Tele-Tai Chi for Healthy Aging

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
1
Effectiveness
1
Safety
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA
Healthy Aging
Tele-Tai Chi - Device
Eligibility
18+
All Sexes
Eligible conditions
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Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether a Tai Chi program can be delivered remotely and is feasible for older adults.

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Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

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Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Tele-Tai Chi will improve 3 primary outcomes and 17 other outcomes in patients with Healthy Aging. Measurement will happen over the course of Baseline and end of intervention (approximately 12 weeks).

Week 12
Changes from baseline in Mini-Balance Evaluation Systems Test (MiniBEST)
Changes from baseline in activity level
Week 12
Changes from baseline in Activities-specific Balance Confidence (ABC) scores
Changes from baseline in Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) 29 scores
Changes from baseline in Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE)
Changes from baseline in Self-Efficacy Exercise (SEE) questionnaire
Changes from baseline in Sit-to-Stand performance
Changes from baseline in Timed-Up-and-Go
Changes from baseline in Timed-Up-and-Go dual task
Changes from baseline in Trail Making Test A/B scores
Changes from baseline in balance on both legs with feet close to each other
Changes from baseline in balance on both legs with feet shoulder-width apart
Changes from baseline in normalized-to-height stride length
Changes from baseline in single leg stance
Changes from baseline in stride time variability
Week 12
Changes from baseline in Tai Chi proficiency scores
Post-intervention (approximately 12 weeks)
Ease of use of the Tele-Tai Chi platform (qualitative interview)
Protocol adherence
System Usability Scale
Month 16
Retention

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

1 of 3

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Trial Design

1 Treatment Group

Tele-Tai Chi
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Experimental Treatment

This trial requires 30 total participants across 1 different treatment group

This trial involves a single treatment. Tele-Tai Chi is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Tele-Tai Chi
Device
Tele-Tai Chi intervention

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: through study completion, approximately 16 months from the beginning of the study
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly through study completion, approximately 16 months from the beginning of the study for reporting.

Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
P. B.
Paolo Bonato, Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Closest Location

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital - Boston, MA

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. There are 5 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
Men and women between 60 and 85 years old
TC naïve (i.e., never practiced TC)
Self-reported ability to walk continuously for 15 minutes without an assistive device
Working email address
Prior experience with and current access to a computer, smart phone or tablet device

Patient Q&A Section

What does tele-tai chi usually treat?

"The findings support its use for anxiety disorder, insomnia, memory retention, and stress, as well as physical complaints, such as osteoarthritis. Nevertheless, a wider range of health conditions warrants further study." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the signs of healthy aging?

"Results from a recent paper identified a number of variables associated with healthy aging. Those variables associated with healthy aging included high physical fitness levels. Additionally, it was demonstrated that many factors were common to healthy aging and healthy aging and may be related to biological mechanisms of healthy aging." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is healthy aging?

"Healthy aging refers to the process of living life in good physical and mental health. Older adults frequently experience chronic disease conditions that affect HRQOL in their old age. However, HRQOL can be improved with a variety of strategies that help older adults to live on and thrive with fewer, but serious, chronic conditions. Healthy aging is a process that can positively affect HRQOL in later life." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How many people get healthy aging a year in the United States?

"The number of adults who meet the U.S. Healthy Aging goals is in the hundreds of thousands. This number is very close to the number who actually do meet all the Healthy Aging goals in 2015 alone. The overall decline in overall health as a result of the aging of the population, combined with advances in aging technologies and health care services, will continue to drive the overall health and wellness of American adults." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What causes healthy aging?

"Age is the major risk factor for many chronic diseases. It is unknown why some diseases and disorders change with age or why people can keep them in remission over time. It is also unclear why there are so many diseases and disorders of which the cause is unknown. Aging is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases and associated disability. Healthy aging (e.g., normal, abnormal and reduced) may be maintained by balancing an array of biotic and abiotic signals that affect multiple mechanisms and structures required to maintain health." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are common treatments for healthy aging?

"At least one treatment for healthy aging is common and is mostly recommended by health professionals as part of the treatment plan for an individual patient. Most commonly recommended services and treatment were for arthritis, physical fitness, and hypertension." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Can healthy aging be cured?

"Healthy aging is an active, complex, dynamic, and multi-organ process. Healthy aging is not a disease, therefore it does not need cure or treatment. Therefore, the concept of “curing aging” is an exaggeration. What does need treatment or cure, can, however, be done by many physicians, patients, healthcare providers, and research scientists alike, to improve the overall well-being of an individual who suffers from chronic illness." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

What are the common side effects of tele-tai chi?

"Side effects of tele-tai chi may be categorized according to the TCM syndromes, and the side effects of TCM therapies may be partially compensated by the pharmacological effects of its components and natural herbs." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

Have there been other clinical trials involving tele-tai chi?

"This preliminary study provided the first evidence that tele-tai chi may have the potential to induce measurable benefits in the rehabilitation of frailty and to enhance a range of key functions in older frail individuals. Whether these benefits could translate into a meaningful, and sustained, effect on the functional status of everyday activities of daily living remains unknown, but warrants further investigation with larger groups and over longer follow-up." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Does healthy aging run in families?

"Findings from a recent study illustrate the utility of family history research in identifying new pathways for understanding familial predisposition to age-related diseases. With additional linkage analysis, we should soon be able to establish a number of candidate loci for common familial forms of aging." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is tele-tai chi?

"The advantages and disadvantages for tele-Tai Chi exercise training in terms of quality/cost/effectiveness have not yet been analyzed. Thus, while there is presently insufficient information on clinical and cost-effectiveness, tele-Tai Chi in this regard seems to be a relevant option for all ages, for women at all stages of life, and possibly in settings in which it could potentially be implemented." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Has tele-tai chi proven to be more effective than a placebo?

"When a self-efficacy perspective is introduced, the intervention is no better than a placebo. Nevertheless, the effect of TC on physiological function warrants further study." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.
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