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Older adults leaning to tai chi for relief

Tai Chi is fast becoming a popular activity to reduce the effects of arthritis and falls in older adults.

One quarter of falls among older people are the result of poor balance as well as arthritis related changes in their walking style. However older people can maintain and even regain their strength, balance and mobility by staying active with Tai Chi.

To cope with increasing public demand for pain and falls relief, the team from Stay On Your Feet® are bringing Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor training to Nedlands this September.

“There is a need for more physiotherapists, occupational therapists, certified fitness instructors and allied health assistants to offer Tai Chi to older adults”, says falls prevention manager Ailsa Dinnes.

Tai Chi for Arthritis is easy to learn, effective and safe. Tai Chi for Arthritis can reduce older people’s risk of falling by improving their flexibility, muscle strength, increasing heart and lung activity, improving balance and integrating mind and body. Instructors of Tai Chi for Arthritis can also reap these benefits from their teaching of others.

Tai Chi for Arthritis workshops will be delivered by occupational therapist and master trainer, Rani Hughes on Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September.

Amassed with over 15 years of teaching experience, Rani has noted Tai Chi for Arthritis can attract new and retain existing clients, to many health practices or facilities. “Attending this workshop and becoming a certified tai chi instructor, is a worthwhile investment. It is an opportunity for you to improve the wellbeing and safety of older adults within the community”, says Hughes.

Tai Chi for Arthritis is being hosted by leading WA falls prevention agency, Stay On Your Feet®, during their three month Build Your Balance campaign. It is one of many Move Improve Remove projects helping to reduce the incidence of falls in older adults.

If you are interested in reducing the risk of falls in older adults by delivering the Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention program, please visit the event page and register here.

Stay On Your Feet® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the Western Australian Department of Health.

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