For many in the US, arthritis is facet of daily life. Inflamed, achy joints that characterize the disease are the main cause of disability among people over 55 in most industrialized nations, an ailment to which there is currently no cure. But in Cincinnati, there’s help, thanks to the Arthritis Foundation Ohio River Valley.
The Arthritis Foundation Ohio River Valley office was established in 1956 to help care for people living with arthritis. The non-profit organization’s hands can be found in a variety of pies, from prevention research to management and care of arthritis and related diseases.
“One in five people currently live with a form of arthritis,” says Tracy Jodrey, division vice president of the Arthritis Foundation Ohio River Valley, in an email. “More than 100 forms of arthritis and related conditions have been identified. Arthritis affects all age groups.”
The Arthritis Foundation offers a host of therapeutic programs designed to get the arthritic residents of Cincinnati moving. “Programs for Better Living” include Thai Chi and aqua-aerobics, exercises designed to decrease joint pain. Classes can be found at 44 local facilities, including YMCAs.
In addition, the Foundation provides educational seminars, including the Arthritis Answer Series, in collaboration with The Christ Hospital in May.
“We serve as the central resource for residents with arthritis,” says Jodrey. “The Arthritis Foundation is the one-stop resource.”
The Arthritis Foundation also caters to children living with arthritis, an estimated 300,000 in the region. Through a partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the Foundation established the SAK Backpack program which offers resources to newly diagnosed children with juvenile arthritis.
. The Arthritis Foundation’s largest event of the year is the Arthritis Walk 5K, May 20 at Sawyer Point.
. The Arthritis Foundation depends on support from the community to assist those living with arthritis.
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By Ryan McLendon