Residents Get Physical with New Take on Ancient Art

on the Thursday, April 20, 2017

Seniors in their 80s and 90s at Mercy Place Lathlain are getting physical with the help of Perth-based Tai Chi expert Louise Walker, a qualified Tai Chi instructor with the Perth Tai Chi Academy.

Around 20 elderly residents have taken up the activity, in addition to several staff members, proving that age is no barrier to enjoying new pastimes.

Mercy Place Lathlain’s Acting Service Manager, Surabh Nair, says Mercy Health staff are focused on enabling residents to continue to live rich lives, and that the Tai Chi lessons provide gentle exercise for residents, in addition to assisting in their well-being

“Mercy Health really tries to embrace new ways of improving physical and spiritual experiences for residents,” he says. “After researching its benefits we found that Tai Chi is easy to learn and suitable for people of all ages, particularly seniors, in addition to it also being helpful in promoting circulation and feelings of well-being.

“The sessions are having a gentle calming effect on our residents, and the fact that our staff are also joining in has proven helpful, as they are really enjoying being part of something together, which is also turning out to be great fun.”

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