Activities and Events
Each Independence Village community makes it our mission to offer residents events that enable them to maintain a life full of social and educational opportunities. Designed to create a stimulating environment, our activities fall into five categories:
- Wii Bowling Leagues
- Theraputic Ball Exercise
- Walking Clubs
- Tai Chi
- Zumba Gold
- Art & Music History Lectures
- Life History Book Workshops
- Cooking Classes
- Financial, Health & Safety Seminars
- Travel Presentations/Videos
- Live Music Performances
- Happy Hours
- Talent Shows
- Concerts in the Park
- Evenings at the Theater
- Bible Studies
- Various Services
(Denominational and Non-Denominational)
- Worship Services
- Fill the Bus Food Donation Drives
- Knitting for Hospitals
- Adopt a Military Family
- Game Nights for Local Children
Known as meditation in motion, tai chi (pronounced TIECHEE) began as an ancient Chinese martial art and has since developed into a popular form of meditative exercise around the world. Preliminary studies have shown that tai chi can improve posture and coordination, increase muscle strength and balance and reduce stress, among other benefits. And apart from being low impact, it requires no special equipment and costs little, making it especially easy to pick up.
- Stand with your feet wider than your shoulders. Raise your hands over your head and join the tips of your fingers so that your arms form a circle. Inhale and let your body expand. When you exhale, contract your body. Practice breathing for five minutes.
- Place feet shoulder width apart, parallel to each other. Feel your weight on the bottom of your feet and make sure you are balanced.
- Make sure your knees are unlocked and pointing straight ahead.
- Relax your pelvis and lower back. Tuck under the pelvis. Make sure your spine is straight, but not stiff.
- Tuck your chin under slightly. Visualize the head as being suspended from a string so your shoulders, arms and upper ribs can hang freely.
- Breathe through your nose. Focus your breath to a point just below your belly button.
- Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and parallel to one another. Sink back into a slight sitting position, bending the knees a bit and dropping the hips so that you are in a shallow squat.
- Roll your knees out a bit without moving your feet as your knees naturally turn in.
- Relax your tailbone as you lift your arms straight in front of you with palms facing in, as if you were hugging a large tree, and let your elbows relax down. Drop your shoulders and feel the stretch through the back of the neck as you lift your head high.
- Inhale deeply to expand and stretch the body and exhale slowly to release tension from every part of you. Hold for 20 minutes or as long as comfortably possible.
* Content in materials associated with Senior Village Management is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before starting any exercise program or regimen.