Living your best life with arthritis.

Fibre rich diet may prevent arthritis knee pain in older adults

According to a recent study, diets rich in fibre from plant-based foods can lower the risk of developing knee pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis (OA) in older adults. Fibre-rich diet can also lower cholesterol, contribute to a better-controlled blood sugar, and a healthier diet.

Sources of dietary fibreOsteoarthritis is a common type of arthritis that affects more than 3,200,000 Canadians – about 1 in 10. Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown in cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is a protein substance that acts as a cushion between bones in joints, allowing joints to function smoothly. The disease can affect any joint, but hands and weight-bearing joints—including the spine, hips and knees—are most often affected. Other joints, like shoulders, elbows, and ankles, are less likely to be affected unless the joint has been damaged by injury.

Continue reading

Do you know a volunteer with arthritis who deserves recognition?

The Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award

Banner for Qualman-Davies Award for volunteer with arthritis

 

Do you know a person with arthritis who has, or is, providing leadership in the community and deserves recognition for their valuable volunteer work? We encourage you to help us celebrate their contributions by nominating them for the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award.

The Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award was created in 2014 to recognize one person’s contributions to helping Canadians living with the disease to be heard in decision-making processes that affect millions. That’s what Ann Qualman and Jim Davies did as early pioneers in arthritis advocacy in Canada. Their tireless and selfless efforts helped millions of Canadians.

Nomination process:

To submit a nomination, please follow the four steps listed below.

  1. Obtain the prospective nominee’s consent to be nominated prior to submitting this form.
  2. Click here for the nomination form. If you create a separate nomination document, please use the headings provided on the Nomination Form PDF for ease of review by the award adjudication committee.
  3. Provide the completed nomination form to the nominee for their review for accuracy and obtain their signature on the document.
  4. Submit the form to feedback@jointhealth.org

The application deadline is August 31, 2017. Each submission will be reviewed by the award adjudication committee and scored on a points system. The winner and their nominator will be notified by the adjudication committee chair by September 8, 2017. The award will be bestowed in person at the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s Annual Conference Gala, this year taking place on October 26, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia (award recipient’s expenses will be covered).

About Ann Qualman and Jim Davies Continue reading

Everyday Health features Cheryl Koehn and her life with rheumatoid arthritis

Everyday Health featured an article about Cheryl Koehn, Founder and President of Arthritis Consumer Experts. In the article, Cheryl Koehn shares her story to help others with RA learn from the mistakes she made, such as missed symptoms, diagnosis denial, and treatment delays. Below is an excerpt of the Everyday Health feature:

What Rheumatoid Arthritis Taught an Olympic Volleyball Player

Picture of rheumatoid arthritis advocate Cheryl Koehn

Cheryl Koehn, with Molly, an Australian Labradoodle, started Arthritis Consumer Experts to help improve RA education.

 

Is denial a common response to a rheumatic disease diagnosis? Cheryl Koehn will be the first person to tell you that she had trouble accepting her diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). After all, as a teenager, she was already an elite volleyball player, competing with the U.S. Junior National Team. She earned a four-year scholarship at the University of Washington in Seattle. But by age 27, just a few years after playing a competitive sport at a high level, she needed to sit in the handicapped seat on the bus to get to work. “The toughest part of accepting it,” Koehn says, “was that when I began to look into the disease, I didn’t see anyone like me.”

The Lack of Arthritis Education and Awareness

It was this experience that led Koehn to create Arthritis Consumer Experts, a Vancouver-based organization dedicated to helping those with arthritis to increase their health literacy and to understand what they are facing. “I put off treatment for about a year after my diagnosis,” Koehn says. “If my health literacy were much higher then, I probably would have made different choices.”

Continue reading

What resources do you want to see in the EQUIP-TJR toolkit?

EQUIP banner for research studyHere’s your chance to take a Canada-wide survey on the patient’s views on quality indicator resources for hip and knee replacement rehabilitation.

Researchers at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility in Vancouver have developed quality indicators (QIs) for hip and knee replacement rehabilitation. Quality indicators state the quality of rehabilitation care that all patients having a joint replacement for hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA) should expect to receive. They are currently creating a ‘toolkit’ to help people like you and your families learn about these QIs and use them to: Continue reading

Let BC PharmaCare hear “Your Voice” on biosimilar etanercept

Stickman with megaphone calling for patient inputBC PharmaCare is looking for your input on biosimilar etanercept (Erelzi) for the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Biosimilar etanercept (Erelzi) is now being considered for coverage under the British Columbia Ministry of Health’s PharmaCare program. By filling out a questionnaire on a website called Your Voice, you can provide your input on biosimilar etanercept for the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). You can give input if you are a B.C. resident and have AS, JIA or RA, a caregiver to someone with AS, JIA or RA, or if your group represents people who live with AS, JIA or RA.
Continue reading

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day – Race is on! #WAAD17

#WAAD17 Graphic and BannerJoin the “virtual” race to increase public awareness of autoimmune arthritis

May 20 is World Autoimmune Arthritis Day (WAAD). The International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis established this commemorative date back in 2012. The virtual event unites dozens of nonprofits, advocates, and experts from around the world to provide educational and awareness information to patients, their supporters, and the general public.

Participants and partner organizations will participate in a virtual global race where they will visit social media and organizational websites and resources. WAAD is hosted on May 20th for the duration of all Time Zones (May 19th 6am EST – May 21st 5am EST). You can participate online on Facebook and Twitter and follow the event’s hashtag #WAAD17. On race day, help Team ACEwin the race and spread awareness:

Continue reading