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Simplified tai-chi benefits the elderly in long-term care

Providing a simplified tai-chi exercise program (STEP) in long-term care facilities can promote physical health in older adults.

That’s the conclusion from a study in Taiwan.
In two veteran homes, 51 older men were recruited to participate in a six-month study. All of the participants were alert and able to walk without assistance. None had dementia.

The STEP consisted of one 50-minute session three times a week for six months.

At the end of the study the participants had a significant drop in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, increased hand-grip strength, and better lower body flexibility.

A brief description of a STEP is provided here.

1/16/07 20:46 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.