What has ACE done for you lately? Here’s a few highlights during Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada.
The delivery of healthcare may be a provincial responsibility, but the federal government also plays a significant role in funding healthcare and shaping healthcare policies.
To help our members and subscribers compare healthcare platforms, we asked the Conservative Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party of Canada, the Liberal Party of Canada and the Green Party of Canada the same four questionsabout top healthcare issues for Canadians living with arthritis. ACE is posting responses on our website. Continue reading →
The award-winning chef Seamus Mullen, athlete Aimée Espinoza of San Clemente, California, triathlete Dina Neils and Pain Talks Founder Alan Brewington are all successful people, who just happen to live with arthritis. Remember that you have arthritis, but it doesn’t have you.
In an interview with Everyday Health, Seamus Mullen, author of Hero Food and the chef and owner behind New York City’s Tertulia restaurant, said: “I think the first mistake I made was believing that life as I knew it was over. I really felt as though the rug was pulled from beneath me, and that I would never again be able to do the things I once loved doing.” Mullen was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2007. He adds, “I really wish that, early on, I’d gotten to know more people who were living and functioning with RA, and that I’d learned more about what I could do as an individual to treat the disease, rather than depending so heavily on the medical community for answers.” Continue reading →
A recent Canadian research published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders found that older adults with arthritis are less likely than young and middle-aged adults to report worse outcomes that include more pain, sleep disturbance, and impaired mental health. Regardless of age, the researchers stress the importance of timely diagnosis and treatment for all ages in order to prevent or minimize arthritis-related impairment.
The study examined and compared the physical and mental health effects of arthritis in older Canadian adults (75+ years) and younger adults (20-44, 45-64, and 65-74 years). Led by Siobhan O’Donnell, MSc, an epidemiology researcher at the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention in Ottawa, the study analyzed poll data on 4,565 respondents from the arthritis component of the 2009 Survey on Living with Chronic Diseases in Canada (a cross-sectional follow-up survey to the larger 2008 Canadian Community Health Survey). The survey looked at the following: Continue reading →
September is Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada. In this issue of JointHealth™ monthly, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) looks at Models of Care for Inflammatory Arthritis to improve the way healthcare is delivered to patients by the health policy decision makers, rheumatologists, allied health professionals and other health care providers who care for them.
Below are highlights from this month’s newsletter:
What is an inflammatory arthritis model of care
The foundation of modernizing IA care in Canada
The role of IA patients in the development of a pan-Canadian approach to inflammatory arthritis models of care
Labour Day celebrates the achievements of workers. It originated with the labour union movement which called for eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. It is important that we acknowledge workplace safety, especially for your joints, in order to foster workplace achievements, retain qualified workers, and optimize work productivity.
Certain jobs put your joints at higher risk of getting arthritis, such as those that require you to make the same repetitive motions daily. In an interview with Everyday Health, Erik Gail, MD, professor of clinical medicine in the rheumatology section and interim director of the Arizona Arthritis Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, said: “Anything that puts unhealthy strains or stresses on the joints can cause arthritis.” Below is a list of jobs that may increase your risk for arthritis if you don’t take the necessary arthritis prevention strategies. Continue reading →
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I can hear the sound of the spill even before it happens. Why? Because it’s a predictable outcome and it’s an oft-repeated event in our household. The noise I am referring to is the sound of a plastic pill bottle with 250 capsules hitting a tile floor and bouncing…. everywhere. The scattershot is usually followed by a few select curses and my name.
The issue is that I don’t put the childproof caps back on bottles (or any other hard-to-open bottle top, for that matter). The osteoarthritis in my thumbs and other finger joints make it a struggle-and-a-half to twist and line-up the arrows and then press down sufficiently hard while turning in the slim hope that I will actually succeed in freeing a childproof cap. Once I manage to get those dang tops off, I simply leave them off. Sometimes I rest the cover on top of the bottle, which is a deceptive practice because it appears that the top is securely closed (my bad), which leads to unfortunate incidents, such as the spill situ described above. Continue reading →