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Tai Chi reduces falls, improves quality of life for dementia patients

Key clinical point: Weekly Tai Chi intervention improved quality of life and reduced falls among community-dwelling people with dementia.

Major finding: After 20 weeks, people with dementia randomized to weekly Tai Chi classes at home showed significant improvement in quality of life (mean difference 0.82) and a significantly lower rate of falls (mean difference 0.051) compared with controls who did not practice Tai Chi.

Study details: The data come from a randomized trial of 85 people with dementia living in the community with an informal caregiver.

Disclosures: The study was supported by a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Career Development Fellowship Award to lead author Dr. Nyman.

Citation:

Nyman SR et al. Clin Interv Aging. 2019 Nov 19. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S228931.