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Arthritis Foundation, SunDance team up for education at Keystone Woods

February 20, 2012 SPRINGFIELD — The Arthritis Foundation has formed a strategic collaboration with SunDance Rehab to bring new and improved arthritis exercise and health education programs to Keystone Woods Senior Living Community. Developed specifically for people with arthritis, Arthritis Foundation Life Improvement Series programs are gentle on the joints and have been proven in research studies to reduce arthritis pain and improve ability to do more daily activities. "We are extremely pleased to be working with an organization of the quality and caliber of SunDance Rehab to help members of our community take control of arthritis," Sue Nesci, training instructor of the Arthritis Foundation, said. "Arthritis is the nation's most common cause of disability arthritis and limits activity for 19 million of the 46 million U.S. adults with the disease. It also exacts a hefty financial toll on the country — $128 billion annually. Arthritis Foundation programs can help limit disability, decrease pain and improve quality of life." Paul McCloskey, therapy program manager of SunDance Rehab at Keystone Woods added, "We are proud to be working with the Arthritis Foundation bringing quality programs to the growing number of people with arthritis in our community. Here in Massachusetts, arthritis affects more than 1,1,64,000 people and by 2030 the number of people diagnosed will surge well beyond that. We are pleased to bring Arthritis Foundation programs to the area to help people take control of arthritis." This program features gentle, joint-safe exercises to help relieve stiffness, decrease arthritis pain and improve balance. The course incorporates the optional use of resistance bands and weights for an added workout as well as interactive health education lessons and stress-reducing relaxation techniques to better manage arthritis. The low-impact exercises can be done while sitting, standing or on the floor, led by Arthritis Foundation-certified instructors. For more information or to register for the next session, contact Keystone Woods at 426-9868 or SunDance Rehab at Keystone Woods at 783-3964. Bookmark and Share

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