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WHAT A six-week arthritis class that helps seniors and others cope with and better manage arthritis. An in-home online version of the class is also available that provides online support for people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or fibromyalgia.
WHYAn in person or online class and support group for seniors and others in the community with arthritis that gives seniors a greater sense of control in the management of their own care.
WHEREStanford School of Medicine Patient Education Center.
The National Council on Aging- Better Choices Better Health
Across the USA and Canada through the Arthritis Society.

Program Description

A self-management program that helps handle the day-to-day challenges of arthritis.
Arthritis classes
cover how to reduce arthritis pain and stress, information on arthritis medication and exercises. The "Arthritis Self-Help" Program is taught by Arthritis Foundation certified instructors.

Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book,
"The Arthritis Helpbook" which includes:

  • Information sheets on common arthritis problems and helpful solutions
  • Self-Test that helps individuals set priorities for a personal self-management plan
  • Action Plan with examples for developing a self-management plan
  • An Arthritis Exercise Action Plan with instruction
  • Relaxation CD and Exercise CDs

An in-home arthritis class is also an option with the help of the guided "Arthritis Helpbook" booklet.

The "Arthritis Self-Help" Program classes can also be accessed through the internet by email and online discussion boards, and moderators. Mutual support and success builds arthritis participants' confidence in seniors' ability to manage arthritis and maintain active and fulfilling lives. Seniors are able to log on to the program at their own convenience.

Arthritis class topics covered include:

-Techniques to deal with arthritic problems such as pain, fatigue, frustration and isolation
-Appropriate arthritis exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
-Appropriate use of arthritis medications
-Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
-Healthy eating for arthritis
-Making informed treatment decisions
-Arthritis disease related problem solving
-Getting a good night's sleep with arthritis


Find out more about the “Arthritis Self-Management” Program


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