Table 1

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion criteria

- 70 years and older

- living at home

- at least one self-reported fall accident in the preceding year or at least two of the following self-reported risk factors for falling: disturbed balance, mobility problems, dizziness or the use of benzodiazepines or diuretics

Exclusion criteria

- progressive disorders:

• neurological disorders (e.g. Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, grand stroke with rest symptoms, polyneuropathy)

• metastatic/terminal cancer or undergoing a treatment for cancer

- unable to undergo the intervention (e.g. confined to bed, restricted to a wheelchair, unable to walk for eight meters without help, unable to reach the location). These items are stated by the GP after inclusion criteria are checked by phone.

- unable to fill in a Dutch questionnaire

- not available for measurements or intervention or knowing in advance to miss eighty percent of the lessons

- received Tai Chi Chuan in the preceding year

Zeeuwe et al. BMC Geriatrics 2006 6:6   doi:10.1186/1471-2318-6-6

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