While there has been a move to improve exercise initiatives for our local seniors (for example, the construction of senior-friendly exercise equipment in public parks), one of Ciao’s favourite programs is Marrickville Council’s Tai Chi in Parks. While not exclusively for seniors – anyone is welcome – Tai Chi is particularly beneficial for our elderly residents due to the fact it is low-impact. It also reduces bone loss, improves balance and stability, reduces blood pressure, and helps mitigate the effects of Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s, among many others. The classes are held weekly, between 9am and 10am, in Kendrick Park, Tempe (Monday), Moreton Park, Lewisham (Fridays) and Enmore Park, Enmore (Saturdays). Did I mention they are completely free of charge, with no bookings required and taught be certified professionals? Why not try something new, improve your health and get to know other Tai Chi aficionados in your local community?