Exercising the elderly


I would like to introduce my workaway host, this is Cheng-Han Tsai, he runs a community project called Homgoo village, (I talked a bit about this in another post). Cheng-Han supports himself by running activities for local elderly residents, on the outskirts of Jiaoxi, Jilan province, Taiwan.

It’s great to see this level of support for the aged, I’m not sure if everyone gets this type of care here, but nevertheless it’s nice, and I’ll find out. Here this wheel chair bound gentleman, is being encouraged to take part in the exercises, Cheng-Han is very empathetic and effective at engaging with his students.

One of the exercises was to play catch with a balled up rag, I was lucky enough to participate and play catch with one lovely older lady, not only was the exercise good, (I haven’t played catch for a while) but in particular the humour was over flowing, we laughed a lot. Cheng-Han is really an expert at getting everyone moving, participating and having a laugh.

He tells me it is hard work, and I saw this first hand, he really has to use a lot of energy and effort to help these older people to get moving, despite their aches, pains, disabilities. I can relate as I’ve also taught, but with a far younger age group, where all my energy was used up trying to help students and keep them on task, keep the paint flowing, onto the canvas rather than each other.

Thanks for reading, looking forward to sharing more from Jiaoxi soon, Sam.

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