Disseminate a Community-based Tai Chi Fall Prevention Program
June 2008 - Previous
research findings have demonstrated that Tai Chi exercise can improve balance
and decrease falls among older adults. However, it is not clear whether the
general community can readily implement or adopt this type of training.
CDC funded a
researcher, Dr. Fuzhen Li, at Oregon Research Institute in October 2005 for
three years to translate his evidence-based Tai Chi intervention into a
user-friendly resource package for communities to be used with adults 60 years
and older who are physically mobile, with or without assistive devices.
A 12-week Tai Chi
program for adults aged 60 and over, called Moving for Better Balance, was developed and has been implemented
in six local senior centers (140 people). The program consists of one-hour classes
given twice a week. Dr. Li and his colleagues have conducted a 2-week pilot evaluation and it showed
that the program implementation was feasible and evidenced good class
attendance, high participant satisfaction, and interest in continuing Tai Chi
Based on feedback
from senior service providers and seniors in the program, a user-friendly
program package is being developed that includes instructor's manual,
instructor supplements, and participants' course book.
of this translation and dissemination research will provide an effective,
evidence-based fall prevention package for older adults that can be implemented
in a community setting. This research will also provide important public health
information about the most effective dissemination strategies for program
reach, adoption, feasibility, and acceptability.