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Tai chi is a good way to reduce falls

Gov. Maggie Hassan has proclaimed that Sept. 22 is Fall Prevention Awareness Day. Her proclamation states that more than 26,000 New Hampshire adults 65 and older reported an injury from a fall. Hassan recognizes that falls are largely a preventable community health problem that cost New Hampshire over $105.6 million annually.

Tai Chi is recommended by the governor as a proven, evidence-based program to reduce falls. Her proclamation encourages all citizens to seek out strategies to prevent falls.

In Concord, there are Tai Chi programs at Horseshoe Pond Senior Resource Center, the Center for Health Promotions and through the Concord Adult Education Program. Courses are available mornings, noon and night. Durations vary from four weeks to ongoing programs.

Oriental Healing Arts Association has a Senior Safe, Senior Friendly program that presents several modified Tai Chi forms that are gentle, simple and health oriented. This Yang-style form is available in the area. A student stated: “By moving slowly and gracefully, I’ve become more centered, more thoughtful and safer.”

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