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AWARDS CEREMONY FOX CHASE DAY CENTER Oct. 2107 Larry Goldstein and Paula Boyle
Students at the Fox Chase Adult Day Care were recognized for participating in the center’s tai chi and artistic programs.
Age is only a number: On Sept. 20, participants of Fox Chase Adult Day Care’s tai chi group were recognized for their dedication to the practice. Above, Anthony Bradshaw was one of the honorees. Below, Evelyn Miller thanks presenters Paula Michele Boyle and Larry Goldstein during the event. LOGAN KRUM / TIMES PHOTO
Breathe in, breathe out. Take that energy, and realize it within yourself. By doing that, you create even more energy.
This is some advice dispensed during a typical tai chi class, which can get physically and mentally demanding. That doesn’t stop Northeast Philadelphia residents aged 60 or older from participating, though.
Participants at Fox Chase Adult Day Care practice tai chi every Wednesday, and on Sept. 20 were recognized for their dedication to the practice. Participants ranged in age from the early 60s to 98 years old.
Each week, about 30 students participate in the lessons, which are taught by Paula Michele Boyle and Larry Goldstein. The students received recognition for participation in the lessons, as well as artistic achievement in other activities offered at the adult daycare.
One participant gratefully thanked Boyle and Goldstein, saying her kids were not used to seeing her walk around as energetically as she does now thanks to the lessons.
“We want to show the community there’s modality in music,” Boyle said.
Individuals who were recognized for their work included Margaret Rickard, William Dever, Henrietta Clark, Evadney Hylton, Anthony Bradshaw, Giovanni Dimeo, Evelyn Miller, William Ware, Ernest Griffin, Jean Baptiste, Geraldine Dowdle and John Miller.
As each name was called, the winner was escorted to accept their certificate by two nurses. Some were too eager to wait for the nurses and tried to get themselves to the front without help, which, as Goldstein pointed out, was a sign that the lessons were working and making them more active.
“I think doing an award ceremony is the best way to show our gratitude to them and showing our appreciation,” Goldstein said