CHARLESTON SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER TALK


By Nikki Claiborne, Site Director


Jan 8th, Free Blood Pressure checks 10:00 to 12:00


Jan 8th, Tai Chi at 12:15


WHAT IS TAI CHI?


Tai chi, a form of Chinese martial arts that focuses on slow, controlled movements. It’s low impact and gives people with limited mobility a chance to improve their balance, range of motion and coordination. Research shows that tai chi for seniors can reduce the incidence of falls in elderly and at-risk adults by about 43 percent. With fewer than 34 percent of aging adults getting enough exercise, it’s important for caregivers, older individuals and people who work with seniors to know about this gentle but effective activity.


Tai chi is an ancient way of moving that is practiced by more than 200 million people across the globe. Unlike many forms of exercise that focus on strengthening your muscles, improving your endurance or boosting your flexibility, this activity allows you to work with your qi, or life force. The idea behind it is that when you’re feeling slow, sluggish and fatigued, your chi is low. With an abundance of chi, you feel alert and vibrant. Every movement helps develop energy flow. For example, the tai chi prayer wheel is a cornerstone move that can rejuvenate you and renew your energy whenever you’re feeling stressed, anxious or tense.


IT IS A LOW IMPACT EXERCISE


IT IMPROVES STABILITY IN PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE


IT CAN REDUCE CHRONIC PAIN


IT HELPS TREAT PEOPLE WITH DIABETES AND METABOLIC SYNDROME


IT HELPS PREVENT FALLS


JAN 9TH, BBBASEBALL V/S CAVANAUGH AT CHARLESTON 9:45. COME ON DOWN AND CHEER OUR SENIOR TIGERS ON!! JAN 14TH, BINGO 10:45 TO 11:30


JAN 15TH, ART CLASS WITH NAOMI 10:30 TO 11:30


Things to know:


The VOCA grant. The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant was awarded to us to provide direct services to elderly victims of crime in Sebastian and Franklin Counties. The presentation was “what is VOCA and how can it help people” speech. The best part about this grant is that people do not have to report the crime to law enforcement. Agency staff is able to determine if someone qualifies for our services. Anyone who is a victim of a crime aged 50 and older and lives in Franklin or Sebastian County is eligible to be helped. Contact Nikki at the Charleston Senior Center for more information.


Tabletop activities, BB Baseball practice every day and quilting.


With the colder weather upon us, I just wanted to remind everyone to check on your neighbors to make sure they are alright and staying warm and fed. If your neighbor is over 60, they may qualify for home-delivered meals. Please give us a call to find out! Please know that in the event of severe weather, some activities may be canceled and rescheduled for safety precautions.


Give us a call for more information or contact us on Facebook. I hope to see you this coming week at the Charleston Senior Center… for more information call 479-965-2557.


January 8.


Bake Chicken, Mash Potatoes/gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Strawberry Jello Cake


January 9.


Pinto Beans w/ Ham bits, Mixed greens, Cornbread, Peach Cobbler


January 10.


Polish Sausage, Sauerkraut, Black eyed peas, Cornbread, Fruit cobbler


January 13.


Lemon Chicken, Over noodles, Eng peas, Slice bread, Slice onion, Fruit/cookie


January 14.


Great Northern Beans, Mixed Greens, Cornbread, Slice Onion, Fruit Cobbler


January 15.


Hamburger Steak, Mash Potatoes/gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Orange Jello Cake