Summary of the

Dr Paul Lam
This is the largest fall prevention study in the world has found Tai Chi significantly reduced the number of falls in older people."

Summary of the “Fall Prevention Study in the Community” by Sydney Central Area Health Promotion Unit
Based on the Spring 2005 “Fall Prevention Newsletter” by Sydney South West Area Health Service. tai chi for arthritis instructors' training workshop in Zurich, Switzerland, 2005

This is the largest fall prevention study in the world involving approximately 700 people. After 16 weeks of doing a Tai Chi program (80% of the participants did the Tai Chi for Arthritis program – added by Dr Lam), “The results showed that Tai Chi significantly reduced the number of falls by almost 35%. Tai Chi also significantly reduced the risk of multiple falls by approximately 70%.” The study concludes: “Compared with other falls prevention interventions the trial showed that Tai Chi is one of the most effective ways of preventing falls in older people.”

Congratulations to the Central Area Health Promotion Unit! This is one of the most effective works anyone can do for health promotion. And it adds to the mounting evidence of the many tai chi’s health benefits.

If you wish to congratulate them or find out more information please write to: Health Promotion Service, Division of Population Health. Level 9 (North) KGV Building, Missenden Road, Camperdown NSW 2050 Australia.

NB: For the other published articles about how Tai Chi for Arthritis prevents falls:

“The Effects of Sun-Style Tai Chi Exercise on Physical Fitness and Fall Prevention in Fall-Prone Adults”
Published in the journal of Advanced Nursing 51(2), 150-157
by Dr Choi J.H., Moon J.S. and Song R. (2005)

Effects of tai chi exercise on pain, balance, muscle strength, and physical functioning in older women with osteoarthritis: A randomized clinical trial”
Published by the Journal of Rheumatology Sept 2004

by Rhayun Song, Eun-Ok Lee, Paul Lam, Sang-Cheol Bae