Effects of Tai Chi on Frailty in Elderly Adults
The aim of this study is determine the effects of Tai Chi exercise, as compared to an education-based control intervention, on cardiovascular and balance system function in older people at risk of developing frailty. We hypothesize that long-term Tai Chi training will improve specific nonlinear properties associated of cardiovascular and balance dynamics in this population.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||The Effects of Tai Chi on the Nonlinear Dynamics of Frailty in Elderly Adults|
- Frailty Index [ Time Frame: post-intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Frailty is defined as the combination of unintentional weight loss, exhaustion, low physical activity, slow walking speed, and muscular weakness.
|Study Start Date:||September 2010|
|Study Completion Date:||September 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||September 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|Experimental: Tai Chi group||
Other: Tai Chi
The Tai Chi intervention will consist of a 12 week, instructor-led, group-based Tai Chi training program (two, one-hour sessions per week).
|Active Comparator: Educational Control group||
The Education-Control intervention consists of a 12 week, instructor-led attention control program consisting of health education and mind-body breathing exercises (two, one-hour sessions per week)
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01126723
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Hebrew Rehabilitation Center|
|Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States, 02131|
|Principal Investigator:||Lewis Lipsitz, MD||Hebrew Rehabilitation Center|