Mind Body Practices for Age-Related Conditions

The US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Health NIH lists four tips that may be of interest to geriatric patient populations. In particular, older adults are turning to integrative providers who are more likely to promote health and well-being. Familiarizing yourself with yoga, tai chi and/or qi gong may be beneficial to aid fitness goals as well as relaxation. Conditions which may be helped include, but are not limited to: osteoarthritis, menopausal symptoms, sleep problems and shingles. These ‘active’ practice suggestions are generally considered safe for most healthy adults and can be modified with minimal effort when patient need requires. In addition, adding ‘active’ home plans often shows greater patient improvement, than ‘passive’ care alone.