Wednesdays, 11:00 am
Yoga participation can improve
mental/emotional wellness, fatigue, and
stress levels in elderly individuals, along
with measurable improvement in physical
functions. Many clinicians and health
practitioners consider chair yoga as a
potential therapeutic modality for improving the quality of life for the 65 and older population.
Chair yoga provides a mind/body practice through breath and movement. Each joint of the body moves through gentle active range of motion while focusing on abdominal and postural breathing patterns.
Functional mobility that mimic activities of daily living such as opening jars, ascending and descending stairs, entering and exiting vehicles, are emphasized. Participants report reduced levels of perceived stress through meditation, breathing and redirection techniques taught in the class. Sedentary participants report reduced pain levels and ability to perform the class, as it is less strenuous than a traditional yoga class and appropriate for those 65 and older.
Moving for Better Balance
Tuesdays at 10:00,
Thursdays at 4:00
Tai Ji Quan - Moving for Better Balance is a 12-week evidence-based, instructor-led group program designed to improve strength, mobility, flexibility, and balance for enhanced overall physical health and better functioning in daily activities.
Participation in the program may also result in better mental health, reduced stress, improved memory and cognition, and increased self-esteem. The program, based on the principles of Tai Chi, teaches eight movements modified especially for falls prevention. Participants meet twice per week in a safe and comfortable learning environment; each session is led by a qualified instructor. Participants are also encouraged to complete 2+ hours of at-home practice each week. The program is targeted toward individuals 65 years or older who are physically mobile with impaired stability and/or mobility, or individuals 45 years or older with a condition that may impact stability and/or mobility.
As noted from the Moving for Better Balance website (2016): Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® (TJQMBB) is a research-based balance training regimen designed for older adults at risk of falling and people with balance disorders. Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute, developed the program. Although its origin can be traced to the contemporary simplified 24-form Tai Ji Quan routine, TJQMBB represents a significant paradigm shift in the application of Tai Ji Quan, moving the focus from its historical use as a martial art or recreational activity to propagating health by addressing common, but potentially debilitating, functional impairments/deficits.
Family First Adult Day Services is proud to offer a variety of programs free and open to the community. Feel free to check our calendar here.
Family First offers free services for the adult loved ones of a caregiver who might not otherwise be able to attend for the duration of the class.
Please call 330-953-2704 for more information.