We Ease The Pain That Comes With Aging

We Ease The Pain That Comes With Aging

Joan Katz, Resident

Joan Katz takes part in an Arthritis Class at Glenmeadow.

The challenge: Joan Katz was diagnosed with arthritis six years ago—about 18 months before she came to live on our Glenmeadow campus. While she had no pain in her arms or hands, she felt ample throbbing and tenderness in her hips, back, knees, and feet. Walking was extremely painful. A labor.

Our assist: In spring 2019, Joan enrolled in our new Arthritis Class, brainstormed and offered by our certified personal trainer Deb Padden. The class is offered every Thursday at 9:30 a.m., and the room is always full, with roughly 20 older adults in attendance. Gentle music plays in the background as Deb calls out instructions, working the muscles of the head and neck—all the way down through the hips, knees, and feet. “Everyone is seated in the class,” Joan says.

The result: Joan says Deb changed her life. “I’m stronger, more sure of myself,” she says. “I was walking with my face to the floor, and now I am walking with my head straight again. I’m walking so much easier. The pain level has subsided. The exercises have enabled me to use muscles and joints I didn’t think I would ever be able to use again. Life is a lot easier.”

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