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Falls are a leading cause of injury and traumatic death amongst older adults. As health declines, older adults may also be burdened by high stress. A priest community partnered with a school of nursing to address challenges associated with aging in place, including fall risk and stress, through health promotion practices. The 8-week intervention examined the effect of tailored Tai Chi programming on fall risk and stress. Baseline timed up and go and stress scores were compared to postintervention scores; weekly Tai Chi exercise resulted in a statistically significant reduction in fall risk scores. Findings from this intervention may inform the nurse practitioner’s care of individuals looking for holistic cost-effective interventions to reduce fall risk.

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Tai Chi, Fall risk, Stress, Wellness, Older adults, Priests


Health promotion--Study and teaching; Tai chi--Study and teaching; Tai chi for older people; Physical fitness for older people

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NRS 662 - DNP Scholarly Project III

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Doctoral Project