Tai Chi gets elderly mov­ing

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

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.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Res­i­dents Dorothy Read and Colin Lin­ton with tai chi ex­pert Louise Walker.

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