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Senior workshop on chronic illness management begins

Published 8:12pm Friday, February 15, 2013

About one out of 10 Americans, or 25 million people, experience major limitations due to chronic diseases, the release said.

“The center is being used to get this information out,” Price said. “There’s a lot involved in those types of diseases for each person to handle.”

Price said those who attend at least four sessions will be entered in a drawing for a Walmart gift card.

Door prizes and refreshments will be available at each session, and attendees’ caregivers are welcome. The last session will be March 22.

The Clanton Senior Center is located at 500 Enterprise Road in Clanton.

To enroll in Living Well Alabama or for more information, call the Clanton Senior Center at 205-755-3248 or M4A at 1-866-570-2998.

Along with the workshop series, the center will begin offering the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10–11 a.m. for six weeks.

“This is about anybody that suffers from any type of arthritis,” Price said. “Exercising can improve those joints.”

According to Price, exercises as simple as flexing one’s fingers to work finger joints are part of the program, which was created to help all arthritis sufferers, regardless of the severity of their conditions.

“It’s on a modified basis so that no matter what age you are, you can do it,” Price said. “We’re not trying to address the teenager who can do 25 sit-ups. It’s to help seniors who have suffered from arthritis for 10 years and (to) make it more bearable.”

Price and an M4A representative will co-teach the arthritis classes as Price obtains certification to teach the classes by herself, and her goal is eventually to turn the classes into a permanent program at the center.

“It will just be another activity we can add to the center on a weekly basis,” Price said.

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