“Tai Chi for Health” Classes Return to Hancock County
August 28, 2015

What: Eight-week classes to improve strength and balance (Classes are FREE; a $5 donation per class is suggested)

Where: BUCKSPORT: Bucksport Area Senior Citizens Center, 125 Broadway, Bucksport
ELLSWORTH: The Moore Community Center, 125 State Street, Ellsworth

Dates and Time: BUCKSPORT: Fridays from 9am to 10am, from September 18, 2015 through November 6, 2015.
ELLSWORTH: Mondays & Wednesdays from 10:30am to 11:30am, from September 21, 2015 through November 11, 2015.

Back by popular demand, “Tai Chi for Health” classes are returning to Hancock County, sponsored by Healthy Acadia, Bucksport Senior Center, and Friends in Action. These free eight-week classes begin on Friday, September 18, and continue through Wednesday, November 11, 2015. While the classes are free, a $5 donation per class is suggested. The classes will meet once a week for one hour each, offering participants an opportunity to learn how to improve their strength and balance, and reduce their fear and risk of falling.

The Bucksport course is open to all and will focus on introductory tai chi movements (“Tai Chi 1”). Bucksport classes will be held at the Bucksport Senior Center, from 9am to 10am, beginning on Friday, September 18, and continuing through Friday, November 6, 2015.

The Ellsworth courses are similarly open to anyone at any level. The Monday Ellsworth course will focus on introductory tai chi movements (“Tai Chi 1”). The Wednesday course will focus on intermediate tai chi movements (“Tai Chi 2”). All Ellsworth classes will be held at the Moore Community Center, from 10:30am to 11:30am, beginning on Monday, September 21, and continuing through Wednesday, November 11.

Throughout the eight-week courses, participants will practice exercises that promote movement control through the integration of mind and body. “Tai Chi for Health” is an evidenced-based program that, when practiced regularly, helps increase flexibility, muscle strength and coordination, thus reducing the risk and fear of falling. In addition, practicing “Tai Chi for Health” increases confidence, further promoting health and wellbeing.

“We are honored to have received such a positive response to our prior classes, and we are excited to be able to offer these classes this fall, in partnership with Bucksport Senior Center and Friends in Action,” stated Nina Zeldin with Healthy Acadia, who will be teaching the eight-week courses.