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Tai Chi Chuan

State of the Art in International Research

Editor(s): Hong Y. (Hong Kong) 
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Vol. 52, No. , 2008
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Hong Y (ed): Tai Chi Chuan. State of the Art in International Research. Med Sport Sci. Basel, Karger, 2008, vol 52, pp 155-165
(DOI:10.1159/000134296)

Tai Chi Exercise and the Improvement of Health and Well-Being in Older Adults

Yau M.
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, SAR, China

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Published online: 5/19/2008
Cover Date: 2008

Number of Print Pages: 11
Number of Figures: 0
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ISBN: 978-3-8055-8489-0 (Print)
eISBN: 978-3-8055-8490-6 (Online)

Abstract

Activity participation has a positive impact on both quantity and quality of life (QOL). Regular participations in physical, social, and cultural activities are associated with successful aging. There is considerable evidence that Tai Chi has positive health benefits; physical, psychosocial and therapeutic. Furthermore, Tai Chi does not only consist of a physical component, but also sociocultural, meditative components that are believed to contribute to overall well-being. This chapter describes the benefits of Tai Chi exercise for the older adults, particularly in terms of the psychosocial aspect. The perceived meanings, associated values and well-being, as well as the impact on QOL, of Tai Chi practice among the older adults in Hong Kong are also discussed. Tai Chi exercise is chosen by the elderly participants for its gentle and soft movements. Besides the physical aspect, the benefits they describe include lifestyle issues, as well as psychological and social benefits. Evidence points out that the improvements in physical and mental health through the practice of Tai Chi among the older adults are related to their perceived level of QOL. Findings from numerous studies support the belief that the practice of Tai Chi has multiple benefits to practitioners that a


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Published online: 5/19/2008
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Number of Print Pages: 11
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Number of Tables: 0

ISBN: 978-3-8055-8489-0 (Print)
eISBN: 978-3-8055-8490-6 (Online)


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