Living your best life with arthritis.

AS it Goes – Light-hearted poetry helps to cope

“Spring has sprung

The grass is riz

I wonder where the birdie is?

The little bird is on the wing,

But thats absurd!

Because the wing is on the bird!

 

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This little ditty, which many of us learned as children, should be changed for all chronic pain sufferers: substitute “pain” for “bird”! (The verse is equally nonsensical if you read bird or pain, with apologies to author Ogden Nash, an American poet best known for writing pithy and funny light verse). Continue reading

Exercise: An essential part of your arthritis treatment plan

Person with dog on the beachExercise: An essential component of your arthritis treatment plan

The last thing someone living with the extreme pain of arthritis may want to think about is . . . exercise. As it happens, exercise is one of the most important components — along with healthy eating — of your arthritis treatment plan. Low-impact exercise can be beneficial for someone living with arthritis.

Low-impact exercise / high-impact benefit
Walking, bicycling, yoga, tai chi, Pilates, low-impact aerobics, swimming, and water aerobics are types of low-impact exercises. Regardless of their age, those living with long-term arthritis and its associated pain can participate in low-impact exercises. A bonus, is that low-impact exercise decreases stress levels and helps to improve the way you feel. If you are doing any of these activities outdoor, remember to wear sunscreen and proper footwear.

Today, #TeamArthritis challenge you to participate in any of the above exercises. Please take a photo and share with us on our event page Continue reading

Adherence rate low in rheumatoid arthritis patients

Angry expressionA recent study published in the journal Rheumatology found that 40% of patients scored low in an adherence questionnaire at least once during the course of the study. The study was conducted by researchers from the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology at The University of Manchester. They studied 392 rheumatoid arthritis patients who started taking the biological therapy adalimumab (Humira®) during the year 2007-2009.

Professor Ian Bruce, senior author and director of the NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, said: “This is one of the first studies to assess biological adherence in rheumatoid arthritis patients over time. In the era of new and effective high-cost drugs, there is the assumption that people with rheumatoid arthritis regularly take their medication as prescribed, but our findings challenge this assumption. We have shown that health professionals should not assume that because biologics are effective and expensive that all patients will take these as prescribed.” Continue reading

ACE is searching for Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis

May JHMIn May’s JointHealth™ monthly Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) looks at the state of arthritis in the workplace and announces the second annual search for Canada’s Best Workplace for Employees Living with Arthritis. The deadline to apply for this award is Friday, July 24, 2015. Below are highlights and snippets from this month’s newsletter: Continue reading

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