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The Dragon's Head Blog: NYC Senior’s Day Celebration

There is no age at which you don’t reap a benefit from practicing Tai Chi. And as all of us know, seniors seem to both gravitate to and stick with the practice and the culture of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA,  reaping multiple benefits to both body and mind that help overcome some of the challenges we face as we age. To celebrate the Society's  International Seniors’ Day this year, the Tri-state Branch hosted an open house on Saturday, November 10th for seniors and SIT’s (seniors in training), introducing the more than 50 participants who showed up to our practice, our culture, and the science behind why tai chi makes you feel so good.The program began with testimonials from Tri-State members, Thomas Bock, Leon Ablon and Liz Levy. Each underscored the way  Tai Chi helped them avoid or recover from falling, made them feel physically better on a daily basis, and also provided a welcoming community. Continuing Instructor Dusty Evans taught those interested in moving the first three moves of the set.Finally, Dr. Nathan Goldstein, Chair of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai Downtown and professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine, presented the current scientific research that shows the proven benefits of tai chi, which range from reducing blood pressure, preventing falls and the fear of falling, improving mobility of those afflicted with Parkinson’s disease, and providing social attachment through connection with a community. To conclude, Dr. Goldstein had the group perform the standard diagnostic sit-to-stand test—counting how many times you can get in and out of a chair without using your hands in a 15-second period. This is a common test used to indicate functional mobility, associated with morbidity and self-sufficiency, and the similarities between this exercise and our danyus could not be overlooked.Of course, because this is TTCS USA there were plenty of refreshments and lingering conversation. And there was much excitement among the group about starting to learn the set and reap the many benefits of Tai Chi. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="13175,13177,13178,13176"]

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