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Caring for the Arthritic Patient

Broadcast Date:  August 8, 2008
(1 hour, 45 minutes)

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Program Overview

Forty-six million Americans report that a doctor told them they have arthritis or other rheumatic conditions. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, limiting the activities of nearly 19 million adults. Arthritis literally means joint inflammation and is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting about one in every six Americans.

Although arthritis is often referred to as one disease, it is not. There are more than 100 forms of arthritis. Osteoarthritis, sometimes called degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is most common in women and adults over age 45. It may affect any joint in the body, including those found in the fingers, hips, knees, lower back and feet. The next most common form of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis affecting 1 in every 100 people; this autoimmune disease is three times more common in women than in men. Another common form of arthritis is Fibromyalgia. This syndrome affects an estimated 6 to 8 million people. A chronic disorder affecting mostly women, the condition is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, poor sleeping patterns and multiple tender points that occur in precise, localized areas, particularly in the neck, spine, shoulders and hips.

How does arthritis develop? What are the symptoms of arthritis? Program topics include warning signs and symptoms, treatments and perhaps most importantly self-management principles and techniques. There will also be a demonstration of exercises and functional activities that can be performed easily in the home.

Faculty

Sandi Falkenhagen
Director
Public Health and Advocacy
Alabama Chapter
Arthritis Foundation

Target Audience

Home Health Aides & Attendants

Contact Hours

Social Workers 1.75 hours

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334-206-5618 or email ALPHTN

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