FAU gets grant to study chair yoga’s benefits for seniors

FAU gets grant to study chair yoga’s benefits for seniors

Florida Atlantic University instructors will be testing out the effectiveness of a chair yogaprogram designed for older adults who can no longer exercise while standing.

The National Institutes of Health awarded two FAU professors a $389,000 grant to study the “Sit N Fit” program on seniors with osteoarthritis and other joint conditions.

The program, which has been taught for about three years at the school’s Boca Ratoncampus and at a senior center in Deerfield Beach, has been shown to relieve pain for wheelchair participants and improve balance and gait speed for those not in a wheelchair, said Ruth McCaffrey, the study’s principal investigator and a Sharon B. Raddock Distinguished Professor at FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.

Read more at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-senior-chair-yoga-20131107,0,3821792.story