The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently reports adults with arthritis were one-and-a-half times more likely to fall and be injured than adults without the disease.
Fortunately, the debilitating effects are manageable through exercise programs designed for older adults with conditions such as arthritis.
Brittany Brown and Nichole Shepard talk more about these types of programs.
Eight adults aged 65+ hospitalized every day in Utah from injuries suffered from falls, many will never leave as falls are leading cause of injury-related death for Utah seniors.
Almost 400,000 people in Utah 18+ have been diagnosed; Over half (52%)of adults aged 65+ in Utah diagnosed with arthritis.
Falls are not a normal part of aging.
Best prescription to prevent falls and manage joint pain is physical activity.
Many hesitate to exercise because of pain, stiffness, fear of falling, and because they don’t know how or what to do.
CDC reports exercise reduces risk of falling by 14-37%
Moderate intensity, low impact exercise such as brisk walking, swimming, cycling, dancing are appropriate activities adults with arthritis can do.
Utah Department of Health sponsors a free class, Enhance Fitness, designed specifically for seniors with conditions like arthritis and balance problems.
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