Effects of Tai /Chi Exercise on Balance, Functional Mobility, and Fear of Falling among Older Women
Applied Nursing Research
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of Tai Chi exercise among older women. Multiple regression analysis revealed statistically significant improvements in scores for balance (p < .001), functional mobility (p < .05), and fear of falling (p < .001) and associated demographic factors. Three months of twice weekly, 30-minute Tai Chi classes was associated with statistically significant improvements in balance and functional mobility and a reduction in the fear of falling in this sample of older women living in retirement communities. T'ai Chi exercises may be an age-appropriate and acceptable form of exercise for older women.
Taggart, Helen M..
"Effects of Tai /Chi Exercise on Balance, Functional Mobility, and Fear of Falling among Older Women."
Applied Nursing Research, 15 (4): 235-242.