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Benefits of tai chi for older adults


You’ve probably heard of the ancient Chinese martial art tai chi—but did you know that its low-impact movements make it a great form of exercise for aging adults?

Tai chi offers a wide range of health benefits to people of all ages, including increased flexibility, balance, agility and muscle strength, and its slow, fluid movements make it an ideal exercise for those with physical limitations and certain health conditions. Studies show that tai chi can help lessen pain caused by arthritis and reduce the risk of falls in older adults, and new research suggests that tai chi can improve symptoms and physical function among people with breast cancer, osteoarthritis, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Sometimes called “meditation in motion,” tai chi is also known for its positive effects on mental and emotional wellbeing. In a 2013 study at National Institutes of Health, researchers found that tai chi “may be effective in reducing depressive symptoms, stress, anxiety and mood disturbances,” which in turn can help improve a person’s sleep, diet and overall mood.

If you’re interested in trying tai chi, we hope you’ll attend our free monthly class tomorrow at 4:15 p.m. Classes are appropriate for all ages and levels and are led by Tai Chi of New England’s Paula Sullivan.

Tai Chi with Paula Sullivan
Thursday, Jan. 21 at 4:15 p.m.
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