I teach a lot of Tai chi to elderly people, and the most common reason people come to tai chi is to improve their balance.

As people get older, falling over becomes more of an issue and the consequences of falling also increase.

A lot of elderly people also have osteoporosis, or decreased bone density, and so the chances of broken bones and being hospitalised also increases.

30% of people over 65 will fall once a year and for those over 80 this rises to 50%. Over the next 17 years there will be 16 million people aged over 65 in the UK. (Royal College of Nursing)

So we can see that preventing falls and the accompanying strain on peoples lives and the NHS is a great idea.

In 2014 Harvard Medical School published a study that found 12 weeks of tai chi improved peoples balance, strength and stability. You can read about it here.

This is nothing new to me. I have seen Tai chi improve peoples balance countless times over the last 10 years.

It does take time, and practice, but the rewards are well worth the effort.

I teach tai chi at age concern in Hassocks and also now at the 60 plus club at Seaford.

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