SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging

Senior Centers

Tai Chi for Arthritis

Tai Chi has been shown to be one of the most effective exercises for preventing falls. Classes are currently being offered in Senior Activity Centers throughout our 17-county service area.  

Tai Chi is a noncompetitive martial art known for both its defense techniques and its health benefits. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that has evolved over centuries to become a means of alleviating stress and anxiety, a form of "meditation in motion." Advocates claim that it promotes serenity and inner peace.

Tai Chi for Arthritis helps people with arthritis or other neuromuscular conditions to improve all muscular strength, flexibility, balance, stamina, and more. Medical studies confirm Tai Chi for Arthritis relieves pain, reduces falls, and improves quality of life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend it for fall prevention.  

This class is held for a total of 12 one-hour sessions. Workshops are conducted by trained leaders.  For more information, contact your local Senior Activity Center.

 

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (formerly known as Pace) 

Arthritis exercise programs are low impact physical activity programs proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. The routines include gentle range-of-motion exercises that are suitable for every level. The exercise program will help you:

  • Keep joints flexible and muscles strong
  • Sleep better
  • Increase energy
  • Improve your overall outlook

 

The Arthritis Program Walk with Ease

Walk with Ease can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life.   Walk with Ease offers support, information, and tools to help you succeed and is designed for people with arthritis and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart  disease, and hypertension. Based on research and tested programs in exercise science, behavior change and arthritis management, Walk with Ease is show to

  • Reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis
  • Increase balance, strength and walking pace
  • Build confidence in your ability to be physically active
  • Improve overall health.

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