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Fight Arthritis Pain INSIDE April 2010

Expanding waistlines, inactivity and an aging population are contributing
toward an arthritis epidemic that will impact the lives and wallets of all Central IN Update . . . . . . . 3
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 Southern IN Update . . . . . 4
(46 million people) has arthritis and an estimated 67 million people will
Northeastern IN Update . . 5
be affected by 2030.
Northern IN Update . . . . . 6
Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common type of arthritis, currently
affects nearly 27 million people in the U.S. More over, because of the Dinner & Gala Team . . . . . 7
link between osteoarthritis and inactivity, more than half of adults with
Indiana Arthritis Walks . . . 8
diabetes or heart disease also have arthritis, and these numbers are
expected to increase as rates of osteoarthritis skyrocket. AgrAbility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

DID YOU KNOW: Health Promotion. . . . . . . . 13

• Arthritis is not only a disease that affects the elderly. Symptoms of
Aquatics Programs . . . . . . . 14
osteoarthritis can begin as early as age 40 and progress slowly.
• Being overweight and physically inactive can increase your risk of Exercise Programs . . . . . . . 15
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. Arthritis Action is Now an Fight Arthritis Pain was developed E-Newsletter
in a partnership with the Arthritis Foundation and the We are proud to be going green. To save paper
AdCouncil focusing on reaching adults 55+ who are and reduce cost we are offering our chapter
currently living with or are at risk for osteoarthritis, and newsletter, Arthritis Action, in an electronic
empowering them to take simple steps that can change format. Please email to
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programs, special events and arthritis news you
can use.

Social Media
The Indiana Arthritis Foundation is Chair
on Facebook,Twitter and Scribd! Patricia Milner
Vice Chair
Facebook Richard Seaver, CFP
The Indianapolis Arthritis Foundation is celebrating the one-year an- Secretary
niversary of its Facebook Fan Page. The fan page is a place where event Marianne Marsh
pictures and updates are posted. To become a fan of the foundation Immediate Past Chairman
simply search Arthritis Foundation, Indiana Chapter on Facebook or find Kevin Mandrell, CLU, RHU
a link on the Indiana Arthritis Foundation website. Board Members
Amy Havens Diana Ruschhaupt
Twitter Gordon Hughes, Bill Staples
Tweet, tweet, the Indiana Arthritis MD Todd Vare
Foundation is now on Twitter! Jane Keller, RN Steven Warner,
You now can follow AFIndiana Executive Director Stan Phariss CPA
on Twitter for the latest Founda- Jenny Conder
tion updates. Find links to useful Director of Development
information about arthritis and B.J. Farrell Chair
upcoming events. AgrAbility Coordinator
Judd McNally
Amber Wolfe
Vice Chair
Scribd Jill Donnelly
Branch Director, Southern Region
What is Scribd? Scribd is the Secretary
Vicki Eichmiller
largest social publishing company Jinny Longbrake
Branch Director, Northeastern Region
in the world. The Indianapolis Ar- Board Members
Marni Mastbaum Natali Balog, MD Cindie McPhie
thritis Foundation uses Scribd to Barry Bilger Joe McPhie
Branch Director, Northern Region
post monthly event e-newsletters Ron Clark, MD Lisa Redden
including the Indinapolis Arthritis Beth Harsch Shawn Conery Amy Smith
iMove and the Indianapolis Jingle Jim Frain Doris VanAuken,
Jerry Langley PhD
Bell Run/Walk’s Shoestring. Dave McCaffrey Jeff Yergler, MD
Starting in April, Arthritis Action, Chair
the Indiana Arthritis Foundation’s Diana Hensch
newsletter, will also be posted Secretary
here. To subscribe to the Founda- Melissa Helman
Mike Rupprecht
tion’s posts on Scribd, search for Board Members
AFIndiana from the Scribd home Gail Altekruse, PT Tom Lazoff, MD
Vice President
page. William Berghoff, Victor Martin Gregg Utley
MD Cookie Mastbaum Secretary
If you have any questions about
David Campbell, Jessica Masuga Diane Masterson
MD Shelly Miller Board Members
the Indiana Arthritis Foundation’s Darlene Degener Vicki Morreale Dan Barfield Charlene Laib
social networks please contact Missy Garman Sharon Myers LeAnn Cooper Debbie Poole, RN
Kendall Rich at krich@arthritis. Geoff Gephart, RN Tricia Neff Tina Densley Barb Reynolds
org or 317.879.0321 ext. 207. Nancy Gethers Gregg Salser Brenda Egbert Stephanie Roberts
Kim Harris, RN Treva Strasen, RN Charlie Hall Brian Taylor
Tom Hayhurst, MD Bonnie Wacker Gary Knowles Ross Whitacre, MD
James Khan Bruce Wright Jane Hormuth, 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

The Event
2010 Indianapolis Bone Bash
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.

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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

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

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Northeastern IN Branch Ft. Wayne
9th Annual Celebration of Wine
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!

Upcoming Events!
• 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

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

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.

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.

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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 for more information.

Tailgate Party & Auction at Notre Dame

Saturday, September 18

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@ with donations, to purchase tickets or for more information.

Lunch & Learn

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

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 Employees can brown bag-it or the
company can provide lunch.

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

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

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

2010 Indianapolis Bone Bash Cont.

2010 Honoree Frank R. Kolisek, MD
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

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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South Bend - May 2nd
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

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, Ameri-
can Nursing Care, Humana MarketPOINT, Press Ganey and SBO

Evansville - May 8th

Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve
551 N Boeke Rd Evansville, Indiana 47711
(all times are Central)

7:30 a.m. Registration Table Open

8 a.m. Home Depot Kids Shop begins
8:45 a.m. Heidi from Bob’s Gym starts warm up with Zumba
9 a.m. 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 Ar-
thritis. 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 or call 260.672.6570. You can register
online at

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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 or call 260.672.6570.

You can register online at

Indianapolis - June 5th

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. Vin-
cent 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.

Dubois - September 11th

John Bohnert Park

7:30 a.m. Registration Table Open

8:45 a.m. Warm Up
9 a.m. Walk Starts

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

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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 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

• 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, or visit 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 ef-
forts 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.
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Health Promotion
Tools to Make Household Chores Easier
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-of-
Use 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.
Is Your Joint Pain Tied to Weight?
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

“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

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 or call 317.415.5885. For more

information about the Arthritis Foundation visit or call 317.879.0321.
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Aquatics Programs
Angola FW Orthopedics Lafayette
YMCA of Stuben County 260.436.8686 YMCA
260.668.3607 Kingston Care 765.474.3448
Batesville Jorgensen YMCA LaPorte
Southeastern Indiana YMCA 260.432.8953 LaPorte County YMCA
812.934.6006 YMCA-Central Branch 219.325.9622
Beech Grove Michigan City
Benedict Inn Frankfort YMCA
317.788.7581 Clinton County YMCA 219.872.9622
Bloomington Mishawaka
Self-Help Programs Monroe County YMCA
Decatur County YMCA
St. Joseph Regn. Medical
Garden Villa 812.663.9622 574.237.7800
Elkhart 812.330.6715
Elkhart General Hospital Goshen Mooresville
Bluffton Goshen College St. Francis Physical Therapy
Ft. Wayne Bluffton Regional Medical 574.535.7500 317.831.9333
Parkview Hospital Ctr.
260.672.6570 260.824.3500 Hobart Muncie
Indianapolis Family YMCA Motion Analysis Ther.
Westview Healthplex Carmel 219.942.2183 Complex
317.920.7468 The Bridgewater Club 765.751.2555
317.399.2446 Indianapolis
Plymouth Prime Life Enrichment Hill Top Pool New Albany
Fitness Forum 317.815.7008 317.259.5275 YMCA of Southern IN
574.936.2333 Riverview Rehab & Fitness Baxter YMCA 812.283.9622
317.705.4350 317.881.9347
South Bend Jewish Community Center Noblesville
Memorial Health Discovery Ctr Crawfordsville 317.251.9467 Riverview Rehab & Fitness
574.647.2131 Crawfordsville Aquatic Krannert Community Center 317.776.7225
Center 317.327.7375
765.364.3247 Ft. Ben Harrison YMCA Plainfield
317.547.9622 Plainfield Parks &
Evansville Northeast Fitness Center Recreation
YMCA of SW Indiana 317.257.1004 317.839.7665
812.423.9622 Rehab Hospital of Indiana
Dunigan Family YMCA 317.329.2000 Plymouth
812.401.9622 Westview Healthplex Fitness Forum
YWCA 317.920.7516 574.936.2333
812.422.1191 Ransburg YMCA
Bob’s Gym 317.357.8441 Rochester
812.490.2627 Thatcher Pool Fulton County Wellness
317.327.7390 574.223.3657
Fishers Select Physical Therapy
Fishers YMCA 317.298.9746 South Bend
317.595.9622 Pro Health
Kokomo 547.232.3034
Fort Wayne Family YMCA
Turnstone Center 765.457.4447 Valparaiso
260.483.2100 Kokomo Sports Center YMCA
Spiece Fitness 765.455.0167 219.462.4185

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Exercise Programs
Exercise Programs Tai Chi For Arthritis Tai Chi For Arthritis
Batesville Beech Grove Noblesville
Waters of Batesville Hornet Park Fitness Ctr. Riverview Rehab & Fitness
812.934.9389 317.788.4986 317.776.7225

Bedford Carmel Odon

Westview West Therapy Clinic Prime Life Enrichment Ketcham Memorial
812.275.5593 317.815.7008 812,636.4920
Riverview Rehab & Fitness North Davies Fitness
Butler 317.705.4350 812.636.2019
Laurels of Dekalb
260.868.2164 Danville South Bend
Sr. Services of Hendricks Co. YMCA of Michiana
Carmel 317.745.4303 574.287.9622
Prime Life Enrichment Holly Cross College
317.815.7008 Dillsboro 574.239.8364
Sunrise Senior Living Lifetime Resources
317.810.0276 812.265.5376 Zionsville
Zionsville Meadows
Evansville Elkhart 317.873.5205
S.W.I.R.C.A First Presbyterian Church
812.464.7804 574.264.3109 The Arthritis Foundation offers a variety of
programs for people in the community with
Fort Wayne Greenwood arthritis. Join us and see how we can help
PACE Fitness Sacred Space Healing Ctr improve living with arthritis.
260.497.7223 317.881.YOGA
Aquatic Programs
Frankfort Indianapolis These warm water classes are a great way
Paul Phillippe Resource Center Pleasant View Lutheran Church to stretch, and soothe stiff, sore joints. No
765.659.4060 317.253.0872 swimming is required and you’ll enjoy yourself
St. Vincent Women’s Hospital while we make exercise fun! Call the numbers
Indianapolis 317.415.8160 listed for class times and cost.
Christamore House Crestwood Village
317.635.7211 317.271.6475 Exercise Programs
Indy in Motion Mary Riggs Center These are gentle recreational-based exercise
317.221.2000 317.639.6106 programs that let you go at your own pace to
Crestwood Village George Goodwin Center help increase joint flexibility, muscle strength,
317.273.8800 317.247.5201 and improve range of motion.
National Inst. For Fitness/Sports
Odon 317.274.3432 Arthritis Self-Help Programs
Parkview Village Westview Helthplex The Arthritis Self-Help Program (6 weeks) is a
317.636.6000 317.920.7468 disease management course focused on arthritis
Zion United Church and fibromyalgia. Classes meet for 2 hours once
Plymouth 317.891.0312 a week and cover a variety of topics, including
Fitness Forum Millers Senior Living pain and stress management, exercise, relaxation
574.936.2333 317.834.6892 techniques, medications, and communicating
with your health care team for more effective
Williamsport Kokomo treatment.
Waters of Williamsport Kokomo Sports Center
765.762.6111 765.455.0167 Tai Chi for Arthritis
An easy to learn, effective and safe exercise
Zionsville Mooresville program developed specifically for those with
Zionsville Physical Therapy St. Francis Physical Therapy arthritis. Tai Chi improves strength physically
317.273.2033 317.831.9333 and mentally.

Tai Chi For Arthritis Muncie

Ball State Work Well Center
To request information
Call 317.879.0321 or 800.783.2342
765.285.9355 Or Visit
Garden Villa

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Central Indiana
615 N. Alabama, Suite 430
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone 1.800.783.2342
Fax 317.876.5608

Southern Region
700 N. Weinbach
Suite 102
Evansville, IN 47711
Phone 817.474.1381
Fax 817. 474.1390

Northern Region
P.O. Box 8345
South Bend, IN 46660
Phone 574.251.1424
Fax 574.251.1425

Northeastern Region
11123 Parkview Plaza Dr.
Suite 206
Ft. Wayne, IN 46845
Phone 260.672.6570
Fax 260.672.6571

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