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Senior Health: Undeniable Benefits of Tai Chi

By Jonathan Wells, 9:00 am on

Tai chi is a non-impact exercise that involves a series of fluid, controlled movements that can be performed in any spacious, peaceful environment. In addition to being both meditative and cathartic, this activity provides a wealth of physiological benefits. For seniors, it is one of the best ways to gain improved physical fitness and overall health without subjecting the joints and bones to excess stress. Following are five undeniable benefits seniors can experience by practicing tai chi regularly, presented by Home Care Assistance of Douglas County.

1. Promotes Deep Breathing

Proper oxygen delivery has a very calming effect on the mind and body. Unfortunately, few people are trained to practice deep and mindful breathing. Tai chi is designed to make participants more breath-conscious and to inhale and exhale for optimal oxygen delivery.

2. Increases Stability and Balance

Tai chi is a very balance-focused exercise. It helps people improve their posture, use their knees, hips and core muscles effectively, and connect with the surfaces they are standing upon. It is great for seniors with stability issues and moderate loss of mobility.

3. Improves Focus

Posture and form are two critical aspects of tai chi. There is a correct way to perform each movement. Focusing on obtaining proper form while using detailed mental imagery to master various poses helps increase the mind/body connection so that planned and expected actions are physically easier to achieve.

4. Regulates Blood Pressure

The meditative aspect of tai chi is very calming. When combined with muscle-toning exercise, deep breathing and better oxygen delivery, this activity can naturally moderate blood pressure.

5. Elevates Moods and Boosts Energy

One of the greatest benefits seniors experience from Tai chi is a mood-boosting release of endorphins. Not only do these powerful chemicals alleviate negative emotions like anxiety and depression while promoting a sense of elation, but they can also help in alleviating minor forms of physical pain. For this and other reasons, tai chi is great for seniors with arthritis and for elderly adults with either Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, unlike strenuous cardiovascular exercise that can deplete energy stores, tai chi actually increases overall energy and vitality.

Learn more about senior health and wellbeing by reaching out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of specialized dementia and Alzheimer’s care in Douglas County and also offer flexible hourly care as well as 24/7 live-in care. All of our care services include the use of our propriety Balanced Care Method, which focuses on a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Call a friendly Care Manager at 720-441-3522 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation.