Participants learn eight Tai Ji Quan forms, such as “Part the Wild Horse’s Mane” and “Wave Hands Like Clouds.” The movements are done while seated or standing and can be adapted for participants unable to stand.
What is it?
- Twelve-week class, twice a week for one hour
- Reduces fall risk by 55 percent
- Developed by Fuzhong Li, PhD, Oregon Research Institute
- Currently, classes are available in English, Laotian, Korean, Vietnamese, Hmong, Khmer and Spanish
Who should attend?
Older adults who:
- Are concerned about falls jeopardizing their independence
- Have had a fall in the past
- Restrict their physical activities due to concerns about falling
What do participants say?
- “The class helped me use muscles I have not used in a while. Now I can stretch my arms up very high.”
- “I was walking with a cane for a couple of years. After I joined the class I am able to walk without a cane.”
- “This exercise program helped me reduce emotional stress and improve physical movement.”
For more information
- Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance brochure (pdf)
- Visit the Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance website.
- The research evidence supporting Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance.
To partner with MAAA in offering Tai Ji Quan in the seven-county metro area, or to become a trained leader, contact Dave Fink.