Effects of Tai Chi on cognitive function in community-dwelling older adults

A review

Sally M. Miller, Ruth E Taylor-Piliae

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Abstract

As the population of the United States ages, activities to maintain or improve cognitive function will become increasingly important to preserve functional ability, independence and health-related quality of life. This article is a review of recent research on Tai Chi and cognitive function in community-dwelling older adults. Of the 12 studies reviewed, 10 reported improvement in measures of executive function, language, learning, and/or memory. Several design features make comparisons across studies challenging. As a moderate-intensity, low-impact form of exercise, Tai Chi is appropriate for older adults and seems to offer positive cognitive benefits. Recommendations for future research are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-19
Number of pages11
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

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Keywords

  • Cognitive function
  • Mind-body exercise
  • Older adults
  • Tai Chi

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  • Gerontology
  • Medicine(all)

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Effects of Tai Chi on cognitive function in community-dwelling older adults : A review. / Miller, Sally M.; Taylor-Piliae, Ruth E.

In: Geriatric Nursing, Vol. 35, No. 1, 01.2014, p. 9-19.

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