The Arthritis Research Institute of America (ARIA) was founded in 1984 by Dr. John Barrett, MD, a local Orthopedic surgeon. ARIA's highly published Clearwater Osteoarthritis Study (COS) was a 25-year epidemiological study focused on the risk factors for osteoarthritis.
Nutrition, Exercise, and Yoga were identified in the COS as important in preventing, managing, and to some extent treating osteoarthritis, and most diseases of aging. Upon completion of the study and publication of the research, ARIA struggled with how to deliver the many valuable components to the local aging community.
In 2015, ARIA put valuable research into practice and began providing weekly Exercise, Nutrition, and Yoga classes under the name of the Arthritis & Wellness Institute (AWI). The goal was to offer these classes in a positive and unique environment using a membership model to encourage accountabilty. In 2017, AWI changed its name again to the Aging & Wellness Institute to reflect our evolution, and reaffirm our commitment to changing the lives of all older adults, regardless of the chronic condition.
The Mission of the Aging & Wellness Institute (AWI) is to promote a longer life, a healthier life, and a more independent life. We support adults over age 60 who are committed to improving their overall health in an effort to maximize quality of life, maintain independence, and reduce the pain associated with aging.