Putting on clothes can be a difficult task for people living with arthritis, limited mobility and range of motion, and other medical problems.
For someone living with arthritis, simple tasks, such as buttoning a shirt, tying shoelaces, or pulling up a zipper, are made difficult by joint pain and inflammation. Caregivers can help in this aspect but it can be a demeaning, intimate and tricky task for both parties. People with Alzheimer or dementia may also have trouble in dressing themselves. They may forget how to put on a shirt or which way the buttons face.
One way to make things easier is to use adaptive clothes. Adaptive clothes have details like Velcro tabs instead of zips and buttons, as well as adjustable or removable components that help to save time and reduce the risk of injury. “More importantly, this type of clothing improves one’s comfort and bolsters self-esteem,” said Ms. Punithamani Kandasamy, a registered nurse and caregiving trainer at Active Global Specialised Caregivers. In an interview with the Straight Times in Singapore, Ms. Punithamani explains how different types of adaptive apparel and footwear can be useful for both the wearer and the caregiver. Below is an excerpt from the interview: Continue reading
JointHealth™ insight – March 2017
Arthritis in the workplace: Are employers and employees speaking the same language?
In this issue of JointHealth™ insight, Arthritis Consumer Experts looks at the current state of arthritis in the workplace. Find out what makes the City of Ottawa and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network two of Canada’s best workplaces for employees living with arthritis.
In this issue, you will also find:
- A summary on arthritis in the workplace, including the latest statistics about the cost of work disability
- Suggestions on what kind of flexible work arragements would help workers with arthritis
- Key messages for employers
- Tips for employees living with arthritis
Making it work: Employment & Arthritis
Arthritis Research Canada is looking for participants to join a study on preventing work loss for people with osteoarthritis.
Purpose of this study: The aim of this study is to develop an on-line eLearning self-management program to help people with osteoarthritis deal with employment issues and stay employed.
Who can participate?
Anyone from the province of British Columbia and Alberta.
To be eligible to participate in this study, you must:
- Be between the ages of 18 and 70 years;
- Have been told by a physician that you have osteoarthritis in either the hip, the knee, or your hands;
- Be currently employed OR having stopped working in the past 5 years;
What is involved? Continue reading
In 2008, a rheumatology workforce analysis report published by the American College of Rheumatology Workforce Study Advisory Group concluded:
Based on assessment of supply and demand under current scenarios, the demand for rheumatologists is expected to exceed supply in the coming decades. Strategies for the profession to adapt to this changing health care landscape include increasing the number of fellows each year, utilizing physician assistants and nurse practitioners in greater numbers, and improving practice efficiency.
Fast forward to 2015
The 2015 ACR/ARHP Workforce Study of Rheumatology Specialists in the United States projects a shortage of 3,845 rheumatologists in the U.S. by 2025, an increase from the 2005 ACR Workforce Study, which projected a shortage of 2,576 rheumatologists. Reasons for the shortage include: Continue reading
Arthritis Broadcast Network (ABN) – powered by Arthritis Consumer Experts – All your arthritis news and information. All the time. Thanks to our fans, our most recent Facebook Live event reached over 23,000 people in just three days!
Arthritis Broadcast Network is honoured to be named one of the top 40 arthritis blogs and websites for people living with arthritis by Feedspot. Rankings are based on the following criteria: Continue reading
Each of us has the power to change arthritis—together, we can change the way arthritis is perceived by the public, portrayed in the media, and understood by government. As people with arthritis, and their family members and friends, the arthritis community is in a unique position to provide media, government, and healthcare decision-makers with the real story of arthritis.
But none of us can do this alone. One or two voices may be easy to ignore, but speaking together we are powerful. The voice of arthritis—the voices of all of the people who live with the disease, or care about someone who does—is strong and getting stronger every day.
Please take the time to view the interviews below on patient advocacy and learn what passionate people and patient organizations are doing to promote arthritis awareness. Learn the facts about arthritis, and about the discrimination that people with arthritis face every day. Think about your own story, or the story of someone you love. When you’re ready, join with us and take action.
Challenge the misperceptions. Speak up. Tell your story. Change arthritis.
The interviews below are conducted as part of the “CRA Interview Series 2017 – Facebook Live #CRArthritis Speaker’s Corner” event at the CRA Annual Scientific Meeting & AHPA Annual Meeting in Ottawa earlier this month. Continue reading