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October 20, 2006

St. Francis College Expands Opportunities for Senior Citizens

New Tai Chi Class Meets With Overwhelming Response

St. Francis College is pleased to announce an exciting new array of services for senior citizens throughout New York City. Grants from the New York City Council have made it possible for St. Francis College to offer Tai Chi in the school's brand new fitness center, additional use of the swimming pool, computer classes, writing classes, lectures and movies.

"At St. Francis College our mission is to serve more than just the students who enroll here," said President Frank Macchiarola. "We are committed to serving our entire community."

Tai Chi instructor Thuha Bui says that Tai Chi is the perfect exercise for senior citizens, "It is good for balance, flexibility and circulation. Tai Chi also helps with pain relief and when you concentrate on the sequences and poses, you help your memory too," said Bui. Bui has been teaching Tai Chi for five years now in places like the Arthritis Foundation. "It helps with your mind, spirit and body," she added.

The participants in the Tai Chi class are all new to the discipline and are already enjoying the benefits. The demand has been so high that there is a waiting list of almost 100 people. St. Francis College is now looking into expanding the class so more seniors in the community can participate

For Seniors is an award winning program that serves thousands of senior citizens in the Brooklyn and Queens area. It is a free service provided by the college.

St. Frais has also opened its doors to more than 100 local groups and organizations in the past two years including, Adoptive Parents Committee, the Brooklyn Heights Association, Catholic Charities, Early Childhood Direction Center and The Junior League of Brooklyn.

For information about For Seniors events call (718) 489-5372.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.
St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

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