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Classes in computing, art, yoga and Tai Chi are all part of the exciting agenda for older people taking place this year at Age Concern Derry.

As always, new members are welcome to all classes, which are held in Age Concern Derry’s headquarters at Malvern House in the Waterside’s Chapel Road.

Yoga classes began again yesterday and look set to run every Monday at 2pm. The classes are free of charge and are the perfect opportunity to get fit in the New Year.

Yoga classes aim to increase flexibility, strength and balance and include breathing practice to energise and relax. Work to your own ability in a non competitive atmosphere.

Tai Chi classes take place every Thursday from 2.15pm and are also free of charge. Tai Chi is a martial arts form which enhances balance and body awareness through slow, graceful and easy body movements. It creates balance, flexibility and calmness.

With an emphasis on deep breathing and using mental imagery thus integrating the mind with the body and is very effective at relieving stress. These classes will recommence this Thursday, January 13.

Age Concern Derry also provide “one to one” computer tuition on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

The computer tuition is tailor made for each older person and you will be taught at your own pace of learning.

This is the ideal way to learn or improve your computer skills; gain confidence in using a computer, whether it be for personal or work use.

Art classes will be starting in January. The classes target various levels of ability including absolute beginners, intermediate and advanced. The course will run for a period of 10 weeks. Numbers are limited so early registration is advised.

As well as the above activities, Age Concern Derry continue to run their usual activities including the weekly tea dance every Wednesday afternoon, snooker, reminiscence evenings, line dancing, bowls and New Age Kurling.

Age Concern Derry run a luncheon club every weekday, in addition to a Meals on Wheels service 7 days per week.

All activities are open to everyone over the age of 60 residing within Derry City Council area.

New members to all activities at Age Concern Derry are always welcome. For further details and to enrol in any of these interesting classes, please contact Age Concern Derry, Malvern House, Chapel Road on: 71. 347478.