The the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row. Courtesy/LARSO
The Centers for Disease Control or the CDC recommends a seated, Tai Chi course for those with arthritis.
A Tai Chi Sun (pronounced soon) class, open to the community, will take place 10:30 a.m., Monday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
The program is a kickoff to National Fall Prevention Week and designed for fall prevention and overall health and wellness.
Many illnesses have considerable concern for falls and the addition of a few skills is beneficial, whether one is 30 or 90.
Day Out Program Director Laurie Hochhalter for will teach the course Monday. Hochhalter has a BS in Sociology and is Board Certified for several forms of Tai Chi, geared specifically for arthritis and fall prevention.
The class will run for 30 minutes and will be offered free of charge through the end of the year. It is requested that those interested in attending, call the day prior, to make sure space is available. The class is in the Day Out “living room”.
“Anyone and everyone should attend,” Hochhalter said. “This class is very simple, easy and slow. These gentle exercises are even used by professional athletes to improve healing time after injury.”
Hochhalter says whether you are someone who has never exercised before or a professional athlete, you will experience a benefit in your health by participating. She teaches her Day Out participants, but also has taught her husband. He has severe osteo arthritis in his knees, and the class is slowly improving his joint mobility and is decreasing his pain.
The senior center offers the option to borrow items of durable medical equipment, at no charge. The items include; wheelchairs, rollators, canes, shower chairs and more. Community members are welcome to come try them out on Thursday morning, and make their way to the Farmer’s Market, as a trial run. The only thing required, is a contact phone number for the center to keep on hand, until the item is returned.
To learn more about senior center opportunities or receive their newsletter, email Director@losalamosseniorcenter.com. Residents may join the centers at the age of 50 for a $20 annual fee. Those 60 and over have no charge. Additional questions are welcome at 505.662.8920 in Los Alamos, or their White Rock Center at 505.672.2034.