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May 29, 2014

Ancient exercise reduces stress, helps flexibility

Tai chi helps reduce stress and anxiety, and also helps increase flexibility and balance.

It is a self-paced system of gentle physical exercises and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. It is low impact and suitable for older adults.

The Council on Aging offers tai chi on Thursdays at 9 a.m. The cost is $5 per one-hour session.

Call 978-374-2390 for details.

IF YOU GO

What: Tai chi classes

When: Thursdays at 9 a.m.

Where: Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Cost: $5 per one-hour session

Here are other local events and activities for senior citizens:

Golf clinic offered: The Council on Aging golf clinic is in full swing at Garrison Par 3 Golf Center, 654 Hilldale Ave.

Golf professional Ted Murphy is directing the clinic again this year. Cost is $10 per week. Details are available by calling Murphy at 978-374-9380.

Lowell Spinners tickets available: Grandparents, children and grandchildren are welcome to enjoy a night at the ball park to watch the Lowell Spinners on July 22.

The game will begin at 7 p.m. Senior citizens will receive a voucher for tickets, a hot dog and a drink.

Call 978-374-2390 for ticket details.

Home Modification Loan Program: On June 9, Alan Trebat will speak on the Home Modification Loan Program at 10:30 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

The Home Modification Loan Program was established by the Massachusetts legislature to provide loans in amounts between $1,000 and $30,000 for modifications to the primary, permanent residence of elders, and individuals with disabilities. These loans allow homeowners in Massachusetts to remain in their home and must specifically relate to a person in the household’s ability to function on a daily basis.

Cape May trip: The council is offering an overnight trip to Wildwood Crest and Cape May, N.J., from June 3 to 6.

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