BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR SERVICE TO THE ELDERLY

BALANCED LIVES

Falls represent the most frequent and serious type of accident in the over 65 age group,with more than 400,000 older people attending Emergency Departments every year as a result of accidental falls.Once they have fallen older people lose confidence in their mobility and become less independent, suffer from boredom and eventually become severly depressed.

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  • Older PeopleOlder People

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BASE TAI CHI CHUAN / MOBILITY PROGRAMME ‘BALANCED LIVES’ - A NEW APPROACH TO MOBILITY AND OLDER PEOPLE. BASE is a charity that focuses on the needs of elderly vulnerable people who do not, for whatever reason, have access to activities that enhance their health and mobility and feelings of self-esteem. The BASE Tai Chi Chuan programme:  Is designed for vulnerable elderly people who do not have good mobility and suffer from falls and who do not have access to activities or mobility programmes. The current participants are a mixture of people in long-term residential care and attendees at day centers.  Is delivered by a leading UK Tai Chi expert who has over 30 years experience of teaching elderly and chronically ill people as well as performing clinical research into the effects of Tai Chi Chuan practice on patient groups who have a variety of medical problems.  Is based on many years of practical experience. A redesign of the original Wu Chuan style of Tai Chi Chuan forms and consequent modifications was carefully carried out to ensure the best possible efficacy and safety when applied to elderly people.  The new design of the Tai Chi Chuan forms made it suitable for those with both chronic health problems and disabilities including dementia.  The easy style of the exercises actively encourages the involvement of family members, volunteers and staff and managers in the centres.  SISA (Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing at Sheffield University) a partner of BASE is undertaking an evaluation of the effectiveness and benefits of the programme.  The programme engages with all of the outcomes required by the Government in Older People’s services and welfare. These include:- Dignity and respect. Promotion of Independence Active citizenship. Freedom from discrimination Improvement of good physical and mental health. Making a difference to one’s life and well-being.

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