Improving balance

2011.12.06 – Daily Mail  – Tai chi ‘can help prevent falls’ by improving balance’ in the elderly

Elderly people whose eyesight is  failing can improve their balance and avoid dangerous falls by practising tai chi,…

…builds strength and also improves balance control, reducing the chances of life-threatening falls among old people with poor eyesight.

Results, published in the Age and Ageing journal, revealed volunteers who practised had far better balance than a control group who were taught to play an instrument…
… ‘Tai chi practice requires conscious awareness of body position and extremity movements, which may improve joint proprioception [awareness]…
…study which reported that the knee joint proprioception of persons with normal vision could be improved with 16 weeks of tai chi training. This study extends those findings to visually impaired older people.”