Did you know that osteoarthritis is by far the most common type of arthritis, affecting more people than all other forms combined? While there is limited treatment and no cure for osteoarthritis, adapted physical activity such as walking has proven effective in reducing symptoms.
Consequently the Arthritis Society, Atlantic Region, is launching Steps with Seniors, a self-management walking program for seniors living with arthritis. The six-week program will be offered twice a week in New Glasgow, beginning on Thursday, Aug. 2, and will provide seniors with information and tips to better manage their arthritis and lessen their pain through safe and secure exercise. This session is being held in partnership with Sobeys.
“Nearly one in two seniors has arthritis in Canada and, even more startling, the Atlantic Provinces have the highest prevalence of arthritis than anywhere else in the country,” explains Susan Tilley-Russell, executive director for the Atlantic Region.
The overall aim of the program is to increase physical activity in a social setting. The Steps with Seniors program has many components — with walking being the main activity — and will encourage seniors to be physically and socially active, help reduce pain and disability, increase their sense of control and quality of life and help minimize medical interventions.
This program differs from other walking groups as it includes tips on living well with arthritis, including topics such as healthy eating and weight management; stretching and strengthening exercises; and motivational strategies so seniors will continue walking and be physically active. By being part of a group, seniors will get out into their communities, meet new people and be encouraged to continue walking.
The program runs Thursdays 9-11 a.m. with Munch & Move (Walking Club) at Sobeys Aberdeen, beginning this week, and Munch & Move (Walking Club) will run Wednesdays, starting August 13, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Sobeys Westside.
To learn more about Steps with Seniors or to register, contact the Arthritis Society at 1-800-321-1433, ext. 8233.