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December 10, 2008 > Learn How to Keep Going When You Have Physical Limitations

Learn How to Keep Going When You Have Physical Limitations

Occupational Therapist Will Discuss Tips at Upcoming Women's Center Health Class

The holiday season can be busier than the rest of the year - even overwhelming when you're trying to fit in the fun activities on top of chores and other commitments.

If you're wondering how you're going to get it all done this holiday season, don't let arthritis or another physical limitation slow you down.

On Tuesday, December 16, the Washington Women's Center will hold a free Lunch and Learn session focusing on tools to help women that want to get the upper hand on arthritis or other physical limitations. The class will focus on women who are in their 40s and beyond with arthritis or other physical limitation.

"This is a class to give ladies tools and strategies to get through their daily activities and help them with the added on seasonal tasks like extra writing, cooking and crafts they want or expect to take on," according to Kathy Hesser, R.N., Washington Women's Center coordinator.

The class will be facilitated by Washington Hospital occupational therapist Ida Lee, who will focus on providing participants with compensating techniques to help them keep up with their regular activities even when faced with conditions like arthritis. Lee also serves as the coordinator for the hospital's Arthritis Support Group.

"I will be teaching participants about the resources available to help them be as independent as possible," Lee says. "I educate people on the different types of compensating equipment that's available to help them with activities of daily living, home management, and leisure activities."

During her talk, Lee will demonstrate different types of equipment to aid in getting dressed, home management tasks and arts and crafts activities.

"Women take on a lot of household tasks and also want to continue with seasonal crafts, cooking and other activities," Hesser says. "There are ways and tools to manage these goals, but they also need to make realistic decisions about what activities they will not be able to do and find satisfying substitutes for these activities."

Staying active and finding ways to participate in favorite hobbies and activities is an important element of maintaining quality of life, Lee says. That's why she encourages community members to seek information about how they can maintain independence.

"We have so many resources available that can help people be independent and feel good about themselves, but lot of people do not know about them," Lee says. "This class will be a way for women in the community to get vital information and hopefully lead to an independent life.

"As we age, being able to do things we enjoy becomes more difficult but it's very important for our quality of life that we are still able to do those things."

Bring your lunch and Keep Going!

Keep Going!, a Lunch and Learn class with Washington Hospital occupational therapist Ida Lee, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16, at the Washington Women's Center, located at 2500 Mowry Avenue in Fremont.
To register for a class, call (800) 963-7070.
For more information about services at the center, call (866) 608-1301 or (510) 608-1301.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

The Women's Center's Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program will begin its next class session on Monday, January 12. Classes meet twice a week for six weeks. Call (510) 608-1301 to register or for more information.

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