Chi Movements and the Elderly
How can Chi movements specifically benefit
The movements can be practised from standing or seated positions (some
movements can be adapted for bedridden patients) stimulating physical
and mental flexibility with a sense of graceful enjoyment. With regular
practice, greater strength and balance are evident thereby considerably
reducing serious injuries from falls. The gentle yet powerful nature of
the movements aids circulation particularly in the hands, feet and legs.
Practising the movements together creates a silent feeling of unity and
relaxed pleasure as this activity has done for many hundreds of years!
My oldest student is 97 years old! I facilitate regular Tai-chi sessions
for Residents and Staff Professional Development/ Stress Management in
‘Different clients have benefited including people with asthma who
have found the movements have helped their breathing. Clients with stiff
joints have had improved mobility.’
Eves Carkeek, Manager White House Care Home, Bodmin