August 22, 2012
A Tai Chi
flash mob is planned to captivate and astound members and guests of Parrish
Health & Fitness Center at 9 a.m. both Monday and Tuesday, September 17 and
18. Unbeknownst to most of the members participants will begin the
demonstration at the east end of the main hallway. As they make their way to
the center’s front door they will slowly move through the first eight Tai Chi
wellness-based center, located at 2210 Cheney Highway, Titusville, hopes to promote
this alternative form of exercise in recognition of National Falls Prevention
Awareness Day, which will be observed on September 22. National Falls
Prevention Awareness Day is observed the first day of Fall to promote and
increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older
Why Tai Chi?
This gentle form of physical activity is ideal for our aging population, who
are at the greatest risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries due to falls. Tai Chi
improves movement sense, postural control, balance, walking ability and
coordination; and it enhances ones ability to participate in functional tasks
such as reaching and sitting. Overall, the practice of Tai Chi reduces the fear
of falling and incidence of falls.
percent of Florida residents are 65 years of age or older. Falls are the
leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among Florida’s senior population
and result in significant physical, personal, social and economic burden.
Health & Fitness Center holds six weekly Tai Chi classes, ranging from
beginner to advanced level. In agreement with the National Council on Aging,
the center aims to promote and increase public awareness about how to prevent
and reduce falls among older adults.