Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tai Chi Exercise For Older Adults

Free Classes Beginning In Tai Chi Quan

LABELLE, FL. -- The fifth session of free classes in Tai Chi Quan will begin in LaBelle at Hope Connections at the L.J. Nobles Senior Center on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 10 a.m. The first class was offered to the community in January 2013 when about 30 people took up the challenge to improve their health and balance, and help prevent falls.

Classes will be on Tuesday and Thursday for 12 weeks. Participants must be willing and able to attend all 24 free classes. Participants will be required to conduct a pre and post course balance test.

The course, Tai Ji Quan - Moving For Better Balance was designed by Dr. Fuzhong Li of the Oregon Research Institute in 2003, and has been recommended by the Center For Disease Control and Prevention as an effective method to prevent falls in older adults, and to strengthen muscles and improve balance.

This 12-week class is designed for adults 60 and over to help assist with balance and movement. This is a basic beginner eight-movement Tai Chi falls prevention workshop.

Pre-­registration is required and there is no cost to participants. There is limited space and reservations for those interested can contact Sherry Young at (866) 413-5337.

Funding for Tai Ji Quan - Moving For Better Balance is provided by a grant through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and administered by the Fort Myers office of the Area Agency on Aging of Southwest Florida.

The Nobles Senior Center is on Cowboy Way next to the LaBelle airport.

(Photo courtesy B. Whelan)

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