Arthritis is a very common condition. Kathy Hilton, a volunteer and advocate with the Arthritis Foundation, tells WGMD that more than 20 percent of Delawareans have arthritis. That includes 50 percent of people with diabetes, and 40 percent of people with hypertension (high blood pressure). While arthritis is commonly thought of as a condition that only affects older people, Hilton says there are 800 children in Delaware who have arthritis, and there are 100 different forms of the condition.
On Saturday, the Foundation and Beebe Healthcare will be hosting their third annual "Better Living With Arthritis" Expo at the Lewes Yacht Club on Cedar Street from 1 to 5 p.m. The expo is free to attend, but registration is required because seating is limited. Dr. Ronald Wisneski from Cape Orthopedics, Dr. Jose Pano from Delaware Arthritis and Beth Rouros from Dynamic Physical Therapy will be speaking about different issues related to arthritis. There will also be a Tai Chi demonstration, and Greg Murvine from Fun Fit Vibe will be demonstrating the Power Plate. The Gardeners Society of Sussex County will be displaying gardening tools that are specially made for people with arthritis. Beebe Healthcare will be offering flu shots and free health screenings. Exhibitors will also have booths set up to offer information about arthritis.
Hilton says the best thing to do for arthritis is to keep moving. She says that can be hard to if you're feeling sore. Hilton also told WGMD that Delaware U.S. Representative John Carney has signed on as a member of the Congressional Arthritis Caucus.
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