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Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance
Suman - Hold the ball pose

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance was developed by a team of researchers at the Oregon Research Institute. The program uses eight forms that have been derived from the traditional 24-form Yang-style Tai Chi, and progresses from easy to difficult.

Research has shown that people who complete the program are half as likely to fall and are less fearful about falling. Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance helps older adults improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of falling.

The program is intended for community-dwelling older adults aged 60 and older, who can walk easily with or without assistive devices. Participants should practice the program at least twice a week for 12 weeks, in a class taught by an authorized instructor.


Health Benefits

  • Improved physical health that leads to better functioning in daily activities
  • Improved balance, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility
  • Better mental health such as increased self-esteem and less social isolation

 

For more information on the benefits of Tai Chi for seniors, see the following published articles from Dr. Fuzhong Li:

 

Tai Chi Classes

If you are interested in attending a class view the list of Fitness Classes for Older Adults (including Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance, Stepping On and Otago) list to see classes available in Oregon and SW Washington. The classes are subject to change, so please contact the facility for current information.

 

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance Instructor Certification

To become a certified Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance instructor visit the website of Suman Sensei Barkhas (Tai Chi Yoga Center) or see the Tai Chi FAQ from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Contact Information:

Lisa Shields, Program Coordinator
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 730
Portland, OR 97232
lisa.m.shields@state.or.us