Tai Chi for Parkinson’s Disease

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012, Tai chi improves balance and motor control in people with  Parkinson’s disease. Yellow River Center and Aloha to Aging operate Tai Chi for PD workshops in the metro Atlanta area for people with PD and their care partners that aim to make Tai Chi an integral part of their lifestyle, reducing falls and slowing the rate of decline in overall motor control. Other smaller studies have reported that tai chi can improve quality of life for both people with PD and their support partners.

Discover the possibilities of Tai Chi for people with PD in this video clip:

Eligibility: These classes are appropriate for people with Parkinson’s disease whether or not they require assistive devices to stand or walk. The exercises can be done standing or seated (although the Yellow River Center Decatur class focuses on seated tai chi).  Care partners, friends and family are welcome to join the class. No previous tai chi experience is required; the instructors are trained to work with students at different stages of learning.

Safety: These tai chi classes have been modified to meet the needs of Parkinson’s patients. The Yellow River Center Decatur and Aloha to Aging East Cobb classes focus on seated tai chi, but the Yellow River Center Morningside and Snellville classes are also adaptable to participants who prefer to practice the forms seated. Tai Chi has proven helpful at all stages of the disease, and the slow, gentle movements hold little risk for injury. Instructors Bob Wells and Sam Evans have completed the “Community Exercise for People with Parkinson’s Disease” course presented by MDT Education Solutions.

Equipment: None.

Locations: Classes are held in safe, easy to access donated space in community rooms at retirement living and other community facilities but are attended by people with Parkinson’s and their care partners of all ages.

Information: Bob Wells, (404) 786-4650 or wellscom@comcast.net


When: Tuesdays @ 2:15PM – 3:15PM
Where: Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 N Morningside Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Cost: One free trial class; $50 for a 10-class package
Instructor: Bob Wells/Doris Williams


Brochure Seated Tai Chi

Seated Tai Chi at East Cobb

When: Fridays, 11:15AM to 12:15PM (Seated)
Where: The Regency, 341 Winn Way, Decatur, GA 30030
Cost: One free trial class; $50 for a 10-class package
Instructor: Sam Evans


When: Fridays, 1:30PM to 2:30PM (Seated or Standing)
Where: Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville, GA  30039
Cost: One free trial class; $50 for a 10-class package
Instructor: Sam Evans

Registration/Reservations: No registration or reservations necessary for your free trial class. We recommend contacting PD Gladiators or Bob Wells of the Yellow River Center (or checking the Online Scheduler‘s CLASSES tab) to confirm the class you wish to attend has not been cancelled for the day.


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