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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Fitness
  • Water Aerobics/Exercise
  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program (AFAP) is a water exercise program designed for people with arthritis and related conditions. Water exercise is especially good for people with arthritis, because it allows you to exercise without putting excess strain on your joints and muscles. The AFAP gives you the opportunity to do gentle activities in warm water, with guidance from a trained instructor. Although it is a nonclinical program (one that will not replace a prescribed regimen of therapeutic exercise), past participants have enjoyed some physical benefits such as decreased pain and stiffness.

Classes offer a series of warm water recreational exercises in a group setting. Water provides a safe environment for reducing joint stiffness and pain, while improving joint flexibility, muscle strength, coordination and stamina. The buoyancy of the water allows you to exercise without placing the strain on the joints and muscles. Also, participation in a group aquatic class can enhance well-being through social interaction. Any adult with arthritis or a related condition may join an AFAP class - swimming ability is not required! Classes are lead by A.F. trained instructors who have CPR certification. Before participating in any exercise program, check with your doctor about any individual.