‘Exercise Essentials for Healthy Aging’ Subject of UA Arthritis Center’s Living Healthy With Arthritis Lecture, Oct. 7

Free and open to the public, the lecture will provide “An Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Inside Look at Being Smart About Staying Active,” by University of Arizona orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Jolene Hardy, MD.

“Exercise Essentials for Healthy Aging: An Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Inside Look at Being Smart About Staying Active,” a free lecture open to the public, will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 7, 6-7:15 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium (Room 2600), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. The 75-minute presentation will include time for questions and answers, and light refreshments will be provided.

Movement is medicine—whether you are a walker or a weekend warrior, the importance of staying active remains at the forefront of a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a regular regimen of physical activity can significantly increase your chances of healthy aging, both physically and mentally. Research has shown that regular physical activity, even at a moderate level, remains one of the most important lifestyle factors for maintenance of good health as we age. For those with joint pain, injury or limitations, this may be a tall order.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is an increasing need for more information on helping adults age successfully as the population of Americans age 65 and older is expected to double in the next 25 years to approximately 72 million. Due to longer life spans and aging baby boomers, the CDC notes that older adults will account for roughly 20 percent of the population.

Dr. Jolene HardyJoin orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Jolene Hardy, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, as she delves into prevention and treatment of joint pain, sprains and strains while remaining active as we age.

Dr. Hardy will offer an insider’s look into the latest research on the occurrence and treatment of joint issues and how to be smart while staying active. She will discuss primary prevention techniques and the steps to embark upon if an injury occurs. She will explain the appropriate activities to maximize muscle and bone strength and stability and also will discuss the latest news regarding the crucial role that exercise can play in recovery after joint repair or replacement procedures. As sports medicine bridges the gap between science and practice in the promotion of exercise and health, Dr. Hardy will share her expertise for maximizing prime function, mobility and quality of life.

Seating is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, please visit the UA Arthritis Center website, www.arthritis.arizona.edu, or call 520-626-5040 or email livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu

If you have questions concerning access, wish to request a Sign Language interpreter or disability-related accommodations, please contact Tracy Shake, 520-626-5040, email: livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu

Parking is available in the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson visitor/patient parking garage just south of the hospital’s main entrance; please bring your parking ticket to the lecture to be validated.

The lecture is part of the “Living Healthy with Arthritis” series of free monthly talks presented by the University of Arizona Arthritis Center at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology.

The final lecture in the fall 2015 series, held in DuVal Auditorium, will be:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6-7:15 p.m., “Back Talk: How to Treat and Prevent Back Pain,” Patrick Bouley, PT, MS, manager, Physical Therapy Outpatient Services, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, Banner – UMC Alvernon Physician Offices and the UA Cancer Center clinical facilities at 3838 N. Campbell Rd.