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Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

According to the National Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, “one in two adults aged 65 and over has some form of arthritis.” That statistic might surprise anyone who is not a part of the baby boomer population, but did you know that two thirds of people with arthritis are actually younger than 65 years? If you do not have arthritis, many people within your social circles may very well be living with arthritic pain.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT ARTHRITIS

- Arthritis is an umbrella term used to describe over 100 medical conditions and diseases, known as rheumatic diseases

- Osteo­arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are more common in baby boomers

- Arthritis affects both men and women; it is more common in women

May is National Arthritis Month and Human Touch is very proud to support this important health movement by sharing education and tips about how to support loved ones and how to manage or prevent arthritis pain. There are plenty of ways you can become involved as well.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

1. Walk to Cure Arthritis – Sign up for a local arthritis walk near you: http://goo.gl/68HfHL

2. Help others with everyday tasks - If you have someone in your family that has arthritis, offer your help with everyday tasks as arthritis can make physical tasks much more difficult. Your loved one may often be physically or mentally tired, even if they have slept well.

3. Learn how to manage or prevent arthritis – http://goo.gl/TdafOY

4. Show someone with arthritis that you care – Purchase wellness products to help your loved ones to ease pain on a daily basis. We recommend these products: DVDs – “Tai Chi for Beginners” (Gaiam), “Yoga for the Rest of Us: Easy Yoga for Arthritis” (PBS) or give the gift of daily massage with the Human Touch ZeroG™ 4.0 Immersion Seating with Smart 3D massage engine that simulates the expert movements of a chiropractor, leaving your loved one relaxed and rejuvenated http://goo.gl/hX5v86

5. Learn about the legislation affecting people with arthritis – As a patient, you can understand how legislation may impact your treatment, and by getting involved, you can also speak out on your behalf. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – http://goo.gl/UZzB0l

 

Sources:

http://www.nhs.uk/CarersDirect/guide/kinds/Pages/arthritis.aspx

http://arthritis.org

 

Written By: Susie Green, Wellness Specialist