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Tai Chi 'prevents falls in older people'

Tai Chi 'prevents falls in older people'
17th January 2011

Practising Tai Chi and taking fewer medications can prevent falls among older people, according to advice published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society.

This advice is included in new guidance for doctors, according to Age UK.

It is said that approximately 14,000 people die each year as a result of falling with one in three over-65s and one in two over-80s experiencing a fall at least once a year.

Age UK's Andrew Harrop said that research shows that programmes for improving strength and balance could cut the risk of falls by up to 55 per cent.

"Currently there are large variations in the quality of falls-prevention services provided across the UK, and it is crucial that these guidelines are put into practice to ensure that future falls are prevented," he added.

This comes after a report from the Patients Association said that the government should do more to help those with chronic pain.

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