Tai Chi training to lead new classes scheduled in May

Moving for Better Balance follows curriculum developed at the Oregon Research Institute

Volunteers are needed for a senior Tai Chi program recently started in the four west county cities served by Oxnard RSVP. No experience is needed. Volunteer instructor training will be provided in mid-May. A six-month commitment to teaching the program is requested of volunteers.

Free exercise classes are being offered in partnership with the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging. Those interested in teaching should attend one of these classes to become familiar with the program.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance follows curriculum developed at the Oregon Research Institute. Studies showed improved strength and balance, increased mobility and reduced incidence of falls among seniors who participated in the classes.

The classes are intended for adults age 55 and older who can walk easily with or without assistive devices.

RSVP is currently recruiting volunteers to lead classes in Oxnard, Ventura, Camarillo and Port Hueneme. A two-day training with the Master Trainer is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, in Ventura. At least 30 hours of practice with other trained volunteers will follow before volunteers can be certified to lead a class

All RSVP volunteers must be age 55 or better. For more information on the instructor training, please call 385-8023.

Those interested in taking the 12-week class should call the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s fall prevention program at 477-7347.

RSVP is a volunteer recruitment and placement program, helping people 55 and older find volunteer positions that match their interests, talent and available time.  The Oxnard RSVP has almost 600 members and is sponsored by the City of Oxnard.  To learn more about being an RSVP member or to discuss other volunteer opportunities call 385-8023.

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