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WHAT IS TAI CHI? 

Have you ever seen a group of people in the park doing a slow, choreographed group exercise? There’s a good chance they were doing Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art. Tai Chi is a low-impact, slow-moving exercise that can help to support the mind, body and spirit. It can be performed standing or sitting, and the choreographed movements are great for seniors looking to stay active. This is why BayBridge Senior Living offers it at many of our locations.

Erica Clarke, the Regional Director of Life Enrichment at BayBridge, explains that "deep breathing and meditation are an integral part of the exercise as you go through the movements. The difference between Tai Chi and other forms of exercise is that your muscles are not tensed and your joints are never fully extended or bent. All the movements are fluid in nature.”


WHY TAI CHI IS GREAT FOR SENIORS

Research has shown that those who practice Tai Chi experience a wide range of benefits, which can deliver wonderful outcomes for seniors. Recent studies have reported a connection between practicing Tai Chi and noticing an increase in strength, improved balance, fall prevention and flexibility. 

"Research also shows that Tai Chi can assist with arthritic pain, reduce sleep problems and even positively impact hypertension and blood pressure while improving stress management and overall well-being,” explains Clarke. 

The low-impact nature of the movement makes it an ideal workout for people of all ages. For those who may not be comfortable standing for long periods of time, Tai Chi can be easily adapted for a seated position.


"It is also easy to follow and incredibly relaxing,” adds Clarke. BayBridge community team members strive to offer a variety of programs to suit all of the residents’ preferences and interests. "Our mission is to empower seniors to flourish,” explains Erica. "I think it is important to provide evidence-based programs that are proven to improve health and well-being, and also to ensure we have meaningful programs that promote healthy outcomes. Tai Chi is just one of the many programs BayBridge offers in support of that philosophy.”

 
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Our all-inclusive independent living community makes it fun and easy to get to know your neighbours by attending exciting events, sharing a home-made meal and getting together for scheduled activities.
The following services and amenities available:
  • Cable TV and all utilities (excluding phone)
  • Three delicious and freshly prepared meals a day
  • Variety of options available on the daily menu
  • Live-in management teams or care-giving staff available 24hrs a day
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service
  • On-site complimentary laundry facilities
  • Free transportation to appointments and errands
  • Billiards room, library and exercise room
  • On-site beauty and barber shop
  • Spacious suites with kitchenettes and refrigerators
  • Emergency response system monitored around-the-clock
  • Individually controlled heating and air conditioning in each suite
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