Better mobility through tai chi

Jackie Bishop does a warm up exercise at the beginning of
Tai Chi Tuesday afternoon at the Golden Friendship Center.
"I came for flexibility and it really has helped," Bishop said.

As Kathy Dessenberger talked about getting involved in tai chi classes to improve her mother's balance, her mother, Kathy Lacy, came striding into the room.

"I just thought it was good therapy for them," Dessenberger said. "My mother can move very good now."

Like many of the 15 women who attend Adams County Senior Services advanced tai chi classes Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Golden Friendship Center, Dessenberger and Lacy have been there since the beginning.

A new, introductory class will begin Sept. 2, with hourlong sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays until Nov. 20. After completing the beginning class, students are invited to join the advanced class.

Along with Karen Hoit and Marge Hiatt, Dessenberger is one of three instructors. All three are volunteers.

Tai Chi For Better Balance aims to improve participants' balance and mobility as well as reduce the likelihood of falling.

The classes are free to participants thanks to a grant administered by the South Heartland District Health Department.

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