2020 is in full swing and residents and staff at The Village at Mill Landing are starting the year off right with a new fitness routine! The Village at Mill Landing is excited to be offering eight-week Tai Chi for Arthritis class presented by Lifespan. The class meets twice a week in our wellness room to get exercise and learn new ways to manage arthritis pain.
Fighting Arthritis Pain with Tai Chi
Nearly 50% of people aged 65 and older are living with arthritis. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints and can affect people at any age, but is most commonly seen in older adults. Symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, decreased range of motion, and redness of the skin around the joint.
There is no cure for arthritis but there are certain medications and lifestyle changes that can treat symptoms of the condition. Tai Chi is one way seniors are finding relief from arthritis. People with arthritis need to have a low risk of injury while also having an effective form of exercise that increases flexibility, strengthens muscles, and improves cardiorespiratory fitness. Tai Chi accomplishes all these goals and more.
“Tai Chi for Arthritis has really changed the way our residents view how they move. Those who are participating are being taught movements which can help decrease their risk of falling, while improving their balance, posture, flexibility, and muscular strength. The best part is we are al having such a blast while working on being healthier and safe!” – Danielle, Programs Supervisor at The Village at Mill Landing
With gentle, effective, low-impact, and slow-motion movements Tai Chi focuses on circular movements that are never forced. Participants focus on relaxing muscles, rather than tensing them, and joints are never fully bent or extended, meaning that connective tissues are not being stretched.
In addition to relieving arthritis pain, research suggests that seniors who regularly practice Tai Chi are less likely to fall, have lower blood pressure, and are physically stronger. They also tend to have improved hand-eye coordination, better circulation, and may even sleep better.
Join Tai Chi for Arthritis at The Village at Mill Landing
The Village at Mill Landing is proud to partner with Lifespan to bring Tai Chi for Arthritis to our community. Participants meet twice a week to practice and several are already seeing the benefits!
“I can already feel the benefits of the Tai Chi for Arthritis class! I am steadier on my feet and this is all because I decided to try something new!” – Resident at The Village at Mill Landing and participant in the Tai Chi for Arthritis class
We would love for you to join us for our next class! Call The Village at Mill Landing for more details and join us on our mission to age well!
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