Liam Uses His Calming Touch

Mon, 2001-09-10 01:00

A teenager is using his skills to teach elderly residents a new fitness technique.

Liam Murphy, 19, will be teaching residents at Peterlee Care Home the art of tai chi every week from next month. Liam who lives in Peterlee and attends East Durham College volunteered at the Westcott Road-based home as part of his Prince's Trust programme.

He loved it so much he asked to go back as a weekly instructor. 
Liam has already held two weekly tai chi sessions with residents and after completing three more weeks of his 13-week course, he will return and continue the class every week.

During his two weeks at the home, Liam who wants to go to university and study to be a vet, helped residents with activities, including making cakes and running bingo games as well as teaching tai chi, knowing for its relaxation techniques. 

Angela Rushton, the homes activities co-ordinator, said  “When Liam joined the Prince's Trust course, he chose our home for his placement. He has three weeks left of his course and then he is going to come back every Thursday to teach tai chi. Our residents are over the moon.”  

Liam teaches tai chi to residents in a seated environment, but Angela said they will really notice the health benefits.

“Tai Chi is good for the upper body muscles and bones and good for depression as well,” she added.  

“They really joined in the first session and Liam was quite surprised. He is such a lovely lad and it is the first time we have had anything like tai chi at the home.”