Every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the ER for a fall, resulting in 2.8 million injuries, according to the National Council on Aging. Twenty to 30 percent of these patients will suffer severe injuries, the most common being traumatic brain injuries. And, while we tend to think of falling as a problem for only the elderly, research shows balance can decline as early as 50.
Can we really afford 1,000,000 Tai Chi Instructors? According to the CDC, we spend more than $34 billion in direct medical costs each year to treat older adults who have fallen. Those costs are expected to increase exponentially as the baby boomers age.