Tai Chi for Arthritis
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AREA AGENCY ON AGING-FIVE COUNTY OFFERS SENIORS INCREASED BALANCE THROUGH TAI CHI
Area Senior’s are invited to decreases falls and improve functional balance and mobility through practicing Tai Chi.
The Area Agency on Aging offers a Tai Chi class. This free class will provide a venue for seniors to share experiences and gain improved balance, through mental and physical strengthening.
Many studies have shown Tai Chi to be one of the most effective exercises for preventing falls. Tai Chi has been shown to improve balance, increase leg strength, reduce fear of falling, improve mobility, increase flexibility, and improve psychological health. The special features of this unique program are that it is easy to learn, enjoyable, and provides many health benefits in a relatively short period of time.
“Tai Chi is a graceful form of exercise that involves a series of movements, known as forms, which are performed in a slow, focused manner combined with controlled breathing. It is a low impact exercise that puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it suitable for many older adults,” said Kristina Raner of the Area Agency on Aging, “For these reasons, Tai Chi is recommended to prevent falls among older adults.”
The program contains a carefully constructed set of warming-up and cooling-down exercises, breathing exercises, a basic core of six movements, an advanced extension of six movements, and adaptations of the movements for older adults of all physical levels. Each class includes relaxation and exercises that are introduced gradually. Tai Chi helps people with and without arthritis to improve all muscular strength, flexibility, balance, stamina, and more.
The Area Agency on Aging-Five County Association of Governments has been providing services to frail elderly and disabled adults for over 20 years. We have an experienced staff with extensive skills and knowledge of community resources who can access these services to meet the needs of the aging population across five counties - Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, and Washington - in Southern Utah.