Tai Chi gets elderly moving
SENIORS in their 80s and 90s at Mercy Place Lathlain are getting physical with the help of Perthbased tai chi expert Louise Walker, a qualified tai chi instructor with the Perth Tai Chi Academy.
About 20 elderly residents have taken up the activity, in addition to several staff members, proving that age is no barrier to enjoying new pastimes.
Mercy Place Lathlain acting service manager Surabh Nair said tai chi lessons provided gentle exercise for residents, in addition to helping their well-being.
“Mercy Health really tries to d468158 embrace new ways of improving physical and spiritual experiences for residents,” he said.
“After researching its benefits we found that tai chi is easy to learn and suitable for people of all ages, particularly seniors, in addition to it also being helpful in promoting circulation and feelings of well-being.
“The sessions are having a gentle calming effect on our residents and the fact that our staff are also joining in has proved helpful, as they are really enjoying being part of something together which is also great fun.”
Residents Dorothy Read and Colin Linton with tai chi expert Louise Walker.