encouraged and monitored using a home-practice log.

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Tai Chi: Moving for a Better Balance