Stories, Tips and Resources   ||   Issue #7 December 2015 Dear Reader, Gee, almost the end of the year and time certainly flies. And in the past two

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Stories, Tips and Resources   ||   Issue #7 December 2015

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Dear Reader,

Gee, almost the end of the year and time certainly flies. And in the past two weeks I've been literally flying. In that time I've travelled to Adelaide, Hobart and Perth to run our Aged Care Chair Chi Training Level 1 and Level 2 workshops. That's a total of six public workshops and a lot of airports and kilometers.


It's tiring but fun and I've now grounded myself to catch up on all the bits 'n' pieces that need to be done which includes this issue of Good Chi News.

As this will be the final issue for this year, I'll wish all my readers a wonderful festive season - including lots of fun and relaxation. :) Good Chi News will return in January.

Chris Bennett
Chris Chi

Wanna Fight


You do need a sense of humour when working in the aged care sector.

During one of my Chair Chi sessions on a Friday a resident stared at me fiercely and yelled, 'Wanna fight'.

By the way he shaped up throwing air punches while seated, he definitely looked like an ex-boxer.

To diffuse the situation I said, 'No, I don't fight Friday's, that's my day off''.

2016 Chair Chi Training


Sue and I are working on our 2016 Chair Chi Training public workshop schedule and will publish the dates when we finalise the details in January.

Locations will include Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide, and Perth. We may offer it in regional centres but that will depend on interest and time available to run these popular workshops.

As an alternative to the once a year public workshops in each state we do offer onsite training anywhere in Australia. A cost effective option if there are several participants from the one organisation interested.

For details for onsite training please contact me and I'll email you the details.

Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's


Although intended mostly for family members and home based carers, this article is also interesting to read for anyone working in the aged care sector.

It talks about some of the latest research and lists the main early warning signs. And, as they say:

Noticing symptoms early on is still the first line of defense in Alzheimer’s management. When it seems like normal forgetfulness has escalated, it’s time to take that next step, for your loved one and yourself, and seek a diagnosis as soon as possible.

It can be a useful resource to share with residents' families as well!

Tai Chi Light Globe


Here's a corny joke I thought you may enjoy.

It's a reminder not to take ourselves too seriously. :)

Q - How many Tai Chi practitioners does it take to change a light globe.

A - None, they're too busy 'embracing the tree'.

Strong Push for Tai Chi


Here's an article by Flynn Murphy on the value of Tai Chi for the elderly.

It also includes comments on ageing, qigong, exercise and research reports.

Pilot Study & Video Clip


Now that I'm back from my jet setting adventures I'll be working on the Chair Chi Plus Pilot study report and the Chair Chi video clip.

Here's where I'm up to:

1) Chair Chi Plus Pilot Study
Study completed and now working on the report which will be published and freely available

2) Chair Chi Video Clip
All three aged care centres filming completed comprising of interviews with staff, residents and vision of Chair Chi workshops.

I'm trying to complete these projects by the end of the year but more than likely they will be completed by the end of January.