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JointHealth™ monthly: And the winners are…

September 2014 JHM title pageJointHealth™ monthly: And the winners are…

The results are in. For the past four months, ACE has been receiving submissions and interviewing entrants to the inaugural Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis. And the winners are: TELUS, Agricultural Financial Services Corporation and cfactor Works.

In this issue of JointHealth™ monthly, you will learn which three companies rose above the competition to win Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis Award. As well, you will learn:

  • How the winners of the award were selected.
  • What you can do to communicate and engage with your employer about your arthritis.
  • How to participate in a research study entitled “Arthritis and Employment: Making it Work.”

Free webinar: Overcoming Fatigue with Arthritis

The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD), with The Arthritis Society and OASIS (Osteoarthritis Service Integration System), will be hosting a free webinar tomorrow on overcoming fatigue with arthritis.

The webinar will be held in conjunction with CIRPD’s 28th Annual General Meeting. Due to this, the CIRPD will be having a live, in-person presentation in Vancouver, BC, as well as hosting the webinar online. Below is the time and location of the presentation. To attend the presentation online or in-person, please follow the links.

Time: October 1, 2014 at 1:00pm PDT, 4:00pm EDT

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In-person location:

CMR 1312
Videoconference Room
Life Sciences Centre
2350 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Attend AGM and Presentation in Person

Attend the Webinar Online

Click here to read the presentation agenda.

Presentation Details

Dealing with fatigue on a regular basis can be a challenge. When you also have osteoarthritis, it can make performing every day activities very stressful. However, there are many practical strategies you can use on a daily basis to manage your fatigue and perform your daily activities with greater ease.

The webinar will present some current research on fatigue and discuss strategies and tools to help you identify fatigue triggers. You will also discover adaptive aids and pain management strategies to enable you to be more independent with many daily activities. At the end of this lecture, attendees will be able to answer the following questions:

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AS it Goes – Bike Seat Blues

Fran posing beside her bikeTo help her keep fit, Fran rides her bike, but she is finding it a bit of a pain in the . . .

I’ve written ABN posts about cycling and how my bike-savvy son has outfitted me to maximize my comfort and protect my various body parts (hands, arms, back) affected by osteoarthritis and/or ankylosing spondylitis. But what I failed to take into account as I became more proficient on the bike and my excursions extended beyond a few kilometers, was the effect that biking would have on other ‘lower’ body parts, such as the end of the tailbone and other adjacent posterior bits.

True, I have a high-tech, ergonomic and nicely padded bike seat, but it turns out that my sit-upon region appears to need additional cushioning against uneven road surfaces and the jarring effect of the constant bouncing up and down as you ride along. I know that professional cyclists suffer from numbness and discomfort in the buttocks, but as a recreational (and occasional) rider I never expected to have similar issues. But sure enough, after an hour or so in the saddle, the pain in my hands or arms is secondary to the pain in my butt. Continue reading

Spotlight on Arthritis Superheroes

Picture of JG ChaykoToday, the “Spotlight on Arthritis Superheroes” is shining on J.G. Chayko of The Old Lady in my Bones. 

The Old Lady in my Bones is an arthritis blog by J.G. Chayko (Julia), a writer living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Julia was diagnosed with early Rheumatoid Arthritis in her thirties. She developed her blog to share her experiences of living with this disease, as well as create awareness that arthritis can affect the young too.

“It [arthritis] is a debilitating disease that destroys lives. It affects employment, personal relationships and can cause depression. Knowledge is power. The more you learn about your situation, you can live a fulfilling life despite your disease. Sometimes you must learn to let your old life die and create a new one, like a re-birth.” – J.G. Chayko

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Do you know someone who deserves an award?

The Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award

Award TrophyDo 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 all 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 to 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

The application deadline is October 10, 2014. Each submission will be reviewed by the award adjudication committee and scored on a points system. The successful nominee and their nominator will be provided notification of the award selection by the adjudication committee chair by October 17, 2014. The award will be bestowed in person at the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s Annual Conference Gala, this year taking place on October 31, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario.

Good News for Arthritis Research

Government of BC awards ARC $3 million for arthritis research. Left to right: Ron McKerrow, ARC Board Chair; Minister Terry Lake, Minister of Health; Dr. John Esdaile, Scientific Director ARC; Minister Teresa Wat, MLA Richmond Centre; Linda Reid, Speaker of the House & MLA, Richmond East. Sign they are standing behind says, "Supporting Arthritis Research and Prevention".

Government of BC awards ARC $3 million for arthritis research. Left to right: Ron McKerrow, ARC Board Chair; Minister Terry Lake, Minister of Health; Dr. John Esdaile, Scientific Director ARC; Minister Teresa Wat, MLA Richmond Centre; Linda Reid, Speaker of the House & MLA, Richmond East

The Government of BC donates $3 million for arthritis research.

The Government of British Columbia’s Health Minister, Terry Lake, made an incredible announcement during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon: $3 million dollars will go to the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) to help further developments in arthritis prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

As a disease that encompasses more than 100 forms, arthritis is the leading cause of disability. For this reason, its impact on the Canadian economy is estimated to be $33 billion each year in healthcare costs and lost productivity. During the announcement, Minister Lake said “With this investment, our government aims to help the Arthritis Research Centre continue to improve the lives of British Columbians living with arthritis, as well as reduce the burden arthritis puts on our healthcare system.” Continue reading