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University of Arizona -College of Nursing - Tai Chi Exercise for Stroke Survivors Study

About the Study:

 

Current Status
We have reached our goal and are no longer recruiting participants for this study

What is Tai Chi?
Tai ChiTai Chi is a low-impact moderate intensity Eastern form of exercise, and can safely be performed by persons with a chronic disease or disability.  Tai Chi is suited for persons of all ages, regardless of previous exercise experience.

Improvements in balance, strength, flexibility, aerobic endurance and better quality of life have been reported in previous research studying the effects of Tai Chi exercise.

Yang style 24-posture short-form of Tai Chi, developed by the late Dr. Pi-Lu Fei, O.M.D.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmtmVITG--8

 

SilverSneakers

What is SilverSneakers®?
SilverSneakers® is a national fitness program for Medicare eligible older adults. SilverSneakers® I classes focus on muscular strength and range of movement exercises.

To learn more visit: http://www.silversneakers.com/Home.aspx

View a video of a SilverSneakers® class

 

What is Usual Care?

Study participants will receive weekly phone calls and written materials with recommendations for participating in community-based physical activity in Tucson, provided at no charge.

Usual Care       Usual Care

Benefits
You will receive 3 months of Tai Chi instruction from a Tai Chi master, 3 months of SilverSneakers® classes from a certified instructor, OR weekly phone calls and written materials with recommendations for participating in community-based physical activity in Tucson, provided at no charge.

Your personal results will be provided and explained to you.

At the conclusion of the study, the overall findings will be explained to you at a group presentation.

Costs
There are no costs to you for participating in this study.

Procedures
Have a physical functioning evaluation for your balance, strength, walking speed and aerobic endurance; at the beginning of the study, after the study intervention, and at a follow-up evaluation.

Complete a health questionnaire at the beginning of the study, after the study intervention, and at a follow-up evaluation.

  • Attend the Tai Chi exercise class 3 times a week for 12 weeks, OR
  • Attend the SilverSneakers® class 3 times a week for 12 weeks, OR
  • Receive weekly phone calls and written materials with recommendations for participating in community-based physical activity in Tucson.

For more information or to learn more, please contact:

Dr. Ruth Taylor-Piliae
1305 N. Martin
P.O. Box 210203
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 626-4881
rtaylor@nursing.arizona.edu

OR

Tai Chi Research Office
1305 N. Martin
P.O. Box 210203
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 621-7081

 

 



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