This is a fantastic approach to introducing older people to the physical and mental benefits of increasingly accepted Tai Chi as an effective method of reducing falls and the trainers utilise a “Tai Chi for Healthy Aging” curriculum, modeled after research from the Oregon Research Institute and developed by Dr. Fuzhong Li using his CDC-approved method. A state sponsored programme with involvement of key stakeholder organisations including Massachusetts Falls Prevention Coalition, BayPath Elder Services, Franklin County Home Care, the Duxbury Senior Center, and several local councils on aging shows that these kinds of initiatives are very achievable.
"The unique BTC “Tai Chi for Healthy Aging” curriculum consists of simplified exercises that improve balance by facilitating better body awareness, leg strength, coordination, and whole-body relaxation. Newly trained instructors are provided with support in their target communities through an online training platform where they can ask questions, download lesson plans, and review exercises on video."
Here is a short video of Dr. Li training instructors in the Tai Chi for Healthy Aging curriculum: