Tai Chi for Enhancing Balance, Walking, & Memory in Parkinson's Disease

Brigham and Women's Hospital, in collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, is exploring the effects of Tai Chi exercise on balance, walking, and memory in individuals with early stage Parkinson's disease.

Tai Chi is a gentle, meditative exercise that involves simple body movements and focused breathing to calm, strengthen, and focus the body and mind.

Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to one of two groups.

  • Group 1 will take part in a 6-month Tai Chi training program that will meet twice a week at the BWH Ambulatory Care Center at 850 Boylston Street in Chestnut Hill.
  • Group 2 will continue with usual medical care and will be offered a free 3-month course of Tai Chi at the end of the study.

All participants will come to the Motion Analysis Lab at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital 3 times over the course of the 6 month period. During the visits we will ask you questions about your health and measure your walking, balance, and memory. You may earn up to $250 for completing the study.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Are between the ages of 40-70
  • Have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease within the last 5 years
  • Are able to walk without assistance
  • Have limited or no prior Tai Chi experience

If you are interested in participating or would like to learn more about it, please contact Kamila Osypiuk at 617-525-8738 or kosypiuk@partners.org.