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September 23, 2016 at 10:01am
Members of JABA’s Mary William Community Senior Center start the week with a Monday Tai Chi class. Turns out experts agree its a great way to prevent falls. That’s what we found out when our friends at the Senior Center hosted a fall prevention workshop yesterday for Nation Fall Prevention Day.
Over 50 people attended the event at the Senior Center, including members of the Mary Williams Center.
“Tai Chi is really one of those things that that when you look at what can we do to help people who might have balance issues, weakness, or mobility issues Tai Chi is really that thing that's really shown out,” said David Weiss, a surgeon at UVA, told NBC29.
"One third of adults over the age of 65 falls," Diamond Walton, the injury prevention coordinator for the UVA Trauma Program, told CBS19.
Walton says that these injuries are all preventable. "Once a person falls down, they aren't able to recoup that ability they had before they fell. Sometimes they get bedridden, they're not as active, and then their health decreases from there," says Walton.
The event was organized by UVA trauma and orthopedic doctors, the Charlottesville Fire Department, Charlottesville Parks and Recreation, the Senior Center, and the Jefferson Area Board for Aging.
NBC29 story: http://www.nbc29.com/story/33159902/tai-chi-demonstrated-at-senior-center-on-national-fall-prevention-day