The primary focus of Health Promotion is to inform and educate seniors on how to better manage their chronic disease or the chronic disease of a loved one. Big Five will provide Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance to persons 60 years of age and older living in Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Coal, Garvin, Johnson, Love, Marshall, Murray, and Pontotoc Counties.
Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance helps older adults improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of falling. Research has shown that people who complete the program are half as likely to fall and are less fearful about falling. The program is intended for older adults age 60 and older, who can walk without assistive devices. Participants will learn balance skills, good body alignment, and coordinated movements in circular and flowing motions. Classes will be twice a week, for either six or nine weeks, and are facilitated by a trained instructor.
Participants attending classes should see improved physical health that leads to better functioning in daily activities, improved balance, muscle strength, flexibility, mobility, better mental health such as increased self-esteem, and less social isolation.
Call toll-free 888-439-5331 for information on a class near you.