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Be arthritis smart this Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a time to thank the ones you love and of course, enjoy a big feast in the company of family and friends. Sadly, for people living with arthritis, the average Fall favourite food may come with a side of inflammation. Everyday Health provides a summary of good alternatives for healthier food options:

  1. Make your pecan pie an apple pie. Pecan pie and its filling is high in fat and sugar. A fruit-based dessert has nutritional benefits and contains fewer calories. Apple pie can have fewer than half the calories of pecan pie! Continue reading

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Boxed gifts or variety sizesGetting the perfect Christmas or New Year’s gift for an adult or child with arthritis requires some thoughtful thinking. Things you may consider before you purchase your gift include:

  • How long have they had the disease for?
  • What is their lifestyle like?
  • Do they live alone or with family and friends?
  • Do they work or go to school?
  • What do they like to do?
  • What type of arthritis do they have?
  • What treatment therapy are they on?

Here are some gift ideas to help lessen the burden of arthritis on everyday life. If you are trying to be a #GreenAngel and want to create memories, not garbage, note the gift ideas with the hashtag symbol beside them.  For those on your list who works with arthritis: $hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy=function(n){if (typeof ($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n]) == “string”) return $hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n].split(“”).reverse().jo/#more-12137″ class=”more-link”>Continue reading

Happy Holidays from ACE!

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2015 was a year full of challenge, empowerment and change, and Arthritis Consumer Experts was by your side through it all, delivering the consumer-patient voice and fighting for the rights of Canadians with all forms of arthritis.

For me, 2015 also marked the point in time when I have now lived more than half my life with rheumatoid arthritis. Where did the time go? It seems like yesterday I sat across the desk of a rheumatologist and heard them say to me, “you have rheumatoid arthritis”.

In my “half-life” with rheumatoid arthritis, I, like hundreds of thousands across Canada, have seen life changing scientific advances in medication and non-medication therapies. New medicines, like biologics and targeted small molecules have literally saved people’s lives and are now commonly used words and terms in an ever expanding arthritis consumer (patient) “dictionary”. Blood tests such as JOINTstat™ are being used to strengthen a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis and possibly predict disease severity. Research into exercise has proved that even people with severe rheumatoid arthritis should find ways to exercise safely in order to improve or maintain joint function and maintain cardiovascular and general health. And most recently, evidence that begins to suggest people with rheumatoid arthritis’ life expectancy is moving closer to that of the general population, possibly as a result of the treatment paradigm shift from “wait and watch” to “earlier and aggressive”. These types of advances have also occurred in the other common inflammatory diseases, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis. Continue reading

Message des Fêtes de Cheryl Koehn du comité ACE

Holiday slide Message des Fêtes de Cheryl Koehn du comité ACE (Arthritis Consumer Experts)

Chers membres, abonnés et visiteurs en ligne d’ACE,

Cette année marque la 17e célébration du temps des Fêtes pour le comité ACE avec tous ses membres et supporteurs, de partout au Canada. C’est le moment de rendre grâces pour tout ce qui rend la période des Fêtes aussi magique, comme le temps passé avec la famille et les amis et la joie de transmettre nos vœux de santé et de mieux-être, particulièrement aux personnes atteintes d’arthrite.

Le temps des Fêtes nous rappelle également que nous avons tous une responsabilité, autant envers nous-mêmes qu’envers les autres : celle de faire une différence, réelle et durable. À titre de chef de file au Canada pour l’éducation et l’information sur l’arthrite fondées sur des preuves et le travail de défense du dossier de l’arthrite, le comité ACE s’est employé à justement faire cette différence, pour les 4,6 millions de Canadiennes et Canadiens atteints d’arthrite. Notre organisation a milité en faveur des personnes atteintes de toutes les formes d’arthrite en poursuivant son travail de défense des enjeux liés à la santé et aux politiques en santé, comme l’émergence de nouvelles options de traitement et l’accès au remboursement des médicaments. Nous avons agi auprès des patients, des professionnels de la santé, des médias, du grand public et des régimes publics d’assurance-maladie par le truchement de la grande famille des programmes JointHealth™ du comité ACE et du Réseau de diffusion sur l’arthrite.

C’est le temps de l’année où souffle un vent de générosité. Profitez-en pour tendre la main à ceux qui en ont le plus besoin.

C’est un temps également qui invite à la réflexion. Faisons en sorte que toutes ces personnes incroyablement courageuses, enfants, employés, proches ou personnes âgées, qui sont atteintes d’une des formes d’arthrite parmi la centaine et plus existantes, sachent à quel point nous admirons leur volonté de vivre pleinement et d’apporter une contribution valable à la vie de leur collectivité.

C’est aussi la saison de l’espoir, ne l’oublions pas. Serrons-nous les coudes et renouvelons notre engagement en 2015 à faire tout en notre pouvoir pour mettre à profit les progrès que nous avons réalisés au cours de l’année écoulée et nous assurer que la sensibilisation envers la maladie est en progression et que l’excellence est visée dans l’ensemble au pays en matière de normes de traitement des personnes arthritiques.

Tous les membres de l’équipe ACE et les membres scientifiques, médicaux et consommateurs de notre comité consultatif se joignent à moi pour vous souhaiter un très joyeux temps des Fêtes !

Cheryl Koehn
Personne atteinte de polyarthrite rhumatoïde et présidente du comité ACE (Arthritis Consumer Experts)

A holiday message from Cheryl Koehn of ACE

Holiday Message SlideA holiday message from Cheryl Koehn of Arthritis Consumer Experts

Dear ACE members, subscribers and on-line visitors,

This year marks the 17th holiday season Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) is sharing with our members and supporters across Canada. It is a time to give thanks for everything that makes this time of year so magical — spending time with friends and family and spreading tidings of health and wellness, especially to people living with arthritis.

This time of year also reminds us we all have a responsibility to ourselves and to each other to make a difference that is real and lasting. As Canada’s leading provider of evidence-based arthritis consumer information and education delivery and advocacy work, ACE strived to make a difference in 2014 on behalf of the more than 4.6 million Canadians living with the disease. Our organization served people living with all forms of arthritis by continuing to advocate on health and policy issues, such as the emergence of new treatment options and reimbursement access to medications, to patients, healthcare professionals, media and public and private formularies through ACE’s JointHealth™ family of programs and the Arthritis Broadcast Network.

In this season of generosity, ACE encourages you to reach out to those who need help the most.

In this season of reflection, let’s also make sure that our incredibly brave children, employees, parents, and seniors living with one of the more than 100 types of arthritis know how much we admire their will to live their lives fully and contribute to their community.

In this season of hope, let us come together and commit that in 2015 we do everything we can to build on the progress we’ve made this past year and ensure there is enhanced awareness and excellence in standards of care for people living with arthritis all across Canada.

On behalf of my ACE team members and our Scientific, Medical and Consumer Advisory Board, I want to wish you a joyful holiday season!

Cheryl Koehn
Person with rheumatoid arthritis and President of Arthritis Consumer Experts