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Educational Programs

Contact our office at (704) 331-4878 for more information about any of the following services.

Homebound Opportunities for Public health arthritis Education (HOPE)

In 2010, Mecklenburg County was the FIRST in the nation to receive HOPE or a program of its kind. This homebound arthritis educational service replicates the evidence-based program, "I'm Taking Charge of my Arthritis," developed by Canadian researcher, Sophie La Forest, PhD.

A continuation of the CAP, HOPE seeks to take arthritis education a step further by providing support for those arthritis sufferers confined to their homes. Certified county instructors in the HOPE program enter the homes of 10 arthritis-stricken individuals each round to bring them meals provided by the Department of Social Services-Senior Nutrition Program (DSS-SNP) and develop exercise and other self-management goals each week. The purpose includes keeping arthritic persons functioning at their highest level of wellness and remaining independent as much as possible.

For more information about the HOPE program or Mecklenburg County homebound services, please contact us.

The Community Arthritis Project (CAP)

We call it 'The CAP.' Beginning in 2006, Arthritis Services went mobile, taking a bundling of services to seniors at local community sites to help them learn the best strategies for coping with arthritis pain. Call our office to find out where these services are being offered now and in the near future.

This is a collaborative project with our community partner at the Division of Social Services Senior Nutrition Program. If you are over age 60, you qualify to participate in the Senior Nutrition Program. Find out more here.

Functional Fitness Classes

Arthritis Services offers two ongoing fitness classes to help people take control of their arthritis. Led by a licensed physical therapist or instructor, these classes offer a safe environment for anyone new to exercise or who has arthritis joint pain to begin. This class is provided free of charge for anyone over 55 and all fitness levels are welcome.

West Charlotte - Wilmore Community Center, 501 West Blvd.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

East Charlotte - Amity Presbyterian Church, 2831 N. Sharon Amity Rd.
Mondays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Please call our office, 704-331-4878, for more information or directions.

Individual or Group Workshops

Health Professionals are available to meet with you individually or upon request to speak for community groups about arthritis, Fibromyalgia and osteoporosis.
Arthritis Services will provide an educational workshop tailored to your civic group, church, neighborhood, business, social club, etc. on any topics related to arthritis and related diseases. Just call the office to arrange a program for your group free of charge..
(Donations accepted.)