The PACE program was created for people with arthritis, to keep joints flexible, muscles strong and to help reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. The low-impact class may be taken either standing or sitting, whichever is most comfortable. The routines use gentle range-of-motion movements that are suitable for every fitness level. Classes last approximately one hour and the routines can be quickly learned for easy adaptation at home.
The PACE program was developed by the Arthritis Foundation, the national authority on arthritis in the US. In one research study, individuals who attended the class for four months were found to have reduced their pain by 24 percent and increased confidence in their ability to continue activities by 22 percent. The movements were developed by physical therapists to address the pain, fatigue and decreased strength that often accompany the disease.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with arthritis or who routinely experiences joint pain, stiffness, and/or limited range of motion is invited to attend.
The class covers health education, movement activities, range of motion and strengthening exercises. It may also cover some relaxation techniques and basic Tai Chi moves.
Every class is taught by a certified instructor. Instructors receive detailed training on the PACE exercise program routines, and all instructors undergo regular certification to ensure they have kept up with the latest exercises and arthritis information.
The cost is set by the facility in which the classes are taught. Generally, the cost is around $3.00 per session.
PACE classes are offered at various times and in selected communities around PEI. A complete schedule is posted below.
Simply call the number for the specific location you are interested in, located on the class schedule, or call The Arthritis Society at 628-2288 or 1-800-321-1433 (toll-free).
Yes, ask for our Aqua Arthritis information sheet, to find out about our water exercise programs.
We also have many exercise books and DVDs/videos in our Resource Library, which are loaned out to our Arthritis Registry members (free to join).
You can also find online information in our Exercising Regularly section, or view our Physical Activity & Arthritis Guide [PDF] and Top 10 Exercises [PDF] brochure.
When: Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m.
Where: Atlantic Fitness East, Mount Stewart (Inside Irving Gas Station)
Fees: $5.25 per class or $25.00 for eight classes
Instructors: Angelie Carter and Meaghan Lister
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