News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director | Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director

Melonie Marano, Commissioner | Paul Drake, Commissioner | Doug Singleterry, Commissioner


July 6, 2021

Somerset County Basking Ridge Senior Wellness Center Offers Free Outdoor Tai Chi Classes

Donations Are Accepted to Help Support Older Americans Act Programs

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Join the Somerset County Senior Wellness Center’s “Tai Chi for Health,” a free program that helps residents age 60 and above relieve stress and achieve better balance. The 16-week, outdoor program will occur every Wednesday beginning July 14 to Oct. 27, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Somerset County Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge, located at 202 Mount Airy Road, Basking Ridge. Class size is limited, and registration is required by July 9. There is a suggested donation of $32 that is non-refundable.

Exercises in “Tai Chi for Health” are ideal for older adults and experience is not necessary. In this program, participants will practice Tai Chi, a gentle exercise consisting of a sequence of very slow and controlled movements combined with Sun Tai Chi, which emphasizes health and balance through breathing and posture. Participants will move using both sides of the body and a variety of movement-combinations to help improve mobility. The goal is to help older adults improve their balance, strength, and flexibility. It will also help participants relieve stress, support their ability to relax, and boost the body’s immune system.


To register, or for more information contact Office on Aging & Disability Services, Health Promotion Specialist, Al Offredo at 908-203-6101 or via email

at Registration may be mailed back to participants if the class becomes filled.



The Tai Chi for Health is a program made possible through the Older Americans Act (OAA). Programs and services that are offered by the Office on

Aging & Disability Services through the OAA, rely on donations to continue providing programs that serve older adults. Donations help reduce the potential for residents to be placed on waitlists and provides funds for the expansion of programs. Donations that are received at registration are not considered fees and cannot be refunded.

Older Americans Act

The Older Americans Act (OAA) authorizes a wide array of service programs through a national network of 56 state agencies on aging, 618 area agencies on aging, nearly 20,000 service providers, 281 Tribal organizations, and 1 Native Hawaiian organization representing 400 Tribes. The OAA also includes community service employment for low-income older Americans, training, research, and demonstration activities in the field of aging, as well as vulnerable elder rights protection activities.


Office on Aging & Disability Services

The Office on Aging and Disability Services connect seniors, their caregivers and adults with disabilities to the programs and services they need to remain independent and active in their community.


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