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The Auburn Senior Center in connection Cheryl Kerchenski, director of the Russellville Senior Center will be holding an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Class at the Auburn Senior Center, 160 Wrenwood Drive on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 2 through Oct. 23, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.

The benefits of this class are many, including helping reduce pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. The class will be taught by Kerchenski.

Scientific studies have shown that physical activity can reduce pain and improve function, mood, and quality of life for adults with arthritis. Physical activity can also help manage other chronic conditions that are common among adults with arthritis, such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Physically active individuals are healthier, happier and live longer than those who are inactive and unfit. This is especially true for people with arthritis. Yet, arthritis is one of the most common reasons people give for limiting physical activity and recreational pursuits.

In addition, decreased pain tolerance, weak muscles, stiff joints and poor balance common to many forms of arthritis can be made worse by inactivity. For many older people with arthritis, joint and muscle changes due to aging can make matters worse. Therefore, for the person with arthritis, the right kind of exercise is very important.

“Many seniors suffer from arthritis, so being able to offer these class for free is exciting.” said April Pawley, Director of the Auburn Senior Center, who added she tries to schedule as many exercise programs as she can at the center. Pawley noted that a lot of seniros are on a fixed income and by hosting the classes locally, seniors won’t have the expense of travel time and gas.

“Being able offer something like this in Auburn is great,” added Pawley, who also commended Kerchenski for her commitment to senior care by bringing the classes to Auburn.

Anyone 55 or older is invited to attend the classes. You do not have to be a resident of Auburn to attend the Auburn Senior Center or participate in the many activities held there.

For further information about the program call Pawley at 270-542-8223.

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