Participating in tai chi (TC) leads to significant improvements in physical and mental health among older adults with arthritis, according to a Canadian cohort study. A 16-week intervention was conducted among 102 older adults from low-income neighbourhoods with self-reported arthritis. Participants were encouraged to attend two moderate-intensity TC sessions per week for a total of 120 minutes. Functional fitness assessment results indicated that grip strength, 30-second arm curl, timed up-and-go and 30-second chair stand improved significantly from baseline to 16 weeks. Physical functioning, general health, vitality, and mental health also improved significantly over the intervention period. These improvements in physical health and physical function scores were judged to be clinically meaningful. (Effectiveness of a Tai Chi Intervention for Improving Functional Fitness and General Health Among Ethnically Diverse Older Adults With Self-Reported Arthritis Living in Low-Income Neighborhoods: A Cohort Study. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2014 Apr 23. [Epub ahead of print]).
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