UAMS Oaklawn Center on Aging to Offer Tai Chi for Fall Prevention

By Ben Boulden

Certified tai chi instructors Carolyn Minson and Kathy Packard will lead the classes. For more information visit or call 501-623-0020.

Tai Chi for Fall Prevention is a program developed by Dr. Paul Lam for the Arthritis Foundation. The program focuses on the principles of tai chi:

  • Movement — controlling movement for improving balance, coordination and strength
  • Body — good posture improves the quality of movements and enhances balance
  • Internal — when you mind is in balance it enhances the ability to focus on your environment and prevent falls

Participants will learn tai chi breathing for relaxation, how to transfer weight and maintain balance, and how to be alert to their environment to prevent falls.  Participants can learn this program from a seated or standing position.

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