INDIANA (WLFI) - Gardening enthusiasts who suffer from arthritis could benefit from an upcoming webinar that says you can still find ways to continue that hobby.
The National AgrAbility Project at Purdue is hosting the free webinar to give an overview of gardening tasks and the relationship between arthritis pain management and gardening activities. The webinar, "Gardening with Effective Arthritis Management" begins at 3 p.m. on May 28.
"Those with arthritis don't necessarily have to give up this popular pastime because they have arthritis pain," National AgrAbility Project manager Paul Jones said. "This webinar will help show them how they can continue to enjoy it."
Purdue says arthritis is the No. 1 disability-causing disease in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 50 million Americans have been diagnosed with at least one form of arthritis.
In addition to the enjoyment it brings, gardening is also a beneficial activity for maintaining range of motion, bone density and strength, joint flexibility and overall quality of life, Jones said.
Topics to be discussed at the one-hour webinar include:
- Arthritis limitations and barriers.
- Tools and techniques for planting, weeding and harvesting.
- Ergonomic and mobility issues.
- Selection of proper growing media and plant varieties.
Amber D. Wolfe, National AgrAbility Project coordinator for the Arthritis Foundation, and Stephen J. Swain, assistive technology specialist for the National AgrAbility Project, will lead the presentation.
Wolfe serves as a national resource for rural arthritis issues and provides training workshops for professionals and consumers. Swain conducts disability and accessibility assessments of farms, homes and businesses and works in cooperation with Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation.
A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.
You can register here by Friday, and instructions for accessing the webinar will be sent to you by Tuesday.
For more, call 800-825-6264 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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