Partnering with your healthcare team

Pan Am a day, ABN Photo a Day – Hiking

“Canada is a vast, scenic country that offers some of the best hiking in the world. From the ancient rainforests of British Columbia…the foothills and mountains of Alberta…the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere and the Northern Ontario wilderness…the Appalachian Trail in Gaspe…to the coastal beauty of the Eastern provinces…there are hiking trails for every skill and fitness level.” – Discover Canadian Outdoors

HikingAs a British Columbian, I am, of course sharing a picture of a hike I did with my friends at Garibaldi Lake hiking trail. This particular trial was 18 km long and took 6 hours to complete (roundtrip) – taking into consideration we took a nice dip and swim in the glacier water of Garibaldi Lake. This was a more strenuous hike but there are many other trails to discover on Parks Canada’s website.

Hiking and Arthritis

When we asked Dr. Julia Alleyne, the Chief Medical Officer for Team Canada during the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Toronto, what sports she would recommend for people living with arthritis, she replied, “Any sports that involve both upper and lower extremities are good for people with arthritis. Sports with low impact on the joints such as water aerobics, aqua fitness, hiking, swimming, and golfing can be beneficial to someone living with arthritis.” Continue reading

JointHealth™ monthly – Dr. Cy Frank

Canada loses healthcare leader and arthritis patient champion

Dr. Cy Frank pictureApril’s JointHealth™ monthly celebrates the life of Dr. Cy Frank – orthopaedic surgeon, scientific researcher, teacher, mentor, entrepreneur, health-system administrator, policy maker, patient champion, and friend of many in the arthritis community.

In this JointHealth™ monthly, you will also find:

  • A chronology of Dr. Frank’s career achievements
  • Dr. Frank: Researcher and Innovator
  • A leader’s commitment to healthcare system reform and meaningful patient involvement

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Dr. Michel Zummer on Spondyloarthritis

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Dr. Michel Zummer on Spondyloarthritis

ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.

Beginning March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks.

About Dr. Michel Zummer (From Arthritis Alliance of Canada)

Picture of Michel Zummer

Photo from: AAC

Dr. Michel Zummer received his M.D. from Université Laval, in Ste-Foy, Quebec, and internal medicine and rheumatology training at the Université de Montréal and McGill University. Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Dr. Michael Vallis on Motivational Interviewing

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Dr. Michael Vallis on Motivational Interviewing

ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.

Beginning March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks.

About Dr. Michael Vallis

Photo from: Behaviour Change InstituteDr. Vallis is a registered Psychologist at Capital Health and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. He is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor in Psychology. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, London and his main focus is in adult healthy psychology, with a clinical emphasis on diabetes, gastroenterology, cardiovascular risk and obesity. He developed the CDHA Behaviour Change Institute. The institute offers health care providers training and support in working with patients and clients who could benefit from assistance in changing unhealthy behaviour patterns. They have a training program for lifestyle counseling skills for physicians, nurses, dieticians and other healthcare providers.  Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Dr. Glen Hazlewood: Treatment preference

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Dr. Glen Hazlewood: Treatment preference of patients with early rheumatoid arthritis

ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.

Beginning March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks.

About Dr. Glen Hazlewood (from Arthritis Research Canada)

Picture of Glen HazlewoodDr. Glen Hazlewood is a practicing rheumatologist in Calgary and is currently working towards his PhD in Clinical Epidemiology through the Institute of Health, Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto. His PhD co-supervisors are Dr. Deborah Marshall and Dr. Claire Bombardier. Continue reading

The Pharmacist: A key member of your healthcare team

Pharmacist Close upConsulting regularly with your healthcare team, including your doctor and pharmacist, is important for protecting your specific arthritis health issues. Physicians have the details of your medical history and the training to make a diagnosis and decision about your arthritis treatment.

Having said that, people see their pharmacists about eight times more often than their primary care physician. Pharmacists are important resources, based on the frequency that people with arthritis purchase over-the-counter treatments such as acetaminophen, nutritional supplements, splints, and prescription medications. Not only are pharmacists trained to prepare and dispense medications prescribed by physicians, they can also: Continue reading