Register for this free event to hear and learn from inspirational women living with arthritis and leading health professionals!
Event date: November 26, 2018, from 5:45 PM to 8:30 PM
The Westin Bayshore (Salon Ballroom D&E)
1601 Bayshore Drive,
Vancouver V6G 2V4
Free Registration: ramattersatwork.eventbrite.com
300,000 Canadians live with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and women are affected two to three times more often than men. For many people living with RA, career continuation and advancement can seem out of reach.
To help illuminate the accessibility of career progression for people with chronic diseases like RA, Women in Biz Network and Eli Lily Canada are launching a nationwide series of empowering events called RA Matters at Work.
In their Fall issue, The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy featured an article titled “Occupation and the Artist: Sculpting the Illness Experience” on a person that is a favourite in the arthritis and art community – Otto Kamensek. In the article, Otto shares what his exhibit “Glimmer of Hope” means to him.
“Glimmer of Hope” is a visual journal of the pain Otto has experienced throughout his life with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). It illustrates the changes and sensations that have occurred in his body. Throughout his work, he uses symbolism to represent the types of pain he experiences and where it occurs in his joints. Lightning bolts represent flashes of pain, needles represent sharp pain, melted down nails represent festering pain, and elongated pyramids represent monumental pain. His sculpture also depicts scars from hip and knee replacements, muscle wasting, and physical changes in the feet and hands.
Occupational Therapy and Arthritis – from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
What is Occupational Therapy?
Life is made up of meaningful everyday activities or occupations, such as walking the dog, gardening, preparing a meal, painting, doing the laundry and playing games. Occupations are part of life; they describe who we are and how we feel about ourselves. Occupations help bring meaning to life.
When we cannot participate in daily occupations, due to injury, illness, disability or social and environmental circumstances, occupational therapists help find solutions to address the meaningful everyday activities of life. Occupational therapy also helps prevent disability or illness and enhances the way we participate in our communities and lives. Occupational therapy helps us engage in the occupation of living.
What is arthritis and what is the impact?
Today marks the first day of Occupational Therapy Month.
October isn’t just the time for falling leaves, Thanksgiving, and Halloween; in Canada it’s also the month for celebrating occupational therapy.
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists is leading the celebration with a national ad campaign that will raise awareness of occupational therapy and encourage people to ask their insurance and healthcare providers for the services of an occupational therapist (OT). The campaign includes billboards in major cities, posters, bumper stickers, social media, and more. Get the details of what’s happening for Occupational Therapy Month and how you can participate at www.caot.ca. Continue reading
Inside the Victoria Arthritis Centre
Arthritis can strike at any age. Whether you’re diagnosed when you’re just starting out in your working life, have only been established in your career for a short time, or are approaching retirement, what will that mean for you? In some cases, it could lead to work disability, but occupational therapy can delay or prevent that possibility. Find out how. Continue reading