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New program helps those with arthritis

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Part time Wildernest resident Sue Rollins sits on a chair and goes through some arthritis exercises with fitness instructor Renee Rogers Monday morning at the Silverthorne Recreation Center. Rogers is proposing a class to help people with arthritus. For more information call, 262-7374.

SILVERTHORNE – Summit County residents suffering from arthritis now have an opportunity to improve their condition, as well as meet and commiserate with other people with arthritis. People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE) is a new class being offered by the Silverthorne Recreation Center and is spearheaded by fitness coordinator Renee Rogers. The purpose of the class, according to Rogers, is to help people with arthritis through various physical exercises and social interaction with other arthritic people. “My goal is just to get these people to begin an exercise program that will make their overall quality of life better,” said Rogers, in her fifth year at the Silverthorne Recreation Center. “We want them to feel better -whether it be physically, emotionally or socially.”

The one-hour classes, which are scheduled to take place twice a week at the center, include different exercises for both the mind and body. The classes will begin with a specialized warm-up to increase range of motion throughout the joints; participants then conduct endurance workouts to increase cardiovascular fitness. Next, participants will engage in a movement-based game, which incorporates an enjoyable way to work on agility and balance. The sessions conclude with a stretching cool-down, followed by a final relaxation. In preparation for the classes, Rogers traveled to Denver and participated in a two-day certification course with the Arthritis Foundation. In Denver, Rogers said she participated in hands-on classes dealing with specific exercise that help with treatment of the disease.

“I know that there are people up here who can benefit from this type of class,” Rogers said of PACE, which is the first of its kind to be offered in Summit. “It’s kind of geared toward people who are not currently active – more sedentary people. Hopefully the class will jump-start that activity.” Rogers also noted that while arthritis seems to be especially prevalent in older people, some cases of arthritis infect men and women as young as their early twenties. “There are over 100 different types of arthritis,” Rogers said. “This program will get the body moving, but it’s not just physical – we also incorporate the emotional and psychological side.” According to Rogers, some of the benefits of a course such as PACE can include reduced stiffness in joints, an improved psychological and emotional outlook, and less weight to carry on aching bones.

“It’s very exciting to have it here for the first time, and hopefully we will be able to promote it and help some people,” Rogers said. “As they say, a body in motion stays in motion.”The classes are slated to begin on July 19 at 10:15 a.m. They are offered Mondays and Wednesdays, and officials have requested that interested people register by Thursday. Class fee is $35 for passholders and $42 for non-passholders. Rogers said that special classes can be offered for people who are unable to attend at regular class times. She can be reached at (970) 262-7374.

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