Living well with arthritis

Longford branch of Arthritis Ireland is running a “Living Well with Arthritis” Programme. The initiative is a programme of non-medical interventions, designed to complement the medical treatment of arthritis with simple but effective techniques.

It will enable you to manage and understand the various elements of your arthritis more effectively, helping you to enjoy the everyday again.

This award-winning acclaimed workshop has been proven around the world to be an important part of the prescription of effective arthritis treatment by decreasing pain, reducing reliance on health professionals and medication and improving the overall sense of well being.

This is a globally licensed course (Dr. Kate Lorig, R.N., Dr.P.H., is an American registered nurse and professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also the director of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center).

This course will start on Tuesday 19th of February 2013, venue: The Family Centre, St Mel’s Road. The course is a six week modular programme, which runs over 6 Tuesday Nights, time: 7pm sharp to 9.30pm. Numbers are limited, to confirm your place on this course, contact Loretta Doyle on 086 8160080 for more information and an application form.

A.G.M: We recently held our A.G.M. Elected officers for Longford Branch of Arthritis Ireland are Chairperson: Loretta Doyle, Vice Chairperson: Mary Henry, Secretary: Rebecca Minnock , Treasurer: Margaret Hughes, PRO: Maria Keelty. and Mary O’Hara. Ms Anne Gannon Nutritionist therapist gave a very informative presentation about food in relation to Arthritis, everybody gained valuable information on good foods and bad foods in relation to arthritis.

Aqua fit: Evening sessions of Aqua fit with Martha will be re-starting in the on Thursday January 31st at 7.50pm for 7 Weeks the cost is 45.00 euro. Morning sessions of Aqua fit with Martha will be re-starting on Tuesday 5th of February for 7 weeks cost 45.00 euro and take place in the Longford Arms Pool. More information contact Martha 085 734 1790 or Loretta Doyle 086 816 0080

“Joints in Motion” – Strolling group will re-start on Thursday 14th of February. Everyone meets in the reception area of the Mall at 11 am. We will do a short warm up with Mary Henry. Everyone is welcome to come and join us on this stroll around the Mall. The “Joints in Motion” walk is organised by Arthritis Ireland every year.

This year’s “Joints in Motion” walk, will be all the more memorable, as it is the year of the Gathering, Each and every county in Ireland is represented at this event which is held in the Phoenix Park mid to late May.

Over 20 members of Arthritis Ireland, Longford, Roscommon, Westmeath, branches, took part in this fun walk, in 2012, which was grand marshalled by John Murray, from R.T.E. Radio 1.

This is a day which is filled with fun, meeting new people, being given loads of encouragement along the route by volunteers who give of their time freely.

It’s about setting yourself a goal, whether it’s 1km, 2.5 km or the whole 5km, it doesn’t matter whether you walk, run, or go as slow as a snail, it’s about taking part.

Whether you, yourself have Arthritis, or a friend or a family member do, it’s all about getting those “Joints in Motion”. For more information, contact Loretta at 086 816 0080.

Tai-Chi: Classes are in the planning stages for March. If you are interested in participating in these classes, or to confirm your place on this course contact Loretta at 086 816 0080.


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