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On April 19th, ENACT center director Dr. Julie Keysor attended Understanding Chronic Disease: Arthritis and Diabetes to speak with members of the 12th Baptist Church in Dorchester, MA about daily strategies for living with arthritis.
Dr. Keysor’s talk, titled “Arthritis: Medical Management, Movement, and You!”, generated a lively conversation, full of positive comments about realistic ways to address the impact of arthritis on daily activities.
ENACT proudly participated in two recent community events in Boston:
On March 11, 2012 ENACT Center Director Dr. Julie Keysor presented People’s Baptist Church of Boston, MA with the 6 Million Steps Walking for Wellness Award. ENACT first came into contact with this group in September 2011, when they pledged to walk 5 millions steps in a community walking kick-0ff co-sponsored by ENACT and the Arthritis Foundation, New England Region. This energectic and committed group not only walked those 5 million steps, but an additional million as well! That is no small feat- congratulations to the walking group of People’s Baptist Church.
ENACT participated in a recent community health fair at Greenwood Memorial United Methodist Church in Dorchester, MA. Held March 17, 2012, the “Best Bones Forever” health fair targeted family health with a focus on active living. ENACT participated by providing answers and information about the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle in the presence of rheumatic conditions.
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The recent conference for the American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting (APTA/CSM) welcomed ENACT Center Director Dr. Julie Keysor in presenting current research and future opportunities for research in knee osteoarthritis. Dr. Keysor’s talk generated enthusiastic participation and feedback from attendees.
The report, “National Osteoarthritis Datasets: Opportunities for Physical Therapists”, was developed with Douglas Gross, PT, MSc, ScD and Daniel K. White, PT, ScD.
Congratulations to ENACT Faculty who presented at the recent American College of Rheumatology and Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ACR/ARHP) Annual Scientific Meeting November 6-9th, 2011 in Chicago, IL. Presentations given by ENACT affiliates include:
Michael LaValley, PhD and Dan K. White, PT, ScD presented a standing-room only lecture entitled “To P or Not to P- Knowing When the p-value is Less Than Useful”. The talk focused on the use of p-value in statistical analysis of arthritis research. Please click here to view the presentation.
Julie Keysor, PT, PhD and Saralynn Allaire ScD, CRC were members of an interdisciplinary panel titled, “Keep People with Arthritis Working: An Interactive Case-Based Workshop”. The 2-hour symposium consisted of a “hands-on” workshop on resources to overcome common arthritis-related employment barriers. Participants were very interactive and highly interested in the strategies discussed.
Jessica Maxwell, PT, DPT, OCS with David T. Felson and co-authors presented a poster titled “Does Important Improvement in Function After Knee Replacement Guarantee Good Absolute Function”.
The Health Fair at Rosie’s Place provides an opportunity for women who are poor or homeless to receive free health screenings and wellness information.
Stefanie Howlett, A DPT student at Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, staffed the Arthritis Foundation table at this year’s event. Stefanie has become a certified Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Instructor through a training program offered collaboratively by ENACT and the Arthritis Foundation.
The informational table offered educational materials related to arthritis and pain management and simple exercises that can be done anywhere. Twenty organizations participated in the event and 100 women were served.
Three DPT students at the Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, Laura Furey, Janice Chen, and Stefanie Howlett, are leading the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at the Reggie Lewis Center (RLC) in Boston, MA.
Twice a week, 30 seniors meet to discuss general health topics related to arthritis management, exercise, and falls prevention and participate in an exercise class aimed to enhance strengthening, stretching, and aerobic endurance.
Laura Furey notes ”The class has been great! Each week we have more participants attending our class. The seniors at the RLC are all active and eager to participate in the classes and learn more about exercise. Their high levels of energy and enthusiasm about the class have made this an enjoyable experience. It has been an invaluable experience to promote physical activity within the community and we look forward to the remainder of the classes.”
Congratulations to Laura, Janice and Stefanie for completing the program and becoming certified Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Instructors!
Both the Massachusetts Arthritis Foundation and Boston University’s Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation (ENACT) are committed to providing arthritis support to underserved groups in their own communities. On Saturday, April 30, both groups co-sponsored a consumer forum titled “Arthritis vs. You: Who’s Winning?” The forum was held at Roxbury’s People’s Baptist Church (PBC) and was attended by 40 people. The forum emphasized the importance of staying active with arthritis.
Alveta Haynes, a project manager from Boston University’s School of Public Health and a member of People’s Baptist Church, kicked off the forum and described her own experiences with arthritis. Following the kickoff, the audience engaged in a group song.
Dr. Michael S. Thompson, Senior Orthopedic Surgeon with a specialty in joint replacement surgery at Lahey Clinic, spoke first. His talk, “Treatments of Arthritis of the Hip and Knee,” included both an overview of arthritis and a discussion of joint replacement surgery. Additionally, audience members saw actual components used in joint replacement surgery. PBC’s Reverend Jean-Luc Charles let the group in prayer before lunch.
Then Dr. Maura Iversen gave a talk titled “Winning Strategies for Managing Osteoarthritis.” Dr. Iversen is both a professor and chairperson from Northeastern University’s Department of Physical Therapy. Her talk emphasized the importance staying active and suggestions for doing so, such as using adaptive equipment to protect joints. She then noted research studies that demonstrated that exercise can be as effective as some medications for pain reduction and symptom treatment!
The forum ended with a panel discussion titled “It Worked for Me! Real Life Stories about Thriving with Osteoarthritis.” Julie Keysor, Director of ENACT, lead the discussion with Alveta Haynes. Both Keysor and Haynes shared stories about learning to live with arthritis and staying active.
All participants received pedometers to measure how many steps they take each day. The pedometer could help people increase their daily steps.
The emphasis on physical activity and setting manageable goals encouraged participants to take more control of their arthritis. One participant noted, “I learned that I have to do more to manage my arthritis. I will try to exercise more and manage my pain so that I can stay active.” Another participant stated, “I’m going to start an exercise program. I’ll use the stairs instead of the elevator. I’m going to start slowly and just keep working on doing a little more every day.”
Judith Levine, Vice President of Public Health, Arthritis Foundation New England Regoin, Massachusetts Office, considered the forum a “great way to start” ENACT’s mission of enhancing physical activity in persons with arthritis, particularly those from minority and underserved communities.
Stay tuned for more forums and community activities from ENACT and the Massachusetts Arthritis Foundation!
ENACT and the Arthritis Foundation hosted the first in a series of Consumer Forums, on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at The People’s Baptist Church, 830 Tremont, Roxbury. It was intended to provide information to those suffering from arthritis and their families and friends. Forthcoming Consumer Forums will be announced on this website. Everybody is welcome.
Julie Keysor, director of ENACT, became a dynamic conversation starter this spring. On March 22, Keysor gave an invited talk at the CDC-sponsored public health consortium at the Arthritis, Bone, and Disability Conference in Lansing, Mich. About 75 attendees, ranging from people with arthritis to people who deliver community exercise programs, heard her talk “Active Living with Arthritis—Participation, Environment, and Physical Activity.” Keysor’s talk started an engaging conversation about how to get more patients involved with these programs, develop valuable social connections, and have fun!