The Crawford County Commission on Aging in partnership with Michigan State
University Extension will be offering Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention starting in
October. Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention helps people with or without arthritis
to improve balance, both mentally and physically, which helps significantly reduce the
rate of falls experienced by older adults. Other benefits include improving relaxation,
vitality, posture, and improved immune system. Studies have shown that tai chi can
reduce falls by nearly 70%. The program focuses on confidence building, which is linked
closely to the reduced rate of falling. This program is offered for 16 hours in a variety of
formats. Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention is led by certified instructor, Nicole
Wethington (MSUE) and Toby Neal. Each session including: warm-up and cool-down
exercises, one or two movements per lesson, progressively leading to completing six
basic core movements and six advanced extension movements, breathing techniques
and Tai Chi principles relating to improving physical and mental balance. Classes will
be held on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9-10am at the New Senior Center just east of
town on M72. You must register in advance to participate. To register or if you have
any questions please call Toby Neal at 989-348-7123.

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