According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every three older adults experiences a fall each year resulting in injuries ranging from moderate to severe. The good news is that you can decrease your chances of falling with activities that improve your balance and mobility, like Tai Chi. To recognize National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Palmetto Health Richland Trauma Center is sponsoring ‘Tai Chi at the Park’ for older adults Friday, Sept. 22, 6-8 p.m., at Irmo Community Park on 7505 Eastview Drive in the Palmetto Health Amphitheatre.
Tai Chi is a form of martial arts that involves low impact and slow, controlled movements. Tai Chi is designed to improve cardiovascular fitness, stamina and muscular strength, thereby helping to prevent falls and improve flexibility and balance. Joseph Whiting, a certified instructor with the Phoenix Health Education and Wellness Center in Sumter, will lead the Tai Chi class. Educational information and water will be provided. No registration is required.
“It’s important to raise awareness about falls and the injuries resulting from falls as a serious health threat to older adults,” said Nichole Spivey, Palmetto Health Richland Trauma injury prevention coordinator. “Helping seniors to improve their balance and coordination has been shown to be an effective way to reduce the risk of falls.”
For more information, contact Nichole Spivey, Palmetto Health Richland Trauma injury prevention coordinator, at 803-434-6231.