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Get active with tai chi on the beach!

Along with partner organisations across the area, Borough of Poole will be celebrating Older People’s Day on Wednesday 1 October. Held every year to coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons, the day aims to be a celebration of the achievements and contributions that older people make to society and the economy.

Tai chi session on the beach

To mark the start of a series of events and activities dedicated to promoting health and wellbeing for older people, residents are invited to join Skills & Learning Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole for a free mass tai chi session at Branksome beach on Tuesday 23 September. 

Everyone is welcome to join in with the two free-of-charge sessions, starting at 10am and 10.50am. Studies have shown that tai chi can help people aged 65 and over to reduce stress, improve balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs.  

Mayor of Poole Cllr Peter Adams will be just one of the local people taking part. He said: “The latest census recorded over 30,000 Poole residents over the age of 65, so it’s very important to us to help keep people independent and active. The free tai chi sessions and other events planned to mark Older People’s Day are set to show that there is a whole host of activities available for older members of the community.” 

Cllr Karen Rampton, cabinet portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing, Borough of Poole, added: “I'm looking forward to seeing many residents taking part in Tuesday's tai chi session. It's a great way to keep active whilst having fun and trying something new - I'd encourage anyone interested to come along to the beach next week.”

Anyone wishing to join Tuesday’s tai chi event is welcome to meet at the Branksome Dene Community Room. Two sessions will run from 10am – 10.40am and 10.50am – 11.30am. For further information please contact Skills & Learning on 01202 262300.

Further events will be taking place at Poole Central Library and in Falkland Square on Wednesday 1 October – please visit the Full of Life page for further details. The day will also see the official launch of the pan-Dorset My Life My Care website, a new online guide to the care available across the area. The site aims to help people lead independent lives and features a wide range of information, from how to access help around the home and personal care services, to dealing with money worries, keeping mobile and staying safe.

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