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Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance

Helping Older Adults Improve Their Balance and Reduce Falls

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance was developed by a team of researchers at the Oregon Research Institute. The program uses eight forms that have been derived from the traditional 24-form Yang-style Tai Chi, and progresses from easy to difficult.

Suman demonstrating the Tai Chi "hold the ball" poseResearch has shown that people who complete the program are half as likely to fall and are less fearful about falling. Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance helps older adults improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of falling.

The program is intended for community-dwelling older adults aged 60 and older, who can walk easily with or without assistive devices. Participants should practice the program at least twice a week for 12 weeks, in a class taught by an authorized instructor.

Health Benefits

  • Improved physical health that leads to better functioning in daily activities
  • Improved balance, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility
  • Better mental health such as increased self-esteem and less social isolation

For more information about Tai Chi for seniors, see the following articles:

Tai Chi Classes

If you are interested in attending a class view the map of Senior Fitness Classes in Oregon / SW Washington (includes Tai Chi, Stepping On and Otago). The classes are subject to change, so please contact the facility for current information.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance Instructor Certification

To become a certified Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance instructor see contact information below. 

Contact Information

Lisa Marion, Oregon Research Institute, 1776 Millrace Dr, Eugene, OR 97403: