Living your best life with arthritis.

Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis

Workplace slideACE launches second annual Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis program

Canadian employers, working with their private health insurers, are increasingly looking for ways to promote patient-focused prevention, treatment and management of arthritis as part of a health and wellness program for employees. To recognize these best arthritis practices, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) announces the second annual search for Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis.

Categorizing companies by size (small, medium and large), ACE analyzes company practices and programs compared to other candidate companies based on criteria such as arthritis literacy, physical workplace adaptability, flexible hours and extended health benefit plans.

To determine if your company is eligible for Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis program, please visit: jointhealth.org.

Asthma increases risk of osteoporosis

X-ray of ChestThe National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute state that asthma is a chronic disease that affects more than 22 million Americans (an estimated 6 million of whom are children). On World Asthma Day, we want to remind people living with asthma that they may also be at increased risk for osteoporosis. Though asthma itself does not threaten your bone health, asthma medications and behavioural practices may affect your bones.

An asthma attack can be triggered by everyday activities, such as air pollution, dust, allergens, exercise, infections, emotional upset, or certain foods. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, increased and rapid heart rate, and sweating. Children may experience itchy upper chest and get dry coughs. Continue reading

Arthritis in Alberta – Surveying Alberta electoral candidates

Alberta Elections Slide ImageACE asks Alberta’s political leaders to share their plan on how to improve arthritis prevention, treatment and care.

According to the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, arthritis has devastating and debilitating effects on the lives of more than 500,000 Albertans. It is also the leading cause of work disability in Alberta, with nearly three out of every five people with arthritis of working age, costing Alberta’s economy $3.3 billion in direct and indirect costs.

Arthritis Consumer Experts sent an open letter and survey to all candidates in the upcoming May 5th Alberta provincial election, asking them how their Party plans to improve arthritis prevention, treatment and care.

Candidate responses can be viewed on our website. Click on Alberta Election 2015 where you will find responses categorized by party and arranged according to the date we receive them.
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AS it Goes – Bridging the Patient-Doctor Divide

The doctor is listeningA checkup appointment at my rheumatologist (doctor who specializes in arthritis) always leads to some interesting discussions. Most of the time I try to “research” a topic beforehand, so that I am armed with the latest background information on whatever are my most pressing concerns at the time. When I launch into my questions (I always have a list written out), I have a better-than-even chance of holding a meaningful conversation with my rheumy. In turn, I get more out of the conversation instead of returning home with questions that even Google cannot answer. Understanding what he is really saying provides me with the sense that I am in control of my ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and not the other way around (AS controlling me?) Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Mr. Michael Mallison: Thoughts from the CSA

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

Today’s feature interview – Mr. Michael Mallison: Thoughts from the Canadian Spondylitis Association (CSA)

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 Mr. Michael Mallison

Michael MallisonMichael was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis ten years after onset. Looking for support, he joined the Ontario Spondylitis Association, becoming its Fundraising Chair and then President. Michael was elected the first President of the Canadian Spondylitis Association in 2007 and continues to fill that role. Continue reading