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Washington County Public Health, in collaboration with the Office for the Aging & Disability Resource Center and other Community Partners, is once again offering the “Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention” program this fall. Registration is now open for the Fall Class in Fort Ann.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese practice of slow, continuous, whole body movements, strung together in a “form.” Like dance, the movements are learned and followed one after another, in a particular order. Tai Chi has been shown to increase strength, flexibility, sense of wellbeing, and balance. It has also shown to decrease pain in joints, stress, high blood pressure, falls and fall risks.
There are many types of Tai Chi, however medical studies have shown that practicing “Tai Chi for Arthritis” in particular reduces pain significantly, prevents falls for the elderly, and improves many aspects of health. For these reasons, Arthritis Foundations around the world have supported the program, including the American Arthritis Foundation. Also, the CDC (Center of Disease Control and Prevention) recommends “Tai Chi for Arthritis” on their official guide for falls prevention!
Feedback from previous students in Washington County include,
“My balance is better, arthritis improved. I’m amazed how a few moves can so change how one feels.”
“I am delighted to have much better balance and my legs are stronger.”
“This has helped with overall strength and balance. It has also loosened up some joints.”
“I feel more confident in my daily activities-less worried about falling.”
The Tai Chi for Arthritis class will start Monday, October 3, 2022 at Fort Ann Volunteer Fire Department at 11289 NY-149, Fort Ann, NY 12827. This class will held Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 am. (No Class on Columbus Day, Monday, October 10th)
You must register with Public Health before classes begin. Call 518-746-2400 ext. 3478 to register. Please leave your name and a phone number where you can be reached for a call back and registration confirmation.
About Tai Chi for Arthritis Classes:
¨ Classes are Taught by Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructors.
¨ Classes are held 2 times a week, for 8 weeks
¨ Students will be given handouts to support what is covered in class, to help with practice at home.
¨ Classes are tailored to all abilities, any ability levels are welcome!