Geriatric SIG: Tai Chi: Elements and Evidence for Clinical Application in Physical Therapy

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Hospital for Special Care - Research and Education Conference Room
370 Osgood Avenue
New Britain, CT

A participatory lecture and lab experience to introduce physical therapists to the evidence and elements of Tai Chi. Learn basic postures, stances and stepping sequences that can be incorporated into physical therapy treatment to improve balance, gait and reduce fall risk.


A) Define Tai Chi: a brief review of the history of Tai Chi and how it is evolving
B) Review the current literature: what is the evidence for Tai Chi in reducing fall risk, fall prevention, health and wellness.
C) Learn about the elements of Tai Chi and how these elements can be incorporated into current clinical approaches to balance, gait and fall risk reduction in older adults.
D) Learn the basic stances and stepping that can be immediately applied in balance and gait training in patients, particularly with Parkinson’s disease.
Presented by: Dorothy Villano, PT, DPT, Board Certified Geriatric Specialist

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