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Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition that causes pain and limitations in ability to perform many activities. It affects many Kentuckians daily. The Department for Aging and Independent Living offers a variety of programs that can help. These programs are listed below.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP)

AFEP created by the Arthritis Foundation is an exercise program that provides a wide variety of activities including: 

• Range-of-motion and endurance-building activities Relaxation techniques
• Health education topics

This program can help to improve functional ability, decrease depression, and increase confidence in one's ability to exercise.

Classes typically meet two or three times per week.

Contact your local Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living to get signed up.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)
The Chronic Disease Self Management Program empowers people with chronic disease to take an active role in managing their chronic conditions. It is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks that focuses on the below topics:

1. Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation;
2. Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance;
3. Appropriate use of medications;
4. Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals;
5. Nutrition;
6. How to evaluate new treatments.

Contact your local Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living to get signed up.


 

Walk With Ease (WWE)
If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain this program maybe for you!

This program was created by the Arthritis Foundation to help people reduce pain and improve overall health.  Even if you do not have Arthritis you may benefit from this program. Benefits of WWE include: 

• It will help motivate you to get into shape.
• Help you to walk safely and comfortably.
• Improve your flexibility, strength, and stamina.
• Reduce pain and help you feel great.

You can participate in this program either individually or in a group setting. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living to get signed up.

 

See Also...
  Stanford Chronic Disease Self Management Program
Official Stanford Chronic Disease Self Management Program Website.

Arthritis Foundation
 

Contact Information
 

Marnie Mountjoy
Department for Aging and Independent Living
275 East Main Street, 3E-E, Frankfort KY 40621
(502) 564-6930, ext. 3526
Marnie.Mountjoy@ky.gov
 
Elizabeth Fiehler
Department for Aging and Independent Living
275 East Main Street 3E-E, Frankfort Ky 40621
(502) 564-6930 ext 3495
ElizabethJ.Fiehler@ky.gov

Jennye M. Grider
Kentucky Department for Public Health
275 E. Main Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40621
(502) 564-7941, ext. 4433
Jennye.Grider@ky.gov

 

Last Updated 4/23/2013
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