Tai-Chi Balance

EVIDENCE-BASED WELLNESS PROGRAMS

To improve the health of older adults, the NWGRC AAA Wellness Program offers three evidence-based programs with years of research to demonstrate their effectiveness. Each program gives participants tools, techniques, and practices to enhance their well-being. The classes can be held at a library, church, senior center, 55-plus community, and other locations across the region, and some are offered virtually.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions is for anyone living with diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, or other chronic health conditions. The workshop, developed at Stanford University, teaches strategies for getting better sleep, dealing with pain, lowering stress levels, eating healthier, and more to help individuals work with their healthcare team and improve their quality of life.

A Matter of Balance is for anyone living with a fear of falling. More than 1 in 4 older adults falls each year. This class, developed by a consortium of hospitals, teaches participants how to stop letting their fears become a self-fulfilling prophecy. It gives tips for making it safer to move around their homes and throughout the community with confidence, and participants practice simple exercises developed by a team of physical therapists to improve muscle strength and balance.

Tai Chi is a popular exercise class that helps ease the pain and stiffness of arthritis and reduce fall risks. Participants engage while seated or standing. Through slow, gentle movements and mindful breathing, participants achieve improved balance, greater muscle strength, increased flexibility, and a sense of peace.


Contact the Wellness Coordinator, Rogena Walden, at the NWGRC AAA for more information. rwalden@nwgrc.org