Tai Chi for PD

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 operates 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.

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 class focuses 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.


When: Fridays, 11:15 p.m.–12:15 p.m. (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, 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (Seated or Standing)

Where: Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Rd, Snellville, GA 30039

Cost: One free trial class; $6/class (through April, then $10/class)

Please call the Centerville Community Center at 770-985-4713 to register

Instructor: Sam Evans


When: Tuesdays, 2:15 p.m.– 3:15 p.m. (Standing)

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

Registration/Reservations: Registration with the Centerville Community Center required. No registration or reservations necessary for your free trial class at the Decatur or Morningside locations. Contact the Parkinson's Foundation or Bob Wells of the Yellow River Center  at 404-786-4650 or wellscom@comcast.net  to confirm the class you wish to attend has not been cancelled for the day.


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