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Tai Chi Awareness Exercises For Seniors

Two senior African American women, doing tai chi exercises at the park.

Scientists from the University of South Florida in Tampa and Fudan University in Shanghai have found increase in brain volume and improvement on tests of memory and thinking in Chinese seniors who practiced Tai Chi three times a week, reported in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (June,2012). Members of the classes described the lessons as a positive experience with wide ranging benefits that both energized and relaxed them. They felt it had helped them build better flexibilitybalance and strength.  

There are four major tai chi family styles- the Chen, Yang, Wu , and Hao styles . The fifth major tai chi style is actually a group of styles known as Combination styles. These combine elements from different tai chi styles and may include movements from other martial arts forms. Each of the tai chi styles executes movements slightly differently than the others.


These exercises are useful in developing an awareness of energy and skill in working with energy. Because tai chi often involves shifting weight from one leg to the other, it can increase both balance and leg strength in older adults.

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