Is Tai Chi Program Cost-Effective in Preventing Falls?

Categories: New Grant Award

Type: News

Date Published: 06/16/2014

In the United States, at least one in every three adults aged 65 and older falls each year, and fall-related injuries are a significant cause of premature mortality, disability, loss of independence, and early admission to nursing homes. Falls are also costly to health care systems. Although there are currently a number of evidence-based, exercise-related fall prevention programs recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, little information is available to inform decision makers, policy makers, and health planners about the costs of these programs.

Dr. Fuzhong Li and Co-Investigators Laura Akers, Ph.D., and Peter Harmer, Ph.D. are studying whether his fall prevention program Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance -- one of the most commonly recommended and adopted exercise-based programs in the U.S. -- can be both efficacious and cost effective. Results from this project will fill an important knowledge gap in the fall prevention field and satisfy an increasing community service need for efficacious, cost-effective, and community-based fall prevention programs. This five-year grant is funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).