Tai Chi for Arthritis class coming online, in person in Clinton

Tai Chi for Arthritis class coming online, in person in Clinton

Older adults looking for a slow, relaxing way to get effective exercise may want to join Care Connection’s Beginners’ Tai Chi for Arthritis class this month.

The class is being offered in person at the Clinton Senior Center, 970 Sedalia Ave., in Clinton, and on the Zoom platform online. The hybrid class will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 13.

The first class session will begin Feb. 21; registration is being accepted through Feb. 27 by calling 1-800-748-7826 or online at www.goaging.org/events.

Care Connection for Aging Services and the senior center are offering the class for free for people 60 and older.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention is an ancient Chinese meditation exercise that features slow, precise movement. The exercises can improve balance and mobility, increase strength and flexibility, decrease pain, and prevent falls.

After completing this beginners’ course, participants will be ready to join Care Connection’s continuing Tai Chi classes.

The course is being offered as a hybrid – in person at the center and taught live on Zoom – so that older adults may join the class from their homes. Seniors who need help signing onto Zoom may call Care Connection for instructions.

Tai Chi was created by Dr. Paul Lamm and is accepted by the Arthritis Foundation as safe and effective. Supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov) and the National Council on Aging (NCOA.org), the program is proven to reduce pain, prevent falls, and improve balance, health, and wellness.

Care Connection, a nonprofit area agency on aging, serves people 60 and older and their caregivers with a mission to provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences. The agency operates in 13 West Central Missouri counties: Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair, and Vernon. For more information, call 1-800-748-7826.