Tai Chi for Healthy Aging – fall 2016

Tai Chi for Healthy Aging, fall 2016 session 1, is open for sign-ups! First class is Sep 12.

The class, which uses tai chi, a Chinese martial art that uses slow, mindful movements, is open to ambulatory adults, including people in chairs. The class aims to teach participants to view falls and fear of falling as controllable; to set realistic goals for increasing mobility and activity; to foster greater understanding of fall risk factors; and to increase strength and balance through exercise.

The class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30–11:30a, in The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center, weeks of Sep 12, 19, 20, Oct 3, plus Oct 12 (no class Oct 10). Interested participants must register in advance by visiting the UMF FRC front desk at 152 Quebec St., Farmington. Class is limited to 20 participants. Class is free for UMF FRC members (excluding the HT pass because of pass restrictions) and $30 for nonmembers.

Two more sessions will follow. The class is cumulative, however, so it is recommended that you start from the beginning and proceed through to the end. Session 2 runs the weeks of Oct 17, 24, 31, Nov 7; and session 3 runs the weeks of Nov 14, 21, 28, Dec 5 (no class Nov 23).

This video shows program creator Fuzhong Li leading a “Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance” instructor training in 2010, an “evidence-based Tai Chi program for falls prevention, based on his research.”

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