Tai Chi for Health and Balance

Tai Chi is known as one of the most effective exercises for physical and mental well-being. Practiced throughout the world for its many health benefits, Tai Chi strengthens and mobilizes joints and muscles, improving physical fitness and mental relaxation. Tai Chi is easy to learn and do, no matter what your physical condition or age, and even without prior knowledge of Tai Chi, making it suitable for most people. No special equipment is necessary - participants are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing that they can move freely in.

Tai Chi is a low-impact exercise that works well for older adults because it is performed in slow, fluid movements which puts minimal stress on bones and joints. Tai Chi can be done seated or standing, which allows for people to participate at their own ability level. Tai Chi has been shown to prevent falls by:
Improving balance
Increasing leg strength
Reducing fear of falling
Improving mobility
Increasing flexibility
Improving psychological health

Program Description
Tai Chi for Health and Balance (TCHB) was developed by Dr. Paul Lam for the Arthritis Foundation. The program uses gentle Sun-style Tai Chi routines that are safe, easy to learn, and suitable for every fitness level. The ancient discipline of Tai Chi combines agile steps, joint-safe exercise and mental strength to improve mobility, breathing and relaxation in ways that help you feel greater control over your daily life. It is a joint-safe way for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy life and meet new friends while taking control of your physical, emotional, and mental health.

Does it Work?
Yes! According to a report by the Arthritis Foundation, Tai Chi has been linked to:
Decreased pain
Improved movement
Reduced falls/improved balance
Improved ability to perform tasks
Improved strength/flexibility

Program Structure
Classes meet for one hour twice a week for 9 weeks. Participants can then progress through two additional sessions which teach supplementary movements and deepen the experience. To receive the full benefit of Tai Chi, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that participants attend 50 hours of programming, or three 9-week sessions.

Registration and Fees
Tai Chi for Health and Balance is $90 per 9-week session (18 classes). Scholarships are available.

To register (required) or for more information about scholarships, please contact us.

This project was supported by grant number 90FC2000, financed solely by Prevention and Public Health Funds from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., 20201.