Updated: Apr 11, 2021
The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) is a free class that allows seniors to share experiences and learn a variety of range-of-motion and endurance-building activities, relaxation techniques, and health education topics.
AFEP is a low-impact recreational exercise program that incorporates a brief educational component. It aims to improve functional ability, self-confidence, self-care, mobility, muscle strength, and coordination, while reducing fatigue, pain, and stiffness.
2019 Cedar City Senior Center AFEP class led by Linda Peterson
“Studies show that physical activity can reduce pain and improve function, mood, and quality of life for adults with arthritis. Physical activity is also important for the management of other chronic conditions that are common among adults with arthritis, such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity,” said Kristina Raner of the Area Agency on Aging, “Attending AFEP teaches participants how to safely increase their physical activity to manage arthritis and other chronic conditions.”
With multiple exercise activities, including warm-up, range of motion, stretching, strengthening, cardiovascular endurance, and cool down, AFEP is great for adults with arthritis of all activity levels. The exercises can be modified to meet participant needs. The program’s demonstrated benefits include improved functional ability, decreased depression, and increased confidence in one’s ability to exercise.
Classes resuming soon! Interested in attending? Let us know!
Contact Maria, 435-673-358 or email@example.com.