Reduce falls and Save Lives

The methods used in our Balanced Lives programme lead to a significant reduction in falls by older people and can actually save lives, new research suggests.

Gary Zhang, writing in the i Newspaper reports that training in the art of making calm, flowing movements while breathing deeply has been found to make older people 40 per cent less likely to experience falls.

A new study, published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that tai chi practice has proved to be highly effective in fall prevention. This news is significant as falls are second only to road traffic accidents as a cause of accidental injury deaths worldwide.

Our Balanced Lives programme focuses on strength, mobility and flexibility. It’s designed to produce results over a number of weeks. The study suggests that three to six months of light weekly training is needed to prevent falls.

Falls are surprisingly common: a third of adults over 65 will experience at least one fall a year. For falls that cause actual injuries, the benefits are even higher with a recorded improvement of 50 per cent in older adults.

The study by Dr Lomas-Vega, is published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society