The New York Times regularly has good coverage on ageing. Recently I was sent a very interesting article entitled “Tai Chi eases depression in elderly”, by someone who knows it is a regular early morning pastime of mine.
The report cited research at the University of California. After 10 weeks of Tai Chi a group of 70 year olds who had previously suffered from depression, made a marked improvement. The outcomes were dramatic – 94% improved significantly in terms of physical function and cognitive tests.
Other studies have shown Tai Chi can also relieve stress and anxiety and improve sleep quality.
Two thirds of older people with depression don’t respond to initial drug therapy. Tai Chi is a simple and easy to do alternative to more and more drugs. Why don’t doctors prescribe it on the NHS?
So no excuses Pilly Galore, get out in the garden and get started on some gentle exercise. I’ll be out there too !
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