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Tai Chi for Arthritis 8-week sessions

Albany County Department for Aging will be sponsoring Tai Chi for Arthritis 8-week sessions taught by two certified Tai Chi instructors at four sites in Albany County.

Tai Chi is an ancient practice proven to reduce pain and improve your mental and physical well-being. Tai Chi can be practiced standing or sitting and uses routines that are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level. Tai Chi is known for its gentleness and accessibility. No special clothing or shoes are required for the practice. Almost anyone can do it, even those with conditions that may exclude them from other forms of exercise.

According to one study in the Journal of Rheumatology those who practice of Tai Chi for Arthritis had 35 percent less pain, 29 percent less stiffness and 29percent more ability to perform daily tasks (like climbing stairs) as well as improved balance compared to the control group.  It can improve muscle strength, flexibility, coordination, and it can reduce the risk for falls. Tai Chi may help to improve sleep, reduce stress, decrease blood pressure and improve your overall mind, body and spirit.

Sessions will take place at the following sites: Cohoes Senior Center, Westview Homes 680 Central Ave., Bishop Broderick Apartments, 50 Prescott St. Colonie and B’nai Brith Apartments 400 Hudson St., Albany. For date and times and more information, call Lorraine Noval or Marta Banks at Asian Arts Tai Chi School at 489-1458. Visit http://www.albanycounty.com/.

Gloria Mazure

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Boomer & Senior Resources is dedicated to empowering area seniors, their caregivers and healthcare professionals to obtain the knowledge and resources needed to provide quality care for an aging relative, friend or patient.

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