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FOR RELEASE: September 4 , 2005
Aging With Activities Promotes Health and Quality of Life
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and Oklahoma Arthritis Network (OAN) are encouraging seniors to stay active and celebrate September, Healthy AgingŪ Month, by attending the Oklahoma State Fair on Senior Day, September 21.
As a part of Healthy AgingŪ Month, seniors, especially those affected by arthritis, are encouraged to schedule and participate in local activities to exercise and improve their quality of life. According to OSDH public health officials, 56 percent of adult Oklahomans 65 years of age and older have been diagnosed with arthritis of some type.
“Early diagnosis and appropriate self-management strategies such as physical activity will help delay and possibly prevent disability from conditions such as arthritis,” said OSDH Arthritis Program Coordinator and occupational therapist, Marisa New.
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability and most prevalent chronic condition in the United States, limiting the activities of more than 16 million adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Health Interview Survey found that arthritis affects 33 percent of adults between the ages of 55-64; 45 percent of adults between 65-74; and 55 percent of adults older than 75. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions.
Locally, Senior Day at the Oklahoma State Fair will be Wed., Sept. 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m. All seniors age 55 and older will be admitted free that day.
The “Golden Age Celebration” will feature the following free health screenings:
Senior health and recreation exhibits include:
Additional activities on Senior Day include: Jazzercise Wake Up and Work Out, Golden Age Contest, Scavenger Stroll, Senior Royalty Contest, Antique Tractor Parade, Senior Spelling Bee, and a Senior Swing Dance.
The OSDH and OAN are working to improve the quality of life for people affected by arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. For information about the Senior Day at the State Fair view this Web site: http://oklahomastatefair.com/seniorday.html.
For information about the OAN and their monthly meetings, contact OSDH Arthritis Program Coordinator Marisa New at 405/271-9444 ext. 56410, or visit the OSDH Web site at www.health.ok.gov/program/apep.
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