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Geriatr Nurs. 2014 Jan-Feb;35(1):9-19. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2013.10.013. Epub 2013 Oct 24.

Effects of Tai Chi on cognitive function in community-dwelling older adults: a review.

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1
College of Nursing, The University of Arizona, 1305 N. Martin, P.O. Box 210203, Tucson, AZ 85721-0203, USA. Electronic address: sallymiller@email.arizona.edu.
2
College of Nursing, The University of Arizona, 1305 N. Martin, P.O. Box 210203, Tucson, AZ 85721-0203, USA.

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.

KEYWORDS:

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

PMID:
24252560
DOI:
10.1016/j.gerinurse.2013.10.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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