Expanding waistlines, inactivity and an aging population are contributing toward an arthritis epidemic that will impact the lives and wallets of all Americans. Already the nation’s most common cause of disability, the impact of the disease is yet to be realized. Nearly one in five U.S. adults (46 million people) has arthritis and an estimated 67 million people will be affected by 2030. Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common type of arthritis, currently affects nearly 27 million people in the U.S. More over, because of the link between osteoarthritis and inactivity, more than half of adults with diabetes or heart disease also have arthritis, and these numbers are expected to increase as rates of osteoarthritis skyrocket. DID YOU KNOW: • Arthritis is not only a disease that affects the elderly. Symptoms of osteoarthritis can begin as early as age 40 and progress slowly. • Being overweight and physically inactive can increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis by two-thirds in your lifetime. • Even small amounts of weight loss and physical activity can decrease the pain and disability of osteoarthritis. • For every one pound of weight loss, there is a four-pound reduction in the load exerted on each knee. • Physical activity keeps joints flexible and maintains or improves muscle strength. • Osteoarthritis typically affects only certain joints, such as the hips, hands, knees, lower back and neck. For information about Fight Arthritis Pain go to www. fightarthritispain.org. Fight Arthritis Pain was developed in a partnership with the Arthritis Foundation and the AdCouncil focusing on reaching adults 55+ who are currently living with or are at risk for osteoarthritis, and empowering them to take simple steps that can change the course of the disease and improve the quality of their lives.

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INSIDE April 2010
Central IN Update . . . . . . . 3 Southern IN Update . . . . . 4 Northeastern IN Update . . 5 Northern IN Update . . . . . 6 Dinner & Gala Team . . . . . 7 Indiana Arthritis Walks . . . 8 AgrAbility . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Health Promotion . . . . . . . 13 Aquatics Programs . . . . . . 14 Exercise Programs . . . . . . 15

We are proud to be going green. To save paper and reduce cost we are offering our chapter newsletter, Arthritis Action, in an electronic format. Please email krich@arthritis.org to begin receiving your newsletter in your email in-box. The newsletter contains all upcoming programs, special events and arthritis news you can use.

Arthritis Action is Now an E-Newsletter


The Indiana Arthritis Foundation is on Facebook,Twitter and Scribd!
Facebook The Indianapolis Arthritis Foundation is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Facebook Fan Page. The fan page is a place where event pictures and updates are posted. To become a fan of the foundation simply search Arthritis Foundation, Indiana Chapter on Facebook or find a link on the Indiana Arthritis Foundation website. Twitter Tweet, tweet, the Indiana Arthritis Foundation is now on Twitter! You now can follow AFIndiana on Twitter for the latest Foundation updates. Find links to useful information about arthritis and upcoming events.

Social Media

Executive Director Jenny Conder Director of Development B.J. Farrell AgrAbility Coordinator Amber Wolfe Scribd Branch Director, Southern Region What is Scribd? Scribd is the Vicki Eichmiller largest social publishing company Branch Director, Northeastern Region in the world. The Indianapolis ArMarni Mastbaum thritis Foundation uses Scribd to Branch Director, Northern Region post monthly event e-newsletters Beth Harsch including the Indinapolis Arthritis iMove and the Indianapolis Jingle Bell Run/Walk’s Shoestring. Chair Starting in April, Arthritis Action, Diana Hensch the Indiana Arthritis Foundation’s Secretary newsletter, will also be posted Melissa Helman here. To subscribe to the Foundation’s posts on Scribd, search for Board Members AFIndiana from the Scribd home Gail Altekruse, PT Tom Lazoff, MD William Berghoff, Victor Martin page. If you have any questions about the Indiana Arthritis Foundation’s social networks please contact Kendall Rich at krich@arthritis. org or 317.879.0321 ext. 207.
MD David Campbell, MD Darlene Degener Missy Garman Geoff Gephart, RN Nancy Gethers Kim Harris, RN Tom Hayhurst, MD James Khan Cookie Mastbaum Jessica Masuga Shelly Miller Vicki Morreale Sharon Myers Tricia Neff Gregg Salser Treva Strasen, RN Bonnie Wacker Bruce Wright

Amy Havens Gordon Hughes, MD Jane Keller, RN Stan Phariss

Chair Patricia Milner Vice Chair Richard Seaver, CFP Secretary Marianne Marsh Immediate Past Chairman Kevin Mandrell, CLU, RHU Board Members

Diana Ruschhaupt Bill Staples Todd Vare Steven Warner, CPA

Natali Balog, MD Barry Bilger Ron Clark, MD Shawn Conery Jim Frain Jerry Langley Dave McCaffrey

Chair Judd McNally Vice Chair Jill Donnelly Secretary Jinny Longbrake Board Members

Cindie McPhie Joe McPhie Lisa Redden Amy Smith Doris VanAuken, PhD Jeff Yergler, MD


Dan Barfield LeAnn Cooper Tina Densley Brenda Egbert Charlie Hall Gary Knowles Jane Hormuth, MD

President Mike Rupprecht Vice President Gregg Utley Secretary Diane Masterson Board Members

Charlene Laib Debbie Poole, RN Barb Reynolds Stephanie Roberts Brian Taylor Ross Whitacre, MD Joe Yeckering

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Central IN Branch
Boilermakers ‘Boiler Up’
On Sunday, March 28th, 211 people from Purdue University raised more than $8,000 during the 4th annual Purdue Arthritis Walk with money still being collected. Participation in this years walk increased 215 percent from 2009. The Arthritis Walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event that supports public awareness and raises funds to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability.

This once-a-year opportunity helps improve the lives of the 46 million adults and nearly 300,000 children living with arthritis in the U.S. By 2030, it is projected that the number of Americans with arthritis will surpass 67 million. In addition to causing pain, this serious and sometimes deadly disease costs the U.S. economy $128 billion each year. “We are so grateful for companies, organizations and individuals who came together at the Purdue Arthritis Walk to honor their loved ones and help raise funds needed to find a cure for arthritis,” said Dr. Kim Plake, APHA-ASP Purdue Arthritis Walk Faculty Advisor. “The funds raised during the Purdue Arthritis Walk help support critical Arthritis Foundation research and programs to improve the quality of life for people living with arthritis.” The Purdue Arthritis Walk was planned by Purdue University Pharmacy Students. Thank you Tasha Woodall, Event Chair; Alex Kubat, Sponsorship Chair; Veronica Vernon, Logistics Chair; Kristin Muccigrosso, Public Relations Chair; Jaclyn Myers, Team Recruitment Chair; Katie Jacobs, Event Day Chair; and Kim Plake, Faculty Advisor! Amgen and Pfizer are the national presenting sponsors of the Arthritis Walk. Other national sponsors include Nature Made, Biomet, Tylenol Arthritis Pain and Arthritis Today. Local sponsors include Family Pharma Care Center, Inc.; Clarian Arnett Health; The Plake Family, Michael, Kim, Katy and Anna; CVS Pharmacy; Pfizer; SuperValu; Humana MARKETPOINT; Casey’s General Store; Kroger; Marsh; Purdue Employees Federal Credit Union; Steven F. Farrell, CPA, ABV, CFF; AOII; Arni’s Restaurant; Lafayette Orthopaedic Clinic; Nature’s Pharm; St. Vincent Health and Walgreen’s. You can still donate money to the Purdue Arthritis Walk by going to http://AWPurdue.kintera.org. The Event Beware: The Arthritis Foundation’s second Bone Bash presented by Humana MarketPOINT event will take place on Friday, October 29, 2010. This event is the newest, hippest fundraising music event for Halloween weekend. The costumed affair will be entertained by Henle and the Loops. Close your eyes and imagine… monstrous decorations, costume awards, fortune teller and rockin’ entertainment to dance the night away. Continued on page 7. 317.879.0321 • indiana.arthritis.org • Arthritis Action

2010 Indianapolis Bone Bash


Southern IN Branch
First Annual Evansville

Presented by Alcoa Warrick Operations and Marshall Safety and Environmental
The Arthritis Foundation’s first annual Evansville Bone Bash event will take place on Friday, October 15, 2010 at Kirby’s. This event is the newest, hippest fundraising music event for Halloween. Close your eyes and imagine… monstrous decorations, costume awards, fortuneteller, silent and live auctions and rockin’ entertainment by Avery’s Ride to dance the night away. This event is set to honor Dr. Whitacre who specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. After graduating from medical school at West Virginia University, he completed an internship in general surgery at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He then completed residency training at the University of Michigan. His interests include electrodiagnostics and musculoskeletal medicine with special attention to minimally invasive techniques to treat disorders of the spine. Dr. Whitacre is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also a member of the International Spine Intervention Society, Physiatric Association of Sports, Spine, and Occupational Rehabilitation, and the American Medical Society. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and sons, travel and sports of all kinds. Dr. Whitacre has been on the Southern Indiana Arthritis Foundation Board for the past three years. The Evansville Bone Bash committee is currently seeking sponsors and auction donations. Individual tickets are set to go on sale in July. For more information about this haunted event please contact Vicki Eichmiller at 812.474.1381 or veichmiller@arthritis.org.

Arthritis Advocacy and Kids Summit


Dorie Taylor and family recently attended the Arthritis Advocacy and Kids Summit. While in D.C., she was able to meet with Rep. Ellsworth’s aide (left), Sen. Bayh’s aide Patrick Miller (center) and Sen. Lugar’s aid (right).

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Northeastern IN Branch
The Northeast Indiana Branch is proud to present their 9th annual Celebration of Wine and auction event. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 9th, at Biaggi’s Ristorante at Jefferson Pointe in Fort Wayne. The committee is currently working on obtaining new and exciting items for both the live and silent auction. This is a must see event—save the date and stay tuned for further details!

9th Annual Celebration of Wine

Ft. Wayne

Upcoming Events!

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Sunday May 16th- Fort Wayne Arthritis Walk Saturday May 22nd- Warsaw Arthritis Walk Saturday October 9th- Celebration of Wine Sunday November 7th- Fort Wayne Jingle Bell Run Saturday November 13th- Warsaw Jingle Bell Run

Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Support
Meetings in 2010 will be held on the third Tuesday of every month at the Parkview Women’s Health Center, 11123 Parkview Plaza Drive, Suite 200. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m., last anywhere between an hour and an hour and a half, and are of conversational nature. No reservations necessary. All are welcome! For additional information contact mmastbaum@arthritis.org

Tai Chi Update
You asked and we listened... . Back by popular demand, we will soon be offering Tai Chi classes again in the Fort Wayne area. We are actively working with Kingston Care Center and Parkview Women’s Health Center, and are in the final stages of solidifying both days and times. For more information contact Marni Mastbaum at 260.672.6570 or email inquiries to mmastbaum@arthritis.org

Here’s to your Health
When you choose the “To Your Health” license plate, you are supporting eight Indiana health organizations. What a healthy way to support our community! Available at all Indiana license branches. For more information call 1.866.644.4007 or visit www. healthlicenseplate.com. This license plate supports the Arthritis Foundation, Indiana Chapter, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association of Indiana, American Red Cross, Hemophilia Indiana, Indiana AIDS Fund and the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana. 317.879.0321 • indiana.arthritis.org • Arthritis Action


South Bend

Northern IN Branch
Night at the Cove
Join us for a night of Silver Hawks baseball on Friday, May 28th at 7pm at the Cove in South Bend. Stay after the game for Friday Fireworks! Tickets are $6 each. Proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Call 574.251.1424 to purchase tickets.

Golf FORE! Healthy Joints
Wednesday, June 23 Knollwood Country Club, Granger Lunch at 12noon – 12:30pm Shotgun Take a swing at arthritis and join us on the beautiful Knollwood Country Club golf course. Cost is $250 per player. Team of four is $1,000. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Call 574.251.1424 or email bharsch@arthritis.org for more information.

Tailgate Party & Auction at Notre Dame
Saturday, September 18 ND v MSU

Watch the Fighting Irish take on the Michigan State Spartans on the big screen, enjoy tailgate food and bid on exciting auction items. Items on the auction block this year: • Jamaican vacation • ND Football Tickets • Golf Packages • Dinner Party in Your Home • Shopping Sprees and much, much more. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Have an item to donate? Call 574.251.1424 or email bharsch@ arthritis.org with donations, to purchase tickets or for more information. To help companies increase productivity and reduce insurance costs, the Arthritis Foundation offers a complimentary lunch and learn program. The topic is “Promoting Wellness: Keeping Arthritis From Affecting Your Bottom Line” (additional topics may also be chosen – we are happy to work with you to find the perfect fit). The session is free for you and your employees. We only ask that you provide a place and time for employees to participate. The objectives of the one-hour session are to: • • • Recognize the signs and symptoms of arthritis, carpal tunnel, and other related diseases Discuss the treatment options and resources available for people with arthritis Identify prevention and management strategies for better living with arthritis

Lunch & Learn

If you’re interested in scheduling a Lunch & Learn in the South Bend / Elkhart area, or simply want to learn more about it, contact Beth at 574.251.1424 or bharsch@arthritis.org. Employees can brown bag-it or the company can provide lunch.


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B.J. Farrell, Director of Development for the Indiana Arthritis Foundation, was named one of six Arthritis Foundation employees nationally to be on the 2010 Dinner and Gala Team.

Indiana Dir. of Development on National Dinner & Gala Team!

The Dinner and Gala Team is a dynamic and living think tank designed to create new ideas and develop practices and strategies to foster financial growth and carry out the mission of the Arthritis Foundation. Farrell not only was asked to be on the team but also was asked to be the Bone Bash lead along with Tracy Preston, National Office Cause Development Director. As the Bone Bash lead, Farrell will develop national Bone Bash resources and materials for chapters to use and look for ways to improve Bone Bash branding, concept, materials, resources and sponsorship. Farrell has been with the Indiana Arthritis Foundation for five years as an Evansville Board Member, the Evansville Branch Director and currently the Director of Development for Indiana. The four other people on the 2010 Dinner and Gala Team with Farrell and Preston include: Nancy Johns, Wisconsin Chapter Director of Development, Marketing and PR; Rudy Breedy, New York Chapter Vice President of Development; Jan Bignall, Eastern Missouri Chapter Director of Development and Barry McBride, Tennessee Chapter Director of Development MS/TN.

2010 Honoree Frank R. Kolisek, MD

2010 Indianapolis Bone Bash Cont.

Dr. Kolisek received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana in 1982. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria in Peoria, Illinois in 1986. After graduation, Dr. Kolisek completed an internship in General Surgery at University Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida and a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Kolisek also completed a one year fellowship in Arthritic Reconstructive Surgery of the Hip and Knee at Emory University and the Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia in 1992. Dr. Kolisek has given numerous regional, national and international presentations on hip and knee arthroplasty and serves as faculty at instructional courses. He is involved in clinical research, serves as a principle investigator for several clinical studies and is involved in the design of hip and knee implants and instrumentation. He routinely uses minimally invasive surgical techniques in his practice, as well as computer assisted surgical techniques. He has published several scientific articles in peer reviewed orthopaedic journals. Dr. Kolisek serves as the President of OrthoIndy and is a member of many professional societies, including: the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Indiana Orthopaedic Society, the Indiana State Medical Society, the Mid-America Orthopaedic Society, the Indianapolis Medical Society and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Practice Focus Computer Assisted Surgery Hip and Knee Arthritis Surgery Minimally Invasive Surgery Total Joint Replacement Partial Joint Resurfacing President OrthoIndy 2005-present

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Potawatomi Park (Near IUSB) Registration Opens at 12:30 p.m. Walk Begins at 1:30 p.m. Earn Prizes Raise $100 – Get the Arthritis Walk T-Shirt Raise $250+ – You pick from great prizes! Top Fundraisers will receive additional prizes. Get more info at www.ArthritisWalkPrizes.org Get Free Stuff From food to valuable health information and neat giveaways. Fun includes balloon magic, HealthWorks! Hummer, face painting, and more! Local Sponsors: Sounth Bend Clinic, UCB, Memorial Hospital, South Bend Medical Foundation, American Nursing Care, Humana MarketPOINT, Press Ganey and SBO

South Bend - May 2nd

Evansville - May 8th
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve 551 N Boeke Rd Evansville, Indiana 47711 (all times are Central) 7:30 a.m. 8 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9 a.m. Registration Table Open Home Depot Kids Shop begins Heidi from Bob’s Gym starts warm up with Zumba Congressman Brad Ellsworth will officially start the walk

This year’s honree is Payton Pierce. At six-years-old Pierce was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Payton’s symptoms included stiff joints, difficulty making it up and down stairs, fever and a lower growth rate, just to name a few.

Ft. Wayne - May 16th
Franke Park 1:45 p.m. The 2010 Fort Wayne Walk for Arthritis (1 or 3 mile course) is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 16th. Given the number of registered walk participants grew from 39 in 2008 to 213 in 2009, we are excited to share that we are moving our event to the larger Franke Park Pavilion (#1), so as to adequately accommodate for our growth. On-site registration begins at 1 p.m., with a walk start time of 1:45 p.m. Canine companions are welcome. We are looking forward to having an even bigger and better event in 2010, so lace up those sneakers and Let’s Move Together! For more information contatct Marni at mmastbaum@arthritis.org or call 260.672.6570. You can register online at arthritiswalkfortwayne.kintera.org.


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Warsaw - May 22

Winona Lake Senior Center 1:45 p.m.

The 2010 Warsaw Walk for Arthritis (1 or 3 mile course) is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 22nd, at the Winona Lake Senior Center. On-site registration begins at 1 p.m., with a walk start time of 1:45 p.m. Canine companions are welcome. Grab a friend, start a team, and Let’s Move Together to increase arthritis awareness in your community! For more information contatct Marni at mmastbaum@arthritis.org or call 260.672.6570. You can register online at arthritiswalkwarsaw.kintera.org.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. Walk begins at 7 p.m. New Location! Admiral Spruance Basin Bring your family and friends out to the Indianpolis Arthritis Walk. The first 100 kids at the walk will get to do a craft with the Southport Home Depot. You can walk as little as you like or complete the entire 5K. Raise $100 in donations to receive your offical Arthritis Walk t-shirt. The 2010 Honoree is Lexi Freeman, five-year-old, who has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Local sponsors include Conseco, St. Francis Joint and Spine Center, Greenwood Orthopaedics, St. Vincent Health, Marsh, The Indianapolis Foundation, AARP, Southport Home Depot, Indiana Members Credit Union, Humana MarketPOINT, Merchandise Warehouse, Robin Run Village, P & P Golf Car Rental, Party Time Rental, Eagle Trident, IPL, Grand Rental Station, My 107.9!, Larry Blake Wedding Photography, AOII, Steven F. Farrell, CPA, ABV, CFF, Biogen Idec, Mason Family Chiropractic & Wellness, Circle City Chiropractic, Rheumatology Associates, P.C., The Scoop, UCB and Biomet Heartland.

Indianapolis - June 5th

Dubois - September 11th
John Bohnert Park 7:30 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9 a.m. Registration Table Open Warm Up Walk Starts

This walk will honor Terry Andry and family. Look for more information about the Dubois County Walk in the future on arthritis.org keyword: Indiana. You can also contact Vicki Eichmiller at 812.474.1381 or veichmiller@arthritis.org for informaton.

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Indiana AgrAbility
The Indiana Arthritis Foundation is committed to being involved as a nonprofit, disability related partner supporting the mission of the USDA National AgrAbility Project. Our goal is to provide education and support of agricultural professionals and their families who have been affected by arthritis so that a farmer, rancher, or farm worker may continue to live a productive life in agriculture.
As the spring season begins, keep in mind a few simple solutions that can be implemented to help control joint stress and pain in farming situations: wearing quality, non-slip footwear; using appropriate assistive aids; proper posture when sitting for long periods of time in tractors; using the largest joint possible to complete a task; avoid gripping and grasping for long periods of time; simplify jobs and tasks and pace the amount of time working throughout the day; avoid jumping off of tractors or wagons.

Upcoming Educational Events
• • Shipshewana Auction Opening Week Celebration- May 5-7, Shipshewana, IN Indiana Rural Health Association Annual Conference- June 15-16, Indianapolis, IN

For more information about the Arthritis and Agriculture Program please contact Amber Wolfe, AgrAbility Project Coordinator at 1.800.783.2342 or awolfe@arthritis.org. You can also visit www.arthritis-ag.org for more information!


For more information about the Indiana AgrAbility Program, please contact the Purdue University Breaking New Ground Resource Center 1.800.825.4264 or www.breakingnewground.info.
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National AgrAbility
The vision of AgrAbility is to enable a lifestyle of high quality for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America.
Arthritis and Agriculture Website! WWW.ARTHRITIS-AG.ORG This website focuses on the issues of farming, ranching, and working in other agricultural careers while suffering from the effects of arthritis. Please visit this site for information regarding monthly health tips, resources, a calendar of events, and more!

Farmer Scholarships Available!

The National AgrAbility Program hosts an annual workshop for AgrAbility staff, clients, professional partners, farmers, ranchers, and family caregivers. Topics of discussion include assistive technology, arthritis, disability awareness, prosthetic devices, mobility, medicaid, social security, business planning and more. The 2010 Workshop is being held from October 11-14th in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Arthritis and Agriculture program has farmer scholarships available for a farmer or rancher to attend this workshop at no cost! Please call Amber Wolfe at 1.800.783.2342, or email awolfe@arthritis.org for more information or to obtain an application. This scholarship opportunity is open to any farmer or rancher across the US that has been affected by arthritis.

Upcoming Educational Events

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Vermont Arthritis and Agriculture Workshops- April 14-15 Maryland Arthritis and Agriculture Workshops- April 29-30 National Rural Health Association Annual Conference- May 18-21, Savannah, GA National Institute of Farm Safety Annual Conference- June 26-31, Wilmington, NC

For more information about the National AgrAbility Program please call 1-800-825-4264, email agrability@agrability.org, or visit www.agrability.org for more information!

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Honor a Loved One
Honor your loved ones with a gift to the Arthritis Foundation and help others at the same time. Your meaningful gift… • Funds vital arthritis research in many institutions across the country. The Arthritis Foundation is the only nationwide, nonprofit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis by leading efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases – the nation’s leading cause of disability. • Is used to efficiently fund arthritis research and to provide vital community programs and services. • Supports multiple services such as education programs, toll-free information line, exercise programs, advocacy on arthritis issues and more. • Gifts received from caring friends like you are used to help people right in your community. Your gift funds research and community services needed to help fight America’s leading cause of disability. Thank you for your support. Donor’s Name Address City, State, Zip Phone Email

Enclosed is my gift for $ made payable to the Arthritis Foundation. I understand that my gift will be acknowledged and is deductible for tax purposes. Credit Card Payment Information Card Number Signature This gift is given: In memory of Please indicate special occasion: Please indicate disease type: Please inform Address City, State, Zip At no charge, please send me information on: Wills and Bequest Arthritis Foundation Membership Special Events Expiration Date

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Living with arthritis and maintaining one’s independence can be a challenge for many of the 46 million people living with the disease. Routine tasks around the house from cleaning to doing laundry can prove especially problematic. Through its Ease-of-Use program, the Arthritis Foundation is recognizing companies that provide solutions to this dilemma. When it comes to chores like laundry, simply loading and unloading clothes can prove too hard for people with arthritis. Whirlpool’s Duet washer and dryers received the Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use commendation for easier access for loading, unloading and filling dispensers. Optional pedestals also offer optimal ergonomic access while reducing bending. Housework like vacuuming and cleaning bathrooms and kitchens can also be made easier thanks to Ease-ofUse products. The Oreck XL® upright vacuums can ease the strain on hands and wrists and make it much easier to keep carpets clean. When it comes to scrubbing those problem areas in and around the house, SonicScrubbers® hand-held household cleaning products can reduce the amount of effort it takes. Learn about other products that can make life with arthritis easier with arthritis by visiting www.arthritis. org or by calling your local chapter at 800.783.2342. You probably know being overweight can lead to a number of medical conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. However, have you ever thought about how obesity affects your bones and joints? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 60 percent of American women are overweight. Obesity can cause difficulties with exercising and performing normal activities, such as getting in and out of a car. This, in turn, places a person at risk of putting excessive wear and tear on the joints. “As you can imagine, being overweight greatly impacts your joints,” said James Bicos, M.D., board-certified orthopedic surgeon with St.Vincent Orthopedics. “This type of joint destruction happens most often in women who have a genetic predisposition to osteoarthritis and who aren’t getting enough calcium in their diet.” Repairing the Damage Despite many scientific advancements, medical research has not produced medicines to cure people of deterioration associated with arthritis. Fortunately, painful symptoms can be managed with injections of cortisone—an anti-inflammatory medication. However, the most valuable preventive treatment can come through regular exercise and weight loss. “Weight loss and exercise are excellent methods to help slow down the deterioration,” Dr. Bicos said. “Always consult your physician before starting an exercise regimen or special diet.” The Arthritis Foundation appreciates the support of St. Vincent Health and for providing the information in this article. For more information about this article visit www.stvincent.org or call 317.415.5885. For more information about the Arthritis Foundation visit indiana.arthritis.org or call 317.879.0321. 317.879.0321 • indiana.arthritis.org • Arthritis Action

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Aquatics Programs
Angola YMCA of Stuben County 260.668.3607 Batesville Southeastern Indiana YMCA 812.934.6006 Beech Grove Benedict Inn 317.788.7581 FW Orthopedics 260.436.8686 Kingston Care 260.489.2552 Jorgensen YMCA 260.432.8953 YMCA-Central Branch 260.422.6486 Frankfort Clinton County YMCA 765.654.9622 Greensburg Decatur County YMCA 812.663.9622 Goshen Goshen College 574.535.7500 Hobart Family YMCA 219.942.2183 Indianapolis Hill Top Pool 317.259.5275 Baxter YMCA 317.881.9347 Jewish Community Center 317.251.9467 Krannert Community Center 317.327.7375 Ft. Ben Harrison YMCA 317.547.9622 Northeast Fitness Center 317.257.1004 Rehab Hospital of Indiana 317.329.2000 Westview Healthplex 317.920.7516 Ransburg YMCA 317.357.8441 Thatcher Pool 317.327.7390 Select Physical Therapy 317.298.9746 Kokomo Family YMCA 765.457.4447 Kokomo Sports Center 765.455.0167 Lafayette YMCA 765.474.3448 LaPorte LaPorte County YMCA 219.325.9622 Michigan City YMCA 219.872.9622 Mishawaka St. Joseph Regn. Medical Ctr. 574.237.7800 Mooresville St. Francis Physical Therapy 317.831.9333 Muncie Motion Analysis Ther. Complex 765.751.2555 New Albany YMCA of Southern IN 812.283.9622 Noblesville Riverview Rehab & Fitness 317.776.7225 Plainfield Plainfield Parks & Recreation 317.839.7665 Plymouth Fitness Forum 574.936.2333 Rochester Fulton County Wellness 574.223.3657 South Bend Pro Health 547.232.3034 Valparaiso YMCA 219.462.4185

Self-Help Programs
Elkhart Elkhart General Hospital 574.523.3242 Ft. Wayne Parkview Hospital 260.672.6570 Indianapolis Westview Healthplex 317.920.7468 Plymouth Fitness Forum 574.936.2333 South Bend Memorial Health Discovery Ctr 574.647.2131

Bloomington Monroe County YMCA 812.332.5555 Garden Villa 812.330.6715 Bluffton Bluffton Regional Medical Ctr. 260.824.3500 Carmel The Bridgewater Club 317.399.2446 Prime Life Enrichment 317.815.7008 Riverview Rehab & Fitness 317.705.4350 Crawfordsville Crawfordsville Aquatic Center 765.364.3247 Evansville YMCA of SW Indiana 812.423.9622 Dunigan Family YMCA 812.401.9622 YWCA 812.422.1191 Bob’s Gym 812.490.2627 Fishers Fishers YMCA 317.595.9622 Fort Wayne Turnstone Center 260.483.2100 Spiece Fitness 260.483.1415


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Exercise Programs
Exercise Programs
Batesville Waters of Batesville 812.934.9389 Bedford Westview West Therapy Clinic 812.275.5593 Butler Laurels of Dekalb 260.868.2164 Carmel Prime Life Enrichment 317.815.7008 Sunrise Senior Living 317.810.0276 Evansville S.W.I.R.C.A 812.464.7804 Fort Wayne PACE Fitness 260.497.7223 Frankfort Paul Phillippe Resource Center 765.659.4060 Indianapolis Christamore House 317.635.7211 Indy in Motion 317.221.2000 Crestwood Village 317.273.8800 Odon Parkview Village 317.636.6000 Plymouth Fitness Forum 574.936.2333 Williamsport Waters of Williamsport 765.762.6111 Zionsville Zionsville Physical Therapy 317.273.2033

Tai Chi For Arthritis
Beech Grove Hornet Park Fitness Ctr. 317.788.4986 Carmel Prime Life Enrichment 317.815.7008 Riverview Rehab & Fitness 317.705.4350 Danville Sr. Services of Hendricks Co. 317.745.4303 Dillsboro Lifetime Resources 812.265.5376 Elkhart First Presbyterian Church 574.264.3109 Greenwood Sacred Space Healing Ctr 317.881.YOGA Indianapolis Pleasant View Lutheran Church 317.253.0872 St. Vincent Women’s Hospital 317.415.8160 Crestwood Village 317.271.6475 Mary Riggs Center 317.639.6106 George Goodwin Center 317.247.5201 National Inst. For Fitness/Sports 317.274.3432 Westview Helthplex 317.920.7468 Zion United Church 317.891.0312 Millers Senior Living 317.834.6892 Kokomo Kokomo Sports Center 765.455.0167 Mooresville St. Francis Physical Therapy 317.831.9333 Muncie Ball State Work Well Center 765.285.9355

Tai Chi For Arthritis
Noblesville Riverview Rehab & Fitness 317.776.7225 Odon Ketcham Memorial 812,636.4920 North Davies Fitness 812.636.2019 South Bend YMCA of Michiana 574.287.9622 Holly Cross College 574.239.8364 Zionsville Zionsville Meadows 317.873.5205 The Arthritis Foundation offers a variety of programs for people in the community with arthritis. Join us and see how we can help improve living with arthritis. Aquatic Programs These warm water classes are a great way to stretch, and soothe stiff, sore joints. No swimming is required and you’ll enjoy yourself while we make exercise fun! Call the numbers listed for class times and cost. Exercise Programs These are gentle recreational-based exercise programs that let you go at your own pace to help increase joint flexibility, muscle strength, and improve range of motion. Arthritis Self-Help Programs The Arthritis Self-Help Program (6 weeks) is a disease management course focused on arthritis and fibromyalgia. Classes meet for 2 hours once a week and cover a variety of topics, including pain and stress management, exercise, relaxation techniques, medications, and communicating with your health care team for more effective treatment. Tai Chi for Arthritis An easy to learn, effective and safe exercise program developed specifically for those with arthritis. Tai Chi improves strength physically and mentally. To request information Call 317.879.0321 or 800.783.2342 Or Visit www.arthritis.org

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