What Older Adults Need

According to an annual United States of Aging Poll, older adults and professionals who offer them services have divergent perceptions of what older adults need. The professionals seemed to be more concerned that older adults could not afford health care costs (43% versus 3%). They were also concerned that older … Continue reading

What is Tai Chi?

The full name for Tai Chi is Tau Chi Chuan. Tai means “great” or “large” and Chi means “biggest” or “most ultimate.” The two words combined translate into “the Supreme Ultimate.” Chuan means “fist” or “boxing” and so Tai Chi Chuan is translated into the “Supreme Ultimate Fist.” Tai Chi … Continue reading

Pilot Study – Tai Chi after a Heart Attack

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. After a heart attack, many patients’ hearts do not function at their peak capacity. Specifically, they present with decreased peak oxygen capacity. A pilot study examined patients’ functional capacity after having a heart attack and practicing Tai … Continue reading

Sitting Tai Chi for Spinal Cord Injuries

You probably don’t realize how much muscle strength and balance control is necessary to remain seated for extended periods of time. This is even more important for people who are confined to wheelchairs or have conditions that prevent them from standing. People who have spinal cord injuries often have to … Continue reading