National Arthritis Week: How to Get Involved

Many of us know someone who suffers with arthritis. You may even suffer with it yourself. It’s a disease which affects one in six people in the UK and unfortunately there is no complete cure. However, charities like Arthritis Research UK do great work in helping to discover ways to help. That’s why they launched National Arthritis Week. This week helps to raise awareness of the work that they do and how you can get help if you are a sufferer. It is based around international World Arthritis Day and continues the fantastic work they do here in the UK.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disease. It causes pain and stiffness in the joints and affects approximately 8 million people in the UK. This is often just seen as something that you have to put up with as you get older. There are many things you can do to aid the condition in its early stages, yet it’s important to help fund the ongoing research to find a cure.

Getting Involved in National Arthritis Week

1. Attend an Event

Events are being organised across the country so keep a look out for National Arthritis Week events going on in your area. From collections, to skydives, sponsored walks to coffee mornings, there’s something for everyone. Of course, there are also opportunities to volunteer at all of the events during the week and throughout the rest of the year. If you are interested in taking part, then email events@arthritisrsearchuk.org.

2. Organise an Event

You can support these events by attending them or even organising your own fundraiser. If you are organising your own event, to support people during National Arthritis Week or at any other time of year, you can order your fundraising pack from Arthritis Research UK.

3. Take Part in The National Arthritis Survey

In 2014, Arthritis Research UK will be holding their third annual survey. This is a chance for you to give your input and share your experience with others. They want to find out more about what’s important to those who are affected by arthritis and ways in which they can help them. This will have an impact on future research and will help to speed up the process for finding a solution. 

Work Completed by World Arthritis Day

1. The “One Thing That Would Make it Easier” Campaign

This fantastic campaign invites people living with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease (RMD) to share with others how they have helped to make life easier. This simple campaign gives inspiration to people across the globe on how they can improve their way of life. Voting has now closed but you can still read the creative ideas shared by people which help them to live with RMD. Winners will be announced on World Arthritis Day – 12 October 2014, so keep an eye out.

2. Healthy Living Features

World Arthritis Day creates a number of features covering issues of importance to people living with a rheumatic or muscular disease. The latest feature is based around Lifestyle Choices. This particular feature contains expert, medical advice on how making healthy choices can have a big impact on your quality of life. There is information on potential risks for RMDs such as being overweight or not having the right levels of vitamins and minerals in your diet. There is also advice on factors which may aggravate the condition such as stress, alcohol and lack of sleep.

3. Living Better, Ageing Well Campaign

The theme for World Arthritis Day this year is Healthy Ageing, focusing on those who are growing older with RMD. It covers the physical and mental changes that occur as we age and the outside factors which can contribute to our quality of life.

4. Tools for You

The World Arthritis Day website has a huge wealth of information and resources for individuals with RMD. This includes downloadable detailed information such as a “health passport” and information on beneficial exercises and activities. There is also a section dedicated to organisations to help get them started on providing information and advice to those living with RMD.

Many people are suffering with rheumatic arthritis or musculoskeletal disease but it’s important to remember that you are not alone. Organisations are constantly working on not only a cure, but also ways to help improve your quality of life in the meantime. Make sure you get involved in helping to allow them to continue the incredible work that they are doing.

 


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