Easy Steps for Everyday HealthDid you know that giving yourself a hug is just one of the many easy steps you can take for your everyday health? It helps relax the shoulders, neck, and chest area. Or a simple stretch of the hand, arm, and shoulder can ease stiffness and swelling in fingers and wrists caused by arthritis.

More than 500 older adults living in apartment settings in Malden, Brookline, and Framingham now have access to Easy Steps for Your Everyday Health. This unique program was developed with and for seniors participating in the JF&CS Aging Well at Home program. The goal is to get participants – from the couch potato to the physically active – to make a habit of incorporating exercise into everyday life.

Participants receive their own book, written and designed by Easy Steps instructor Judy Scribner-Moore, with simple exercises that help maintain and improve overall function. Four clinics led by Judy help participants practice exercises and tailor them to their particular circumstances. The value and ease of exercises are reinforced in multiple ways – each participant receives the booklet with simple instructions, clear diagrams, and a “Did You Know?” fact to highlight specific benefits of each exercise.

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