In-home Caregivers near Oceanside: Mental Benefits of Tai Chi

Tai Chi In Home Caregiver Near San DiegoThe ancient exercise form of Tai Chi has been a staple of Chinese culture for many centuries. People of all ages, but particularly the elderly, find it a great way to relax and focus the mind and body amidst the fast pace of life. Now, researchers are finding that it does more than just provide a short-term respite from stress: it can also help those at risk fight against the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Ancient Wisdom

Those who know most about Tai Chi are not surprised to find out that it has valuable long term benefits. But the average in-home caregiver near Oceanside or elsewhere, who is unfamiliar with the activity, may be fascinated at the results of a recent study that sought to find out just how helpful it can be. Over the course of nearly ten months, scientists observed 120 elderly subjects in Shanghai, China to see how those that regularly practiced Tai Chi differed from those that did not.

Solid Results

Oceanside in-home caregivers as well as those in other cities would do well to advise some clients to take up Tai Chi, based on the study’s positive results. Instead of the normal brain shrinkage that occurs in people over the age of 60, the researchers found that the brains of Tai Chi enthusiasts actually grew larger. This is an indication of a stronger brain, more mental acuity, and better defense against decay.

What it Means For In-home Caregivers in San Diego County

When caregivers can encourage elderly clients to take up Tai Chi—or even teach it to them—they may be doing them a great service. As a very low impact exercise, it is relaxed enough for even seniors with limited mobility, and its mental benefits are as pronounced as those of more strenuous exercise forms. Perhaps seniors in San Diego County will soon discover what the Chinese have known for centuries: Tai Chi is very good for your brain.

Originally posted 2012-07-02 10:30:18.

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About Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.