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. Then, in early spring this year, Joan enrolled in a new Arthritis Class brainstormed and offered by our certified personal trainer. Roughly a month later, she began telling us that the trainer had changed her life.
“I’m stronger, more sure of myself,” Joan 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.”
Our mission at Glenmeadow is to serve older adults in Greater Springfield in the place they call home by enhancing their lives in body, mind, and spirit. Many older adults can benefit from a class that focuses on easing the pain of arthritis. Joan signed up as soon she learned about the new program. She said it’s offered every week, and the room is always full, with roughly 20 older adults in attendance.
“Everyone is seated in the class,” Joan adds. “The trainer starts by working your head, flexing muscles. They describe what each movement is doing, what group of muscles it is helping in your body. They work down the body to the neck, arms, elbows, fingers, lower back, hips, knees, feet.”
Joan moved to Glenmeadow four and a half years ago. When her three children were young, she traveled around the country with her late husband, George; his work kept them on the go, and they lived in states such as New Jersey and Texas.
When the two older children were college-age and living in the region, and the youngest was in high school, Joan told George it was time to settle down. They moved to this area, and Joan has lived here since. She now has seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
“I’m very involved at Glenmeadow,” she says. “I’m on the resident’s board. I work in the store. I play canasta, and I go out. It seems I’m constantly involved in something.”
Joan feels Glenmeadow keeps her young with its programs, services, compassionate team members members, and lively and active residents. “It was a wonderful day when I moved in here,” Joan says. “Glenmeadow extends life.”