Flourish: Do you have arthritis?


Arthritis is defined as pain, tenderness and swelling in one or more joins. One common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis where the slippery tissue covering the end of the bones break down. Symptoms of this disease vary but usually include pain, stiffness, swelling, redness and decrease range of motion.

Person with arthritis

Arthritis Risk Factors

  • Gender. Women are more likely to be diagnosed with arthritis than men because they have weaker joints and higher hormone levels.
  • Weight. Those who are overweight are more likely to develop arthritis.
  • Your work. Work that involves repeated bending, squatting or lifting can lead to arthritis in the knees and other joints.
  • Hereditary. Some types of arthritis can be passed down through genes.

Motion is Lotion

Physical activity is vital in managing arthritis. Stiffness can be reduced by simply walking or partaking in another low-impact activity once a day. With those living with arthritis, consider joining Juniper’s Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program. This class is for anyone interested in becoming more physically active. It is particularly suited for people who: 

  • Have a diagnosis of arthritis  
  • Suffer from stiffness, fatigue or arthritis pain 
  • Could benefit from increased physical activity


Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

Upcoming Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program classes:

March 20 – June 26, meeting Mondays and Thursdays
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Offered online and in-person at Edgerton Hi-Rise

April 24 – June 15, meeting Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Various times
Offered online and in-person at The Legends of Cottage Grove

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