We know that the diagnosis of a serious illness brings with it a myriad of feelings and that it can feel like you’re riding an emotional roller-coaster. Turning Point’s programs offer support and teach resilience skills to reduce stress and enhance overall well-being.
In the face of illness, people often have questions about practical issues such as Medicare and Medicaid, wills and advance directives. They may also be concerned about nutrition, and asking, “What can I eat NOW?” Our programs answer practical questions while giving sound, research-based information.
In the midst of illness it’s easy to think that creativity is a luxury. Our creativity-based programs allow people the opportunity to tap into a part of themselves that, often, they either didn’t know they had or had lost touch with some time ago.
Body movement programs are another integral part of our programs. Programs such as Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates have been shown to help participants reduce pain, lessen stress, help increase balance, flexibility and core strength and induce relaxation.
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Tai Chi Instructor, author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi & Qigong"
Harvard Health Publication states that T’ai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion”for the myriad health benefits it offers. The British Heart Foundation recommended T’ai Chi for heart treatment programs after a study found that T’ai Chi reduced BNP levels (a measure of heart failure). Other research has shown T’ai Chi may help reduce depression, promote relaxation, improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and increase exercise capacity. This gentle, yet powerful, T’ai Chi class is open to people who have been diagnosed with heart disease and to their primary supporters.