According to Auckland University of Technology research, the quality of life of aged care residents is enhanced through implementing modified tai chi and yoga programs.

The research, conducted in a 108-bed aged care facility in Newcastle, NSW, involved 16 residents aged 66 to 92, three aged care staff and half-hour tai chi and yoga classes twice a week for 14 weeks. The was designed by tai chi and yoga trainers, researchers in senior health and general nursing and aged care staff to ensure its safety and that it suited frail residents and their individual abilities

Prior to the research, the aged care facility had offered other exercises to residents including seated group physical activities and access to a gym, however most felt they were only able to participate to some extent due to fears of falling and exhaustion, she said.

Lead researcher Dr Padmapriya Saravanakumar told Australian Ageing Agenda, that the residents found the activities within the program are appropriate, feasible and holistic for both the body and mind.

Dr Saravanakumar, continued that the feedback from residents involved in the study feedback is that they found the program slow and mindful, gentle but rewarding and calming and relaxing.

Access the paper, Tai chi and yoga in residential aged are: Perspectives of participants: A qualitative study here.

You can also learn more by reading the full article on the Australian Ageing Agenda website