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Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance Home Study Materials

Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance Instructor Guide and DVD

tai chi moving for better balance instructor guide and dvdNEW: Instructor guidebook with Parkinson’s protocol & DVD

The  Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance Instructor’s Guide and DVD provide the detailed information you need to plan a program (including a protocol for Parkinson’s) and weekly classes:

  • How to plan a weeks class and practice schedule, including a weekly planner (workbook)
  • Detailed Movement Practice:  extensive photo and written instructions, with supporting video

This Tai Chi Program represents the results of years of scientific research and community evaluations. It’s focus is on preventing falls through regular practice. Tai Chi, when practiced regularly, will improve one’s balance and reduce the likelihood of falling. (has been shown to reduce the risk of falling by as much as 55%).

The Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance Instructor Guide and DVD is the result of years of research, and leads instructors through planning and implementation of Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance classes, and includes the entire Student Guide for planning your learning program for the movements.

There are 8 single forms in the program, all of which are derived from the traditional, well-known, 24-Form Yang Style Tai Chi but tailored to community adults who wish to improve balance and mobility, and consequently, reduce the risk of falling.

The eight single forms are arranged in a progression from easy to more difficult. Each of these forms can be performed and practiced repeatedly as a single movement or in combination as part of a routine.

All forms adhere to the fundamental principles of traditional Tai Chi that involve weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing stances, correct postural body alignment, and coordinated movements performed in a slow,continuous, circular, and flowing manner.

Performance of the forms is closely coordinated with natural breathing, that is,each single movement is paired with the natural inhale and exhale breathing cycle.

Get your ” Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance” Therapeutic Tai Chi Fall Prevention Program planning started now using the  The Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance Instructor Guide and DVD.  Order Today!

Ancient Healing: Cutting Edge Care

Cross Country Education and Tai Chi Moving for Better BalanceLaddie Sacharko and Starfarm Tai Chi & Qigong Search Center are very pleased to announce a new 6 CCE Live Seminar series with Cross Country Education!

Use an Ancient Healing Technique to Provide Cutting Edge Care

Features CDC’s Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance.

PTCHIHAB-0916-1  Registration/Information

In this lab–intensive seminar, Master Trainer Laddie Sacharko shows you the clear distinctions between the Tai Chi of the scientific community and that which is found in popular culture. You will explore the spectrum of outcome categories, and then go in–depth with an analysis of one successfully demonstrated injury (fall) prevention protocol. Then you are invited to practice and demonstrate (teach) the simple exercises of CDC’s Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance. Mr. Sacharko prepares you to assess the correctness of the exercises, to plan a one on one intervention or small group activity, and to determine the appropriateness of a community based Tai Chi class or program. You will be ready to offer this technique to persons with impaired abilities and to make the necessary modifications to make this Tai Chi a powerful, personal self–healing moving meditation.  Learn the CDC’s Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance.

This Course is scheduled for:

Who Should Attend?

•Physical Therapists

•Physical Therapist Assistants

•Athletic Trainers

•Occupational Therapists

•Occupational Therapy Assistants

•Exercise Physiologists

•Personal Trainers

•Nursing Home Administrators

•Activity Professionals


Evidence Based Mind-Body Practices and the Physical Therapist

Extending the Continuum of Care with Tai Chi & Qigong  Two Options for Credit

Evidence based prevention, wellness, and therapy.

In this one day physical therapy continuing education course, participants will learn the basic set of evidence based Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance movements, a teaching protocol, and a method for planning/analyzing fidelity of program implementation.

8 Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Continuing Competence Credits

American Tai Chi & Qigong Association . 7 CEU

NEW ! Two day (12 hours) physical therapy continuing education course. Gain knowledge and skills needed to Analyze community based Mind-Body programs, determine effects on planned or on-going treatment, discuss and document instructions to client, influence client preference. On day 1, participants will learn the basic set of evidence based Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance movements, a teaching protocol, and a method for planning/analyzing fidelity of program implementation. On day 2, participants learn and practice age old health improving/health maintenance practices (Qigong) with instructor, analyze these practices using a standardized framework, and discuss & document analysis and patient instructions.

12 Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Continuing Competence Credits

Check back soon for fall dates, or contact us to schedule an in-house presentation at your practice.


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Evidence Based Mind-Body Practices and the Physical Therapist

Corporate, Community, and Wellness Classes

starfarmtaiji and qigong tai chi classes in ct

” Not Merely a Martial Art”

Corporate/company wellness tai chi & qigong classes, community recreation tai chi classes, and tai chi classes for senior centers, as well as semi-private and private tai chi classes in CT are available and affordable from Starfarm Tai Chi & Qigong Search Center’s chief instructor Laddie Sacharko and his teaching assistants. Tai Chi Classes in CT can be tailored for Parkinson’s Disease, fibromyalgia and arthritis, diabetes, and coronary rehab. Starfarm can deliver a Tai Chi program which is an evidence based fall prevention activity, and trains Tai Chi practice leaders and Tai Chi instructors.

Contact: 860 455 0353

New Guidelines for Preventing Falls in the Elderly Include: Start Tai Chi, Cut-Back on Meds

New York, New York, January 13, 2011 — In the first update of the American Geriatrics Society and the British Geriatric Society’s guidelines on preventing falls in older persons since 2001, they now recommend that all interventions for preventing falls should include an exercise component and that a number of new assessments should be used, including; feet and footwear, fear of falling, and ability to carry out daily living activities.  The guidelines, a summary of which are published today in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, also state that fall screening and prevention should be a part of all healthcare practices for older adults.

The guidelines were compiled by a panel comprising members from the previous panels and new members with substantial knowledge, experience, and publications in fall prevention and care of older patients, and are based on a systematic review of the randomized controlled trials of fall prevention interventions.  The literature search included meta-analyses, systematic literature reviews, randomized controlled trials, controlled before-and-after studies, and cohort studies published between May 2001 and April 2008.  The panel also reviewed the RCTs published between April 2008 and July 2009 and concluded that the additional evidence did not change the ranking of the evidence or the guideline recommendations.

“Falls are one of the most common health problems experienced by older adults and are a common cause of losing functional independence,” said Dr. Mary Tinetti of Yale University School of Medicine, and one of the panel chairs. “Given their frequency and consequences, falls are as serious a health problem for older persons as heart attacks and strokes.”

The guidelines now state that doctors and other health professionals should determine whether their older patients are at risk of falling by asking if they have fallen recently or if they are unsteady walking. If so, health providers should look for the presence of known problems such as muscle weakness, poor balance or blood pressure that drops too much on standing. If they have these problems, then older adults should receive the interventions described in the guidelines, but if there is no evidence of gait problems or recurrent falls, they do not require a risk assessment.

The new recommendations for interventions focus on:

  • Multifactorial interventions which include exercise for balance, gait and strength training, such as Tai Chi or physical therapy
  • Environmental adaptation to reduce fall risk factors in the home and in daily activities
  • Cataract surgery where needed, but they recommend against vision intervention as an individual approach
  • Medication reduction, regardless of the number of medications prescribed (in 2001 this was only recommended for those on at least four) with particular attention to medications that affect the brain such as sleeping medications and antidepressants
  • Focus on raising low blood pressure and managing heart rate and rhythm abnormalities

“We found that the most effective trials for preventing falls in older people looked at multiple interventions rather than just one; previous studies have indicated that it is more effective to focus on one intervention, but because we looked at not only what recommendations were given, but also which carried out, we’re confident that multifactorial interventions is the best course of action,” said Tinetti.

“There is emerging evidence that the rate of serious fall injuries, such as hip fractures, is decreasing modestly in areas in which fall prevention is integrated into clinical practice.  By making fall prevention part of the clinical care of older adults this trend can continue.”


A summary of the updated AGS/BGS Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention of Falls in the Older Persons is published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Media wishing to receive a PDF of this article may contact [email protected]

Full citation: Summary of the Updated AGS/BGS Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention of Falls in Older Persons Developed by the Panel on Prevention of Falls in Older Persons, American Geriatrics Society and British Geriatrics Society. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2010; DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.03234.x

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