Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance
- Jeanne D., 79
I think every Senior should take this class. When I first started I was deathly afraid of falling, especially stepping off of curbs. I even took to taking a cane with me thinking it would help me to not fall. I now don't use a cane and am not afraid of falling. The techniques in Tai Chi helped me retain balance. It is a wonderful exercise, not only for balance, but help with other medical issues. I wouldn't miss a Tai Chi class for anything. Love it and am always practicing the moves.
- Janice G., 62
I have Parkinson’s Disease and cervical dystonia with additional challenges from degenerating lower back discs and knee damage. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and dystonia three years ago and had symptoms for about one year prior to the diagnosis. Since about February 2013 I have attended the tai chi class as well as the exercise class for Parkinson’s, and pole walking (with trekking poles).
Before attending these classes my balance was so poor that I was afraid I would fall in the shower, and I did not walk for exercise for fear of falling on the sidewalk. When I walked, my left arm just hung without moving.
The tai chi class, in conjunction with the Parkinson’s exercise class and pole walking, has made a huge difference for me. During my last neurology appointment the doctor was very pleased with my walking because both arms swung like they should, and I did not walk with a shuffle as do so many Parkinson’s patients, but rather with a normal gait and bounce.
I think the tai chi class and the exercise classes reinforce each other through different approaches. The balance and walking improvements I experienced as a direct result of these classes have given me back the freedom to enjoy walking again. Tai chi and the exercise classes really do work!
- Bill, 78
Both my wife and I remain physically active, though I’ve seen some decline physically in the past year or so. We work out regularly several times a week at the Providence gym. When I learned about this class I thought it was an opportunity to learn god techniques as I see the need in the future. I’ll keep the handbook and weights, with the intent of using it in the future.
- Betty, 59
This class helped with my balance and it is good strengthening exercises for my legs.
- Peggy, 78
The teachers are just marvelous. You learn how to take care of yourself and watch for the dangers.
- Betty, 84
I would absolutely recommend Stepping On. I've told everybody I know about it. We all need to practice how NOT to fall.
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