Among adults 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths.
33% of Americans, age 65 or older and 50% age 80 or older, have at least one serious fall each year.
In 2005, 15,800 persons, or about 37 persons a day, aged 65 and older died from falls; 1.8 million older Americans were treated in emergency rooms for their injuries, and 433,000 were hospitalized.
Half of those who survive a fall never return to their prior level of mobility or independence.
Every year, falls among older people cost the nation more than $20.2 billion in direct medical costs. By 2020, the total annual cost of these injuries is expected to reach $54.9 billion.
Prevention is the key and Tai Chi is the best, evidence-based fall prevention program. In 1996, Emory University did a controlled study called FICSIT which showed the Tai Chi group had a 47.5% lower rate of falls.
OHAA has developed a model program over the last ten year especially for seniors. We have trademark protection for this model that we call "Senior Friendly Tai Chi™ & Senior Safe Tai Chi™".
Help us reach more seniors.