Tai Chi is known as one of the most effective exercises for physical and mental well-being. Practiced throughout the world for its many health benefits, Tai Chi strengthens and mobilizes joints and muscles, improving physical fitness and mental relaxation.

To help older adults improve their balance and reduce the risk of falling, the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., and STEP Office of Aging are partnering to offer a free 10-week Tai Chi for Health and Balance workshop beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, April 24.

Tai Chi is easy to learn and do, no matter what your physical condition or age, and even without prior knowledge of Tai Chi, making it suitable for most people. No special equipment is necessary but participants are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing that they can move freely in.  This class will be held weekly for 10 weeks. The instructors are certified through the Tai Chi for Health Institute.


Tai Chi is a low-impact exercise that works well for older adults because it is performed in slow, fluid movements which puts minimal stress on bones and joints. Tai Chi can be done seated or standing, which allows for people to participate at their own ability level. Tai Chi has been shown to prevent falls by:

  • Improving balance
  • Increasing leg strength
  • Reducing fear of falling
  • Improving mobility
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Improving psychological health

This program is one of the many ways Pennsylvania public libraries support the PA Forward Initiative by providing health literacy opportunities for lifelong learning. With a strong health literacy background, Pennsylvania residents can manage their family’s well-being to live longer, more productive lives.

The Brown Library is part of a national “Libraries Transform” effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the information needs of their users.

The program will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing. Registration is required and may be made online at calendar.jvbrown.edu to by calling 570-326-0536.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.