Residents of Allied Services Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center in Scranton are enjoying the benefits of an ancient Chinese martial art, Tai Chi. The self-paced series of gentle movements that comprise this non-competitive martial art help to promote physical and mental well-being in participants. In addition, the exercises build core strength in participants, an important tool in preventing falls in wheelchair users.
In December 2013, Erin Wanick, Director of Activities and Lenore Shiner, Activities Assistant at Allied Services Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center received training in Tai Chi specifically for nursing home residents. Residents at the Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center take part in a variety of exercises. The twice-weekly Tai Chi classes, introduced in early 2014, have grown in popularity with the residents. “It feels good to exercise. We look forward to the classes every week” commented Dorothy Kavulich, a regular member of the class.
Pictured, from left: Helen Skoridowski (resident), Lenore Shiner (Activities Assistant) and Monice Cook, (resident) practice Tai Chi at Allied Services Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center in Scranton.