Parkinson's group starts Tai Chi class at Sussex Family YMCA

February 17, 2013
Shown are members of the Sussex County Parkinson's Education and Support Group at the Jan. 29 Tai Chi class. Standing in back (l-r) are Martise Jones, Joyce Houston, Gary Gillard and Susan Hamadock; seated in back are Dennis Leebel and Glen Henderson; in middle are Gerry Stone, Jean Stone and Jan Henderson. In front are Mozelle Pyle, Michael Peters, Peter Kokinas, Louise McGinnis and Betty Leebel. Not shown are Janis and Loranza Rooker, Anna Marie Kihn,  and Elaine and Andrew Russo. SOURCE SUBMITTED

The Sussex County Parkinson's Education and Support Group recently started a Tai Chi class for people with movement disorders at the Sussex Family YMCA in Rehoboth Beach. The class meets weekly from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. Anyone with any form of movement disorder is welcome to join the class. There is no charge for the use of the facilities, but a collection is taken up to help the Parkinson's Support Group defray the cost of the instructors. Tai Chi has been shown to be an excellent way for people with Parkinson's to improve their balance.

The class was an outcome of a visit by members of the YMCA staff to the Jan. 7 meeting of the Parkinson's Support Group.  Terry Rasberry, executive director; Lauri Weeks, aquatic director; and Daniel Meloy, fitness director, attended the meeting and presented an overview of the YMCA's many programs.

The Tai Chi trainers are from the Silver Lotus Training Institute in Lewes. They are Susan Hamadock, senior trainer; and Martrise Jones and Joyce Houston, assistants.

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